Corruped jpg's file size is right but shows 0x0 pixels 1,000+ From data recovery

OK I am doing a data recovery on a customers laptop hard drive. I have used GetDataBack NTFS to do the recovery the folder structure is in bad shape, it's a laptop drive Toshiba that I believe was running XP. There are about 2500 pic or so and about 50% of them are corrupted shows no thumbnail and when you open it it shows just a dot with the ms pic viewer, tried it with irfanview & paint and they both give errors.
The pictures were taken originally with a Kodak Easy share.

I have tried several programs all with copies of the recovered jpg and so far no luck.
The ones I have tried are.

PhotoRescue, PixRecovery, photo shop elements 4, Stellar Phoenix Photo recovery.

These are family photos for about 2-3 years with lots of newborn etc pictures.

I have attached a few of them to see if anyone has any ideas.

Thanks
Mike
baby-cathy0010.jpg
Family-Photos-001.jpg
pawpaw0007.jpg
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BitsBytesandMoreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If the drive is good, I would first try to clone the drive using Acronis or Paragon Partition Manager and on the clone try to use Hard Disk Drive Regenerator from http://www.dposoft.net/#b_hddhid 

"...Almost 60% of all hard drives damaged with bad sectors have an incorrectly magnetized disk surface. they have developed an algorithm which is used to repair damaged disk surfaces. This technology is hardware independent, it supports many types of hard drives and repairs damage that even low-level disk formatting cannot repair. As a result, previously unreadable information will be restored. Because of the way the repair is made, the existing information on the disk drive will not be affected!

Since the program does not change the logical structure of a hard drive, the file system may still show some sectors marked earlier as "bad", and other disk utilities such as Scandisk will detect logical bad sectors even though the disk has been successfully regenerated and is no longer damaged by physical bad sectors. If you want to remove these marks, repartition the hard disk drive...."

It uses a very similar algorithm method as SpinRite where it reads a 0 or a 1, writes and replaces it with the opposite on the drive, then deletes it a writes back again the original 0 or 1 thus making sure the drive is readable and writable ($39).
You may be able to recover the data.
Bits ....
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nobusCommented:
try if this helps :  http://www.impulseadventure.com/            jpeg Snoop
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Nobus this is what it comes up with for one of the files, I see some errors but not sure how to fix them.


JPEGsnoop 1.4.1 by Calvin Hass
  http://www.impulseadventure.com/photo/
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  Filename: [C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\Desktop\pawpaw0007.jpg]
  Filesize: [289094] Bytes

Start Offset: 0x00000000
*** Marker: SOI (xFFD8) ***
  OFFSET: 0x00000000
 
*** Marker: APP0 (xFFE0) ***
  OFFSET: 0x00000002
  length     = 80
  identifier = [JFIF]
  version    = [65.1]
  density    = 364 x 364 ERROR: Unknown m_nImgUnits parameter [65]
  thumbnail  = 0 x 64
 
*** Marker: DQT (xFFDB) ***
  Define a Quantization Table.
  OFFSET: 0x00000014
  Table length = 67
  ----
  Precision=8 bits
  Destination ID=0 (Luminance)
    DQT, Row #0:  67   2   2  67  69   8  10  76
    DQT, Row #1:  66  66   3   4  69  76  12  75
    DQT, Row #2:   3  67  67   5   8  75  14  11
    DQT, Row #3:   3   3  68  70  10  81  80  12
    DQT, Row #4:  68   4   7  75  14  22  85  79
    DQT, Row #5:  69  71  11  77  80  21  23  82
    DQT, Row #6:  10  77  16  17  85  88  24  20
    DQT, Row #7:  14  82  83  20  22  84  85  20
    Approx quality factor = 42.98 (scaling=116.32 variance=20744.49)
 
