unable to open image files saved to disk

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wulfstan, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. wulfstan macrumors newbie

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    All of a sudden my computer (imac, 10.4.11) won't let me open images downloaded from digital cameras (I've tried several - so it's not the cameras). I get the following error - "Couldn't open the file. It may be corrupt or a file format that Preview doesn't recognize." Also the same basic error when using Photoshop and Fireworks.

    I can open files still on the camera, or saved to a CD - just not anything dragged to the desktop.

    I can still open pictures which had been previously saved - but nothing new.

    I ran the Repair Disk utility, which found and apparently fixed an Illegal Name error on the hard drive, but the problem still persists.
     
  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Where you using the same flash drive in all the cameras or separate flash drives in each one?
     
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  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    What is the file extension of the new downloads?

    Can you run disk utility on one of the flash drives?
     
  5. wulfstan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    .JPG

    Possibly, I don't know, I haven't tried. I'm not sure how this would help though....? Unless I'm missing something. I don't think the cameras are the issue. Perhaps I should have mentioned this, but I also had a basic text file go corrupt at the same time I started having problems with the image files (though the text file error hasn't yet happened again - have been able to save them again without problems). Something seems screwed up with the computer's ability to read image files all of a sudden.

    on edit:
    Spoke too soon. Now I can't open TextEdit files I've just saved, either. Or screenshots.
     
  6. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking that the flash drive got corrupted or that copying from the flash drive was corrupting the file.

    Try creating a new user, copy the files from the flash drive, and see if you can read them then.
     

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