Just joined and this is my first post, I'm an iPad2 user.
Apologies in advance for the length of the post - I want to convey EXACTLY what my problem is. I have searched the forums and found similar issues, but not exactly the same....so apologies if this is repeat threading, I hope not and I hope that the results can help both myself and others in the future who have the same problem.
Ok, as you will have guessed from the heading, I have lost photos. Maybe 3000+ of them unfortunately. I had them all arranged on my PC into folders(weddings/holidays/childrens birthdays/Christmas'/New Years/my childrens communions and confirmations etc etc....you know the drill I'm sure ) Anyway, I synced the PC through iTunes with my iPad2, and all the folders appeared on the iPad and it was really handy for viewing purposes.
At this stage I also considered that the iPad version of all the photos was essentially a 'backup' of them, so I was content that if anything happened to the PC I still had all my photos in a different location, ie the Ipad. I realise now after extensive Googling of my problem that this is not really a satisfactory 'backup' at all, and that the photos are lower resolution and also quite difficult(but not impossible) to get back onto a PC. You live and learn!!
Unfortunately my PC was stolen about 6 months ago! When this happened I immediately thought about all the precious photos, which was the only 'valuable' thing that I lost when it was stolen. However I reckoned that I would transfer them all back from the iPad, even if this took a bit of work and maybe some software etc. However, I HAVE BEEN REALLY CARELESS ABOUT NOT DOING THIS IMMEDIATELY, mainly due to serious work pressure and a bereavement. And lo and behold, when I went to start on the task recently, I discovered that my 12 year old daughter had synced the iPad recently with her laptop, and the only photos on the iPad were ones from her laptop, maybe about 40 or so!! She too is obviously pretty distraught about it, but I am telling her that it is MY fault, not hers, which is 100% true!!
So, to my question: Are all the photos gone forever due to the sync with my daughters laptop, or do they exist on the iPad still and can they be retrieved. I have tried software like Wondershare and a few others etc for recovering lost data on an iPad, but they seem to only show up photos that were deleted from the Camera Roll of the iPad, i.e. actual photos that used to be on the iPad, as opposed to synced photos that were on the iPad due to a sync with a PC, i.e. the originals were never on the iPad.
I cant help but feel that they must be still there on the iPad somewhere, but Google hasn't been able to help me. Interestingly, my wallpaper on the iPad is one of the lost photos, but I presume that when I selected it as my wallpaper then the iPad stored a different version of that particular photo in order to use it as wallpaper, and that is why the wallpaper didn't disappear when all the synced photos disappeared?
My iPad is in limbo now as I won't let wife/son/daughter use it in case we overwrite anything. However we are going on hols Thu 8th Aug and I would like to take it, so if I could get a definitive answer before then at least I could move on from the disappointing episode. I'm not expecting good news, and I am prepared to move on(nothing else for it!), but I would like to exhaust all avenues before I give up. I have read threads here and see some very experienced users (eg Twerppoet) who might be able to advise me?
Apologies again for long post, and thanks in advance for any assistance.