02-11-2009 06:47 AM
Some time ago I decided to extend the storage capacity of my laptop (OS = Windows XP Pro) with a Maxtor basics desktop storage 1000GB PN 9NZ208-500.
I installed three maps on the external drive :"Favorites", "MP3 music" and "Images" in which I copied the appropriate files from the laptop’s
internal hard disk (all images are jpg files).
Afterwards I made a new clean install of Windows XP Pro.
All went fine until I tried to access the files on the external drive. Everything was okay for the Favorites files as well as for the MP3 files.
The problem was for the jpg files. The map tree shows all the original map names, but the characters are green, exception made for 5 or 6 maps
where the text is in black. In these maps, the files/images are visible, thumbnails as well,
and the pictures can be handled, copied, moved to the internal HD, etc. But the bulk of the images cannot be accessed anymore, the files are there,
filenames in green, without thumbnails and showing “access denied” when trying to edit, open, move, whatever…
I have tried the “take ownership procedure” of Microsoft, I have connected the drive to an Vista desktop PC, … everything without any improvement.
As a result of all this I seem to have lost thousands of pictures or am I wrong???
Can someone guide me to a solution for this problem?
03-05-2009 04:41 AM
Unfortunately there was not a single one of the many programs discovered by Google that was able to fix the problem. Either the files were not recognized as .jpeg or they were but with the additional information that they were cyphered and therefore could not be accessed.
The question that remains unanswered is: how is it possible that during one copying action - from the internal HD to the external Maxtor basic storage 1TB - part of the copied files become cyphered/encrypted and others not?