File extensions too long and lost photos

February 2, 2016 at 07:19:38
Specs: Windows 7
I am not computer savy really but live in a monastery and do ceramics and painting. I keep my own web page to give a brief idea of my computer skills...I have lost some number of important photo files (painting resources) from earlier years. Now of course I have learned the hard way to back things up. Our computer (administrator) said my photo files extensions were too long? He assured us that one or the other of our servers would always have our files but they disappeared. I feel he may have been negligent but can't prove any of that either. I do have multiple folders sometimes inside folders and long glaze codes on pottery photos etc. Computer are frustrating and impossible. I wonder if we were better off without them really?

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#1
February 2, 2016 at 08:15:50
Definition of File extensions in Microsoft Windows

http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/...

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#2
February 2, 2016 at 09:16:48
Do you remember the name of one of these lost photos? If so do a search for it because it might have ended up in some weird place (possibly with the rest). If you can find just one of them let us know and we might be able to help further if it is a file extension problem.

The free version of this program also has possibilities if you fancy it:
https://www.piriform.com/recuva

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#3
February 2, 2016 at 11:44:16
I don' t remember the names of any individual photos, only that they were in a folder or file named Sheila Rieman Pastel Painter , or another with lots of outdoor snow pictures to develop into paintings and that one may have been October Snow. Live and learn as they say. Our computer head here claims they are gone anyway? We have interlocked or networked computers in a monastery here. I think we've done searches by some of these names and nothing showed up anyway?

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#4
February 2, 2016 at 12:01:12
The program given in the link looks at tracks left behind when photos have been deleted. It can work unless there has been a lot of activity since, which overwrites the information.

Just so that you better understand the above, when you delete something all it does is hide its access from you. It still remains there but is invisible to you, hence it can be retrieved by using an appropriate program until something else uses the space.

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#5
February 2, 2016 at 12:12:58
"Our computer (administrator) said my photo files extensions were too long?"

I'm guessing you don't even have the file extensions turned on. Here's a few examples of extensions used for photos/pictures (extensions are in bold):

photo.jpg, photo.jpeg, photo.bmp, photo.gif

"I do have multiple folders sometimes inside folders and long glaze codes on pottery photos etc"

I doubt the file extension is too long, probably the filepath has too many characters. I think that max is 260. The filepath is the complete location of the file, including the filename & extension. Here's an example:

C:\Users\paintpot\My Pictures\pottery photos\photo of glazed pot.jpg

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#6
February 2, 2016 at 12:24:19
This is a sample of one of my pottery photos with all extensions...so they do get pretty long.
POTTERY RELATED/ 00 Glaze Kiln / Fire #114 Amaco Glaze / Carol's first leaf prints / Co76 Mugs EG bottle first. 2. SM 3. TG last and i=SM. I am told not to store so much info on the photo but I have typically printed the glaze codes for immediate recognition and use when glazing pots and choosing colors etc. There is a space under Properties/ details / comments but have not used it so far and not so user friendly. Some other photos are as long in name and remain and yet I have mostly landscape photos for painting references that have turned up missing? Items sadly irreplaceable. Thanks for your help. Our computer ghuru here should be able to sort it out but so far he has not. He did tell me they are all still there but can't be seen ?
As time goes on I feel they are more and more lost as well.

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#7
February 2, 2016 at 12:38:45
Although your #6 won't help us recover your photos it is rather different to what you described initially.

File extensions appear after the filename. There is a dot and then the file extension, such as .jpg .txt .doc and so forth. They are what determine which program opens when you click on the file (such as your Photo Viewer, NotePad, or Word). Often the common file extensions are not shown unless you have set your computer up to do so. Did you click on the link given in response #1 because it explains it there.

What you were adding to the file name was not a "file extension", it was just a long name. Also it had characters in it that are not allowed by Windows, such as "/". What surprises me is that Windows didn't prevent you using the forward slash and force you to save it without it.
EDIT:
I see response #5 explains it further and I now wonder if you meant "file path". Whatever it was it wasn't a file extension.

None of this should have lost your photos but it is best to keep the filenames down to size.

Best to avoid the use of the term "file extensions" on computer forums as it has a specific meaning (the 3 or 4 character bit after the name) - unless that is what you really intend.

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#8
February 2, 2016 at 12:48:20
As I say I am not computer savy. The POTTERY RELATED I sent in post #6 actually does not have the / slash in. I wrongly thought it was easier to read or translate. In the end it might be best for our computer (Manager) to figure it out because I really don't know computers that well to even dialogue about it successfully in terminology etc. Thanks just the same.

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#9
February 2, 2016 at 12:54:16
OK fine, but just summing up the terminology for the future:

1. File name. The name of the file (which can be a picture, document, music etc)

2. File extension. After the file name - a dot plus 3 or 4 characters. Not always visible.

3. File path. The route to the file, often one or more folders, the last one containing the file.

Sorry we cannot restore the photos but your technical person might care to try that program (or similar).

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#10
February 3, 2016 at 04:17:40
Derek,

In your post #7 you typed "now" where you meant "not".

You also said "backslash" where you meant "forward slash".

This is a forward slash: /
This is a backslash: \

Forward slashes are used in web addresses and as a
separator in commands to programs. Backslashes are
used to separate names of nested folders in file paths.
Because of that, neither forward slashes nor backslashes
can be used in filenames.

Whenever a space appears anywhere in a filename or
file path, quotation marks must be used to enclose the
entire path, including the filename and extension.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#11
February 3, 2016 at 08:36:04
Jeff

Thanks for highlighting my typo and incorrect verbiage. Seems what I was typing was not what I had in my head. Maybe the first(?) signs that my days are numbered on here, 17 years is probably plenty anyhow. I've edited the post and will keep a look out for any more of this.

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#12
February 16, 2016 at 13:21:20
You can use a proper tool to avoid this risk next time. You may use Long Path Tool to get rid of path length error.

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