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augustlan's avatar

Can this stupid mistake I made in Picasa 3 be corrected?

Asked by augustlan (47679points) July 4th, 2011

Warning: Techtard-ness ahead.

I was attempting to upload some photos from my camera, using my brand spanking new version of Picasa 3. I stupidly instructed the program to erase my camera’s memory card as part of the process. Once I saw that all of the pictures had been ‘acquired’, I (again, stupidly) thought the process was done. Unplugged the camera, clicked “return to library”, and went looking for the pictures I thought were already uploaded.

As you can probably guess, they aren’t on my computer. And they’re not on my camera. At least, not that I can find. To further complicate matters, shortly afterward we had the thunderstorm from hell break out directly over our house. As a result, I turned off my computer. Only much later did I see the little “upload” button at the bottom of the Picasa page, and realize that I never clicked on it.

Is there any way to recover these pictures? Could they be sitting in some file, waiting for further action? Or are they gone for good?

I’m using Windows XP, if that makes a difference.

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funkdaddy's avatar

So, unless I’m misunderstanding you used the “import” feature to get them off your camera?

When I do that, it gives me a choice of what folder to put them in and then a drop down that gives me options like “leave card alone”... “delete only copied photos”, etc.

If that’s the case then those photos should be somewhere on your computer before they were erased.

By default I think they go into the “My Pictures” folder which is under “My Documents” (you should be able to get there either from the desktop of the start button)...

Also, there appears to be a hidden folder in that same location (My Pictures) called ”.Picasa3Temp” that has some photos in it, I don’t know exactly what these coincide to but if you don’t see it make sure you’re seeing hidden folders by checking under the Tools menu.

Tools > Folder Options > “View” Tab > Advanced Settings section > Hidden Files and Folders (mine reads “Show hidden files and folder”)

That folder might have a copy as well if the images aren’t already in there anyway.

XOIIO's avatar

You can try Recuva to scan the microSD card and computer for deleted files, if they werent overwritten by other files then you can get them back.

Blondesjon's avatar

What @XOIIO said. I’ve used Recuva on an SD card and, as long as you haven’t put anything on the card since the “accident”, it works like a charm.

augustlan's avatar

@funkdaddy I couldn’t find them anywhere. :(

@XOIIO and @Blondesjon I’ve just downloaded Recuva, and will definitely give it a shot. Thanks!

augustlan's avatar

It worked! Had to do a ‘deep scan’, but it got them back for me. Thank you so much!

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