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How I recovered my photos and much of the metadata with a few tools (Part 2)

This is a continuation of another post detailing how I recovered thousands of photos from an accidentally formatted hard drive. Read that post here.

The Problem – Part 2

At this point, I was definitely breathing easier, but there was still a lot of problems to deal with.  The problem with what PhotoRec does is that, it doesn’t look at the data on your hard disk at the file/directory level.  It looks at the raw data on the hard drive and recognizes if it’s a picture and then restores it to the location of your choice.  This means that filenames and directory structure are lost.  This also means, that nearly every jpeg file on the formatted hard drive was recoved…including tens of thousands of images from Firefox’s cache along with hundreds(thousands?) of other various images like wallpapers that I’ve downloaded over the years, with no obvious way to distinguish between them and actual photos.
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Evernote and AutoIt

The AutoIt SciTE editor.

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I’m obsessive about using Evernote to keep track of everything I may ever want to remember. Recently, I’ve been writing some AutoIt code to help me automate the workflow I use to scan paper documents into Evernote. For anyone else who is interested in doing such a thing, I’ve released my _CreateNote AutoIt function here.