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njw1975



Joined: 01 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:19 pm    Post subject: Windows Explorer "Preview Unavailable" Reply with quote

Hi

I wonder if anyone can help me.

On an external drive I have all my photos, I have come to look at some today and about 5 folders out of 20 do not show any thumb nails, so I clicked into the folder I can see all the icons showing the jpg images and if I hover over them I see they are 1mb in size, but when I double click on them to launch them it get the message Preview Unavailable.

Ok I though so I tried launching them in Adobe photoshop 5 & 6 and I get told invalid file!

Can anyone help me recover them?

Thanks
Nic
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like the files are corrupt, and therefore it is probably not possible to fully recover them. There are programs that are designed to recover corrupt image files, such as PixRecovery, although I have never tried them.
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