MartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4139 times:
Sad, sad day for me. A virus got onto my computer last night unknowingly while playing FS multiplayer and this morning I come to edit my photos and what do you know? 90% are now Airline logos (i.w Skyservice, Air 2000). and 5% cannot be opened becuase they are corrupt. So I only have 5% of my photos, which I am currently saving onto a disk along with other prized posessions. My Concorde trip report which was almost complete was also lost along with all my Flight Sim .dll files and a couple of urgent word documents Tomorrow I will be formatting my HD and reinstalling Windoze. A firewall is within my reach but greatly diminishes the memory of the computer.
Now Airliners.net will be a retreat for me to see my photos which are no more.
MartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3918 times:
Half of my registry is already corrupt along with most of my files and I managed to put whatever I needed on disk. The restoration does not work (I tried) and it gives no reason.... I guess it is corrupt too
Rotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3912 times:
Sorry to hear this. Theres a program out there called "Digital Image Recover) that can work miracles at recovering corrupt photo files. Small program without a website, got it from a friend. Shoot me an e-mail once things work out on the viral end and I'll be happy to e-mail it to you so you can give it a shot. Rotor at cox dot net.
Hopefully something works out.
The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
Wannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3902 times:
This is why you really need to back you photo's up to CD/DVD regularly. It is a REAL hard lesson to learn. Martin, I hope you can recover. There are some service companies out there who can take your hardrive and try to recover it. They ain't cheap, but given what you are loosing, it may be worth it.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3784 times:
So you've learned three things (or should have):
NEVER be online without a firewall, don't listen to the idiots who tell you to turn it off when playing FS to get better framerates...
Keep Windows up to date, this prevents most if not all such infections from happening...
Make regular backups...
BIGDEN From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3678 times:
A catastrophe indeed. If you can source a new HD, save your old one and possibly some company can recover your files. Start fresh and keep working on the problem. The cost for a new HD and OS will be less than your investment in your hard work.
Mriya From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3576 times:
Future reference, get PartitionMagic and use it to split up your hard drive into at least two chunks- a 5-10 gig chunk for windows and NOTHING else, and the rest being for programs, photos, whatever. Preferably a third chunk just for the photos. This way, if windows fails miserably (boy can that OS crash..), you can reformat the drive windows was on without batting an eye: All files remain intact, you would only have to reinstall programs so that the shell shortcuts are still available. This is what I do, and I regularly flush windows and reformat the c drive to clear out viruses while all my other stuff stays safe and squeaky clean.. so far, so good!
Norton makes a restore utility that does a good job recovering files.. I forget what it's called, but if you run it several times, even after a reformat, you can recover pretty much anything. Which leads me to this: if you ever have to get rid of truly sensitive files, write zeroes to the hard drive- The FORMAT C: command will NOT get rid of the files!
Also, back up everything onto any media you can! Redundancy is the key to long term file survival!
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