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Damaged or Corrupted Pic and Vid files

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by cjnsb, Oct 6, 2007.

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  1. cjnsb

    cjnsb Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2007
    Windows XP

    So I transfered about 250 pics and 10 vids from my camera to my computer, I put them in a seperate folder in MY PICTURES, about a month went by and I went to open them (to save them to a disc) and they wouldn't open. I had opened them numerous times before and there were still preview pics on the outside of the folder and those pics change if I rearrange the pics inside the folder. I searched for them with Picasa and my Computer Search, I looked in my Temp Internet folder and my temp folder. I did use a registery cleaner (Easy Cleaner) but I've used before with no problems. Also it is only a problem with the most recent pics, which where transfered from the camera...all my other pics were copied from a disc the computer.
    While I was searching for them I found I could access previews of the pics in Microsoft Digital Image Editor but when I tried to open them they would give me a message saying "File Name to Short, File may have been damaged or corrupted". Also when I open the folder there are windows icon's where there were once pics and it gives the size and date last edited...all the last edited dates are the same and within one minute of each other.

    Arggg, So to me that says they are here somewhere I just don't know how to bring them back.

    Help Please
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    Here's what I'm hoping happened. I'm going to say you don't have the show extensions for known filetypes checked in your folder options. I'm going to further say that somehow the extensions for your pictures in that folder where changed and now Windows does not recognize them as photos, or anything at all, but it knows something is there and so you still get the generic icon. I'm going to further speculate that the size reported for the files represented by the mysterious icons is roughly equivalent to the expected size of the individual photos and/or videos that have gone missing.

    If none of the above is true you might be out of luck. So do you know what the extension of your photos was-is? I'll say they are .jpg for example, right click on one of the icons in the folder where you lost them and rename it to Myphoto.jpg and hit enter. Did it come back to life as a photo icon? If so, you're in business.

    IF not, well you've searched already, searching some more is the only hope left I would think.

    Good luck.
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