[digiKam-users] Cannot browse by tags on images recovered from an accidentally formated hard disk - exif data is present on recoevered images

Ramnarayan.K Digikam ramnarayank+digikam at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 21:15:37 GMT 2020

Thank you

More below

On Fri 27 Nov, 2020, 00:02 Dougie Nisbet, <dougie at katsura.uk> wrote:

> I've just recovered a friends photos using testdisk / photoroc. It's
> amazing. 120GB of images from a USB drive that the computer shop said was
> unrecoverable.
I agree it's a totally awesome software and have helped a few friends
recover important pictures too.

> She doesn't use tags but I copied a few into my image directory and
> assigned a couple using exiftool and digikam picked them up ok. I tried
> changing ownership to root too.
> I wonder if it's worth using exiftool on a few of your images (it may
> already be installed on Linux Mint) to see how the tags are stored.
> Something like
> exiftool -r * | grep Tags
> or just exiftool <filename> | less
> might give a picture of whether the tags are stored in strange fields.
I will try this and let you know.


> Dougie
> On 26/11/2020 09:54, Ramnarayan.K Digikam wrote:
> Hi
> Some, many, months ago I accidentally formatted my image hard disk.  More
> than a TB's worth.
> It took many days of running testdisk / photorec to recover the images.
> The recovered images all lost their original names and are now in multiple
> (100's) of folders named by testdisk / photorec
> Since then I have pointed digikam to the recovered images (On a new Hard
> disk) and am also placing my new images in the same section.
> Digikam has picked up the tags that were / are in the recovered images,
> it has also organized them by date (from exif data).
> *However while I can browse by date I cannot browse by Tags. *
> I have used the "read tags " from images - and this also took a tonne load
> of time but it generated all the tags (seemingly) but it shows no images in
> any tag category.
> Kindly advice.
> My images are on external USB portable drive. And I open digikam only
> after attaching the drive
> Current OS and Digikam Specs are
> Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana)
> Digikam Version 6.4.0
> Look forward to you advice
> thanks
> Ram
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