*** Marker: DQT (xFFDB) ***
  Define a Quantization Table.
  OFFSET: 0x00000059
  Table length = 16451
  ----
  Precision=16 bits
  Destination ID=1 (Chrominance)
    DQT, Row #0: 836 1093 5197 2893 5204 5204 5204 5204
    DQT, Row #1: 1093 1353 5204 5204 5204 5204 5204 50240
    DQT, Row #2: 2373 5204 5204 5204 5204 5204 511 8000
    DQT, Row #3: 5204 5204 5204 5204 5204 849  65 579
    DQT, Row #4: 5204 5204 5204 65472 4417 1345  65 1093
    DQT, Row #5: 5204 5204  81  66 321  64 1607 4160
    DQT, Row #6: 5204 2115 354 321  64 2121 245 577
    DQT, Row #7: 59973 42563 320  64 2635 65476 835 580
    Approx quality factor = 0.57 (scaling=8712.88 variance=226786518.30)
  ----
  Precision=8 bits
  Destination ID=3 (?]
    DQT, Row #0:  69   5   0  65  69  18  50 193
    DQT, Row #1:  68  64 125  17  97  84 145  98
    DQT, Row #2:   4  65  68  49 113 225  51 114
    DQT, Row #3:   2   0  65  98   8 100 194  38
    DQT, Row #4:  67   6   7  99 240   9 101 103
    DQT, Row #5:  83  97  66 209  74  26  40 118
    DQT, Row #6:  81 241  82  22  89 105  53  55
    DQT, Row #7: 193  85  87  24  42 116 120  57
    Approx quality factor = 44.58 (scaling=112.16 variance=9864.36)
  ----
  Precision=16 bits
  Destination ID=10 (?]
ERROR: dqt_dest_id = 10, >= 4
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Bits I am still working on your fix it sounds good I hope it does the trick.

Thanks
Mike
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nobusCommented:
i don't  know the details of it, but it is known as one of the good recovery app's for jpg's
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BitsBytesandMoreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Mike,
Actually, my bad... I take back the above.
I don't think what I posted above makes any sense to me anymore. If something is to be "regenerated" it should be on the original drive as much as I hate to admit it and less to advise on it.
I would still advise that you image the original in case all hell brakes lose but to regenerate something, in my opinion, it has to be on the original.....
Bits...
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Ok. Bits  Sounds good I was wondering a bit too.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Correction: breaks.... what was it thinking.
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Acronis would not let me clone it since it had no partition , I have Spin-Rite and im in the 5th stage on it. I did put a partition on it with the Paragon.
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Spin rite finished not sure how much it helped but hey. I am going to give her what I have and see what she says it may be plenty.

Mike
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BitsBytesandMoreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I hope it is plenty. Nothing worse than losing all your pictures... I feel bad for her. You might also advise her to use an online backup service so this doesn't happen again... something like Carbonite where she doesn't need to remember to backup.
You can install it for her and if something ever happens in the future, have her call you to recover the data. She will appreciate the extra customer service.
Bits ...
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
I just talked to her and she said there would probably be around 500 pic or so being that I recovered 356 Good images that is really good. I should of asked her that before.  I told her about Carbonite but she wants to buy a ext hard drive so its a one time cost. I will advise her to make sure to schedule it so she does not forget.

I feel better about it I hate seeing people lose there pictures esp of little ones first years.

Mike
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BitsBytesandMoreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Great job. I always try to make my customers aware that 2 backups are always necessary: one onsite and one offsite.
If for example, someone breaks in and steals her computer and backup drive, a fire, flood, anything.... she would still have a backup to recover her data from any computer if she signs up for an online service.
I like Carbonite because for one, its cheap (about $5/month) and they do not have size limitations and the backups occur immediately after the software detects the computer has been idle a few minutes (of course, you can also make the backups happen immediately as well)....
Well... it's great to hear you have a happy customer... that's what we aim for...
Bits...
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nobusCommented:
did jpgsnoop recover some pictures?
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
No it did not. I think she is happy I got most of them.
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nobusCommented:
then i'm happy too - (and you also i believe!)
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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Yes I am most definitely.

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mikebesurfingAuthor Commented:
Customers Happy & I'm Happy.

Thanks
Mike
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