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Posted on 2001-08-15
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While trying to use the print wizard Windows XP RC1 appears to have corrupted several of my images.

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I have two machines, one Dell PIII desktop running Win2000 and a Dell Inspiron running WinXP RC1. The machines are networked via a hub. I had shared the My Pictures folder on the Desktop machine and was accessing it on the laptop running XP. I wanted to use XP?s nice ?Print Photos? options to print some of the images. However, when I navigated to the folder of images I wanted to print I noticed that none of the usual thumbnails were appearing (although it was in thumbnail view). Ignoring this I tried launching the Print Photos option but was stopped when red X?s replaced the normal thumbnails. Canceling the wizard I then tried to open any of the images in the affected folder using IE I was presented with garbage. My pictures had been corrupted. When I tried using Photoshop to open the images on either the desktop or laptop it reported that it could not open the file because ?a JPEG marker segment length is too short (the file may be truncated or incomplete)?. The file sizes are still reasonably large, so I don?t think all the data was lost, just corrupted. Stupidly I tried this procedure again on another set of images and corrupted them as well, so I know the problem is repeatable. I would appreciate any help in recovering my images and can send sample files. Thanks.

Micah
malpern@princeton.edu
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by:dredge
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your first problem is using RC1.

get RC2, format your hard drive and start over.

other than that, you can report your error to Microsoft and see if they've already fixed it or not.
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by:malpern
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I realize RC2 is out but my main problem here is trying to recover/repair my corrupted images.  I've posted to the Microsoft newsgroup but so far haven't received any posts.
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unless you have a backup copy of your images, or you have a hex editor and you know how to hand-code a jpeg file, your not going to be able to recover these images.
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by:malpern
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I guess this gets at the heart of the issue.  I'm looking for someone whose good with a hex editor and the JPEG file format who would be willing to try to fix my images.  I'm willing to pay some actual cash if the effort is sucessful.

  Unfortuatly no, I don't have any backups. My backup script hasn't been working in a few months. Always seems you have to lose something import for it to start mattering again. Thanks for the advice.

Micah
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Hi malpern
This question is still open and needs to be closed. If any of the comments above helped you, please accept it as an answer. If not please send an update about your issue so that the question can be finalised. Thank you

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