How to remove wright protection on pics on my desktop

By kk0010 ·
I just copied some pics off my sd card to my desktop to save them while my new camera formats my card and then it deleted all my pics. So then I tried to get them off my desktop to put back on the card and now they say wright protected and or deleted and I can only see the preview thumbnails and not the big pic. How can I get these pics release again so that I dont loose them permantly?

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You'll have to help us here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to remove wright prot ...

What OS is being used here?

How did you copy them to the Desktop?

When you format anything it deletes the Partition Information on the, in this case SD Card so any Data on it is lost.

Depending on how you copied these Pictures to the Desktop they may no longer exist. If you just moved them as a Shortcut on the Desktop the listings on the Desktop are just that a Shortcut and without the SD Card in the reader they don't exist.

As for the Pictures on the SD Card a Data Recovery App may be able to recover them but here it all depends on how Important the Pictures are. If they are Important then you should remove the SD Card do nothing at all to it and send it to your Preferred Data Recovery Specialist and pay them to recover the Pictures.

However if it would just be Nice to recover the Pictures you can attack the SD Card with one of the many Data Recovery Applications available. But if you simply must recover these pictures it's will work out cheaper and more likely to have a 100% Recovery if you pay the Data Recovery Specialists now and do not mess with the Card. The more that you mess with the SD Card the more time will be required to attempt the Recovery and the less likely it is to be as effective as it would have been if the Card was left alone.

But under those conditions here is a short list of the better Data Recovery Applications but it is by no means a full list of every application available.














While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered for use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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by kk0010 In reply to You'll have to help us he ...

Iam using windows 7 home premium and I copied the pics from the sd card to my laptop on its desktop and they saved on it as a shortcut and show small tiles of the pics, also after I did this I put the sd card back in the camera to format the card and it deleted all the pics and now I thought I could get them back off my laptop's desktop and it is saying "the drive or network connection to the shortcut is unavailable, make sure the disk is inserted or the network resource is available and then try again" So I tried with the card in my laptop and still no luck and these are family pics from Christmas and would really like to recover these if possible.

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by seanferd In reply to OS

All the files are located on your Desktop as Shortcuts shown as Thumbnails, yes?

Right-click the Shortcut. Click Properties. If it isn't showing, click the Shortcut tab.

You should see text boxes labeled Target and Start In, both of which will tell you where that Shortcut is pointing. Copy that text and save it in Notepad so you have it for reference. Probably easier to read, too.

You can post the location in the forum, or find that location yourself - voil? - there are your pictures.

If they point to the removable drive, then you never saved your pictures, but made only shortcuts. <code>the drive or network connection to the shortcut is unavailable</code>

All you can do is not use the card for anything at all until you take it to a data recovery service as Col noted.

You can try using an app like Recuva or RecoverMyFiles. See if they can pull up the image file. Best when recovering to recover files to another location (your hard drive).

If that doesn't work, you have to go with Col's options.

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by kk0010 In reply to M'kay.

They are shown as thumbnails and I did the target location and it shows "F:\DCIM\100CANON\IMG_0126.JPG this and I dont know where to find my notepad? And do you think this will work after seeing the loction above? Which I believe is the sd card and when I palce it in the slot it shows nothing on there and still would not open the pics.

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to thumnails

Do nothing.
These people are correct; you never copied your files, only made shortcuts to them, and then removed the endpoint of those shortcuts.
Get a data recovery tool as recommended above; you can use it to "undelete" the data on the card.

But, if you're uncertain about these things, you should contact a professional, a real one, NOT the "computer expert" kid of a friend.

A professional who will charge you money to undelete the data on your SD card .
That way you have a chance of getting the pictures back.

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data recovery

by kk0010 In reply to Stop.

Is there a data recovery tool I can download that will allow me to use it on a sd card? I tried one last night but it only allowed it on the hard drive only and didnt give me the option for the f: drive for my sd card?

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Oh Smeg provided a big bunch of links

by AnsuGisalas In reply to data recovery
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Did you try

by seanferd In reply to data recovery

Recuva or RecoverMyFiles? With the SD card plugged in, and set as the target of the recovery effort, of course?

And if this bit is confusing you: You see the thumbnail images because they are stored in a thumbnail image database. The thumbnails do not refer to the original files.

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by kk0010 In reply to How to remove wright prot ...

I downloaded a couple of programs but all of them want me to purchase it before trying to recover and I really dont want to waste my money not knowing if it will work or not?

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Well try Priform's Recuva

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to tried


But if you want something guaranteed to work the One from On Track defiantly will do the job but you certainly pay for it.


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