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After accidentally ctrl-z ing away a folder full of photos I used recuva to get the files back.  The files were all there but when I try and view the photos my computer tells me that it doesn't support the format (they are all .jpgs, which shouldn't cause problems.) What happened? How can I get my pictures back?

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What were the files on, and what file system?

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To figure out the file system open:
1. This PC, then right-click the hard disk or SSD and select Properties.
2. In the window that opens near the top it will state what the File System is formatted as.

Examples:
File system: NTFS
File system: FAT32

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I have a similar problem.  Only mine extends into PDFs, Excel, Word, and JPGs.  All of these come up as "corrupt" when I try to open them.  Anything that was a TXT file is readable.

My issue started with NextCloud.  I guess I had something set wrong and it was comparing my USB 2Tb drive (NTSF format) with the server.  It was deleting my files on my USB drive.  They all recovered without error according to the software onto another USB drive (also NTSF formating). I just feel like this is an encryption issue or something silly.

This is a pretty big deal for me as I have customer files, personal files, etc. on this drive that I would really like to recover.  Any hep or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

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I am having the same issue.  My only question is that Recuva can create a preview of the file  (a jpg).  If the program can create a preview of the image, why can it not recover the image.  

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Possibly because the preview and the image are separate parts of the file. As has been said a zillion times before, Recuva will copy what's in the clusters on the disk without changing a single bit, so if the recovered copy is rubbish, so is the original.

In Recuva Advanced mode have a look at the Header pane. There should be the correct file signature, and header format, for the file type (don't ask me, use Google). If it isn't then the recovered file won't open.

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