04-04-2012, 06:57 PM
I'm new here and a relative newbie in general. Here is my problem:
I have a desktop that is 3 years old, and almost full. I ran Disk Inventory X to try and find what needed to be deleted most. I have a TON of photos, and knew that was a huge area to be culled and deleted. But I also found a game my son downloaded called Battlefield 1942. I found the "area" on the Disk Inventory graphic, and began deleting from there.
Some of the files had the word "picasa.db3" in them, but because they also displayed that they were part (or so I thought?) of the game, I deleted them. I probably emptied the trash, too, but at this point I can't remember...because you probably know where I'm heading: A lot of my photos are gone. When I started Picasa up, it was blank! It did a search for photos, but only some of each album were "found". None of the albums I created (that contained edits, etc.) were restored. Whatever I found in the trash, I drug out into a folder on my desktop, but I don't know what to do with them.
Can anyone help me figure out:
1. If they are still on my computer "somewhere"
2. If so, how to find them
3. What to do with the picasa files I put in that desktop folder
I know when I had a dell, a tech advised me to do something that totally wiped my data...or so it seemed. A friend was able to "find" it elsewhere on the computer, and that's what I am hoping and praying is the case this time...
I backed up my computer to a goflex, but in trying to put it on my other desktop, it appears that perhaps they are not all "there", either! I'm putting everything on that Mac in hopes that they were somehow not in a photo file...we'll see.
ANY thoughts would be most appreciated. As I said, I am not the most mac-literate person, but I will answer any questions I can in order to help you help me...
Thank you so much,