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Corrupted image files
Okay, I fear the answer to this is going to be 'sorry no', but on the very, very faint chance someone can help, I'm going to ask anyway.

I have a number of images (extension either JPG or JPEG) that have somehow become corrupted.

The thumbnail shows quite happily in Windows Explorer (but not if I copy the photos to another folder and then try to do a thumbnail view). However, when I try to open the picture either in a browser (we've tried Opera, Firefox and IE) or in any of my photo editing programs it just comes up with a blank page (browser) and error message (photo editing programs).

J has even tried on his Acorn in half a dozen programs, including a JPG clean but to no avail - basically the programs say they are not a valid JPG and the header information isn't correct. I've tried downloaded a couple of JPG repair programs (ones that have been recommended on various forums and have proved to work for some people) but again nothing, and once again I get the 'image header corrupted'.

I've also tried the renaming them extension-wise, but again nothing.

I know that I have opened, successfully, at least some of these pictures at some point, as I've used them for various things, so the corruption wasn't on download of the picture. The dimensions and size of the picture are also showing up quite happily.

I do keep backups, but I suspect that as I don't check ever single file each time before doing a backup, the same problem is going to have occurred on the backups. I also fear that I'm going to find more of these in other folders - this was just one folder when I was looking for the larger image of one of my mood theme pictures to show plutos_revenge.

Does anyone have any hope that I might be able to somehow recover these pictures, please?

If there any way of somehow editing the headers to give the correct information?

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'd be quite happy to buy a program if it came to it, the couple I tried were the kind where you downloaded them, tried them out and saw what they could recover, but if you wanted to save the pictures you had to buy the program.

I'm sure it's a lost cause, but I'd kick myself if I didn't ask and there was a solution.

Anyone, please?

Thank you in advance.

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toomuchfandom From: toomuchfandom Date: 5th May 2008 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh hon! *hugs*

Try emailing one of them to me and I'll see what I can do with my photo editing programme.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 10:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Anita.

*Hugs back*

I'll do that thing - thank you.

I've tried four photo editing programs, plus another four/five on J's computer but you never know, yours just might do it.

*Hugs you again*

plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 5th May 2008 19:18 (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's awful! Stupid technology.

I was going to suggest emailing them, but I see toomuchfandom has already suggested that. Though I'm certainly happy to try as well.

Have you tried a dummy webpage & seeing if the html file can link to it? Not sure if that's what you meant when you said you'd tried browsers, or if you meant literally using the browser.

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 11:00 (UTC) (Link)
I had a major problem a year ago, we never did figure out what it was (only what it wasn't) and I suspect the corruption stems from then. I think I'm going to have to go through each file on my computer individually *gulp* and open one at a time.

I open all my pictures in my web browser rather than a photo editing program for speed. That's what I meant and we tried all three.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'Have you tried a dummy webpage & seeing if the html file can link to it?' I'm afraid.

If you're happy to give it a go, I'll email one to you - thanks. I've tried four programs, plus the ones on J's computer, but another one can't hurt, can it?
plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 6th May 2008 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
I meant write a piece of html, as if you were writing a webpage, and try linking to the pic so the pic appears on the webpage. Which still doesn't make a lot of sense *sigh*. I know what I mean!

By all means send one over & I'll have a play.

mulbry AT hotmail DOT com
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 7th May 2008 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Thanks. I'll give that a go.

I did try to send one yesterday via your LJ email, but it bounced back.

I'll resend. Thank you.
towerbridge2006 From: towerbridge2006 Date: 5th May 2008 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
it just comes up with a blank page (browser) and error message (photo editing programs).
The last time this happened to me, there were arrows at the bottom of the page. When I used them the pic appeared. I have no idea why.

Have you ever fooled with your photos in Paint, where you can easily change file formats?

Edited at 2008-05-05 20:26 (UTC)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 11:01 (UTC) (Link)
No arrows, I'm afraid *sigh* just a nice blank web page or 'can't open this file'.

I've changed the format to every photo type I know but to no avail. It just keeps saying 'can't open'. I can't even get them into Paint or any other program, as whenever I try to open it or even drag it in it just throws up the error message.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 5th May 2008 20:54 (UTC) (Link)
I have no advice sadly but *hugs* and I hope you can recover them.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 11:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I doubt I will, but thank you for the good thought.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 6th May 2008 12:22 (UTC) (Link)

I am sorry to hear that. I'll still keep my fingers crossed.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
kalliekat From: kalliekat Date: 6th May 2008 12:02 (UTC) (Link)
well, miss non technology here is just signing to say hope it gets sorted out. since i wouldn't know how to have pictures in a file anyways, i'm not any help......but sending positive vibes!!!! *grins*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 6th May 2008 12:07 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you so much for the vibes.
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