A family friend asked me to try and recover some photos from his Android phone's MicroSD card when it was accidentally reformatted. Not having done this before, I did some googling and found PhotoRec as a tool to try.
Using it, I successfully recovered >1000 photos!
The only problem is, all the photos are the same!?
It looks like a Modern Warfare cover or something - which is odd, because he's an older gentleman and isn't a gamer, afaik.
Here it is:
[Edit:] Yep, Modern Warfare 2's cover, but without the text or anything.
Multiply that by 1,376 files with different filenames, all with a filename like "f11746222.jpg". Always starting with an 'f', 8 numerical digits, and then .jpg.
It's possible I selected the wrong drive (It's using the linux-style names of the drives (/dev/sdc/ is the one I was doing it on), rather than Windows single-letter drive names (F:/)), I was going off of the listed size of the drives to guess which one was the MicroSD card; seeing that the MicroSD card is 16 gb, and my harddrives are both >300GB, it seems like I chose the right one. Even if I messed up, I'm fairly sure none of my harddrives have a thousand thumbnails of the MW2 cover art. But Modern Warfare 2 was recently re-installed on this computer... Not while the SD card was plugged in though (MW2 was installed two weeks ago. I was given the MicroSD card this morning).
Anyone have a guess what I'm doing wrong? I was expecting photos of his family.
Actually, I did recover one photo (and a resized thumbnail of the photo) of two women standing in front of a nice office building - guessing it's his daughters. But other than that, just thousands of duplicates of the exact same image (at the exact same resolution) of the above photo.
Is there a different tool you would recommend?