Subscriber Jody Bell wrote with a challenging problem. Apparently she had not invested in an external hard drive for backing up her computer — and now has lost, or lost track of, all her digital photos when her computer had problems.
In these days of digital cameras and storing our photos on our computers, rather than printing the photos, many people still are not protecting their photos by burning backups onto DVD or copying them to external hard drives or other computers.
Whether you have a malware problem, or a hard drive failure, or just a user error where you accidentally delete them yourselves, a separate backup can protect your digital photos (and all your other data, too).
Terry, Thanks for all your help. Your website is great and you have answered all the questions I have ask you so far….now, I have another one. I recently had my laptop cleaned up. AOL was taken off and Firefox replaced it. Since then, I can not find a bunch of my digital photos. I sure would like to locate them. Before I had the laptop worked on, I was trying to put all my pictures of a disc. I didn’t get it all done and now I can’t find them. I hope you can come thru for me once again! Thanks, Jody
I wrote back to Jody to say that I assume that her photos are in .jpg format. She should use the Windows search function to search your hard drive for file names ending in .jpg
If the photos are in a "raw" format, then search for file names ending in .raw
I also reminded her that, for Windows file names, the asterisk is the wildcard,
so you’d search for files with file names matching *.jpg
There will be a zillion of them…