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    Pictures folders have only .db file and NO pictures

    Okay, sorry, but this is my mom's computer I'm trying to fix for her. It's a Vista Home Premium. She has several folders and sub folders in her Pictures folder and I recognize the names from times when I know there were pictures in them. Some of the folders are completely empty and some have one .db file in them.

    I thought maybe she had one of those "album" programs that come with a camera/printer and she had deleted the program (she would usually do that by just finding the folder and deleting it rather than going through Add/Remove Programs). I know that some of those types of programs keep the pictures in their own folders rather than putting them in the Pictures folder.

    I called Kodak Tech Support on their Easy Share program I thought she might have had because there's a folder called Kodak Pictures (also empty). They said that even if she had deleted (or even properly uninstalled) their program, the photos would still be left behind.

    I posted on the MS Vista forums and the suggestions were Recuva and Shadow Explorer. I haven't tried Recuva yet but Shadow Explorer wouldn't install. I also tried a System Restore. I can't imagine that SHE did the deleting of every photo --- it's too strange that the folder structure is intact and they're just empty.

    I'm hoping someone recognizes these symptoms.

    Thanks for any help.

    Callie
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    Maybe the pictures were never stored in that folder?
    Search C: for anything ending in JPG or JPEG.

    cheers, Paul

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    Try looking in C:\users\Mom's username\mypictures where Mom's userid is her windows login userid. The Pictures folder is a Library and the link to the My Pictures may have been deleted.

    Jerry

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    Thanks for the replies but I already tried those things.

    Some of the folders do have some jpg files in them, but I don't think there was anything helpful about the dates of the files either. I transferred them all to that new computer from her old one (using a USB transfer cable) so I personally saw them in the folders. Too bad she doesn't still have the old computer, since (of course) she doesn't have any backups. I feel responsible because after all I'm the one that supposedly knows more than she does and should, therefore, be helping to keep her functioning.

    I'm not at her house again now until next weekend so I'll be accumulating suggestions to try then.

    Thanks for the help,

    Callie
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    Perhaps you might install Google Picasa program try and see if it can locate them.
    And or
    you might like to check out this program http://www.z-a-recovery.com/

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