Questions Answered Part IV

Posted: August 19, 2014

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The past three columns drummed up more reader response than I thought possible. Today, I will close out the series with one final installment.

First, let me start with a follow-up to last week’s column. While I wrote that I don’t recommend some tablets and listed the reasons, one reader responded that they use one and enjoy it.

I stand by what I said as far as features, speed, available apps and capabilities.

For those who haven’t used another tablet, the comparison between it and more expensive versions may be astonishing. I was also asked about the prices of tablets. In regard to Android, the better ones start around $200 and top out at about $600, depending on the brand and capabilities.

Wendy and several others recently wrote in saying something along the lines of, “I accidentally deleted 1,000 pictures from my SD Card from vacation. Can I get them back?” The answer is usually, but not always, no, but here’s how you can try.

The company Piriform offers several utilities I have recommended in the past. First and foremost is CCleaner, followed closely by Defraggler. The third is Recuva ( One warning: Many fake Piriform products exist, so be sure to always download them from

Recuva is quite easy to use. Just download, install and run it. First, it will ask what types of files you’re seeking. Select what you need. Next, it will ask where to look for them, that’s when you can plug in your SD card, choose a specific folder or the Recycle Bin.

Then, it will ask where to restore the files.

If you are searching an SD Card, select a destination on the computer’s hard drive. Then, start it and let it run. I have found it very successful in recovering deleted files.

There is one caveat: You should “undelete” files as soon as possible after deleting them.

When a file is deleted on a Windows computer, it’s not really deleted, even when users empty the recycle bin. The operating system actually puts a mark on the file, which tells the system that if the space is needed to store another file, it can be used.

So, the file is there, but it will be overwritten if or when needed. The longer you wait, the more chance there is that it will be partially or fully destroyed.

So, if you know you have deleted a file on your SD card, pull that card out of your camera and use another one, now.   

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