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I had cut a few image files from a memory card to my Ubuntu Desktop. I then used a software Namexif using Wine to modify the names of the files. That was when my computer crashed for some time.

When I restarted the computer, the files that I had tried modifying were all corrupt and occupied zero bytes of memory.

How do I recover these files?

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Using gksudo nautilus, navigate to the folder lost+found. If you have a separate partition for home, it will be in /home/lost+found, otherwise /lost+found. Unfortunately, it is unlikely to be there, but it is worth a try. –  Paddy Landau Jan 27 '13 at 19:00

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Try using photorec, from the package testdisk. It's specifically designed to recover multimedia files from SD cards and pendrives. You'll lose the file names, but at least you'll recover your photos, probably.

Here you can find a complete guide on using photorec.

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