i have the good yet dangerous habit of shift-deleting data when i'm sure i don't need them. but that means although very careful, i do happen to erase useful data occasionally!
recently i lost some RAW images on a SD card after shift-deleting them accidentally (they were all inside a folder) and then recovered them, partially, via a nice and totally free little program named ''TOKIWA DataRecovery'' which worked relatively fine recovering 'moved' data but in case of the shift-deleted ones, it seems not to be working finely.
it has recovered the files, and the RAW images file sizes appear to be right (they are all huge, more than 9MB or 10MB in size) and their thumbnails can be seen too, but when i want to view them in their large, original size, the image appears for a brief time (albeit blurred) and then changes into a scrambled piece of colors and lines ...
i have read elsewhere on this very site that it's only the thumbnails that have been recovered in my case and the actual images may be totally lost forever, but if so, then how come the file sizes are still big, as they are in the original version?
thanks for any piece of good advice in helping me out to recover the actual photos!
ps: tried another program too, named Undelete 360 which failed to help as much as TOKIWA DataRecovery did: the former did recover "moved" files fully, but in case of the shift-deleted files, it just recovered scrambled images, not even the thumbnails. this has made me hopeful that maybe there is a possibility that some other program out there might be able to fully recover the lost RAW photo files.