some pictures corrupt on external hard drive

June 25, 2011 at 04:54:23
Specs: Windows Vista
I ran a defrag or something on my external hard drive and stopped it in the middle and lost thousands of pictures. That was a long while ago. I was on my pc today and was able to open and even edit some of those lost pics. I went out of the folder and back in and can see the pics as small icons when I try to open them they say corrupt or damaged, read only or moved files and it says to run chkdsk utility. Are they truly lost forever or how can I recover them? I lost them about a year ago or close to it.

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June 25, 2011 at 18:53:26
You may be seeing the thumbnails that are stored, but not erased when the files were.

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