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I think I know what happened. I have long since moved on from the SE version, but the mechanisms are the same - my terminology may be out.
There are broadly 2 ways to import images into PSA:
1) Connect a camera or card reader and click Get Photos/From Camera or Card Reader. This will copy the images onto your hard drive and may invite you to delete the originals at the end.
2) Import images that are already on the hard drive [or other storage device] using Get Photos/From Files and Folders. This simple creates the thumbnails and leaves the images where they are.
I assume that (1) is what you normally do. Right?
Is there a possibility that you did (2) by mistake?
If so, you'd end up with exactly what you have now.
The next question is: are the images still on the camera's card? Do you know how to check?
There is still hope for your pictures. Come back with answers to my questions above and I will try to help.
Thanks Colin. After typing out the sequence of events I'm sure of the following:
1. The images have been deleted from the card.(Alas.) 8(
2. I connected my card reader to my machine and clicked Get Photos/From Camera or Card Reader, because the images were never on my hard drive. I know #1 is true because I always choose to delete the originals after Adobe Photoshop has downloaded the images.
What I'm not sure of:
1. I'm at work so, in retrospect the images deleted from the card MAY be in Norton's Backup Trash Can on my desktop.
2. Could temp files have been created when the files were grabbed to the Photoshop album?
Thanks again for any and all help.
Sorry, you are misunderstanding my description in (2). I wasn't very clear. I was speculating that, since the card just looks like a drive [E:, as you said], you did the get files from files/folders and pointed at E:. This would be very easy to do. If this were the case, you would not have been invited to delete the images and they'd still be on the card. Please double-check when you get home. I'll continue to monitor this thread.
Based on what you said, I did a full *.jpg search and did discover that several of the files I thought missing were in fact moved to other folders.
Only 3 of the images are "gone", but even those I realized I had already uploaded to my web site, which leaves me to believe I'm more efficient than I thought, and uploaded and deleted photos.
All in all, I suspect that everything you said is correct. I did something different this time, but I'm not quite sure what, since I usual copy files directly from the card straight to Photoshop Album SE...
I must have copied the files directly to the hard drive BEFORE opening Photoshop, but for the life of me, I don't recall doing so.
Thanks for your help Colin.
> but for the life of me, I don't recall doing so
My life is full of little "holes" in my memory. They are becoming more common as I get older ... :-)
Colin, you sound kmowledgeable and I am hoping you could help me. I think I made a big mistake. When downloading pictures from my picture file into photoshop, I must have deleted them before reconnecting the files, now I just have the images, Please help.
It sounds like you are seeing the thumbnails. Have you since tried to
reconnect? Did you backup the catalogue or the images themselves?
No, I can't reconnect and I didn't back up the pictures, Have I lost them or are they still on the hardrive, (hoping)
Do you have "System Restore" set up in Windows? I've actually never used it,
but it appears it MIGHT be a possibility if you did NOT store the images in
My Documents or a subfolder of it.
See the following:
"System Restore protects your personal files by not restoring any files in
the My Documents folder. It also does not restore any files that use common
data file name extensions, such as .doc or .xls. If you're not sure whether
your personal files use common data file name extensions, and you do not
want the data files to be affected by System Restore, save them in the My
There are applications that can take previous "HDD images" (residual
signatures) so that you can possibly recover your images, but you would need
to take this to a special vendor for this. If the images are precious, this
might be your best option. Obviously it will cost some money but I know this
can be done... I just can't advise you on the where's and how's. You would
need to contact vendors in your location.
Thanks Jim! Will talk to a vendor, photos are precious, thanks so much for your help, have a great day.
Just to let you know... this is not something that "Best Buy" might be able
to do. You might need to go to a specialty computer outfit that you'll need
to find in the yellow pages.
I am in the same fix (sort of) as Deidre. I have thumbs from photos from a cd (now missing)that I did not uncheck read only and there is no avenue under properties to change this. I think I'm in a permanent mess.
Can you describe exactly the steps that you took (For example, what menu
items you used etc) so that we have a better idea of how we might be able to
guide you? Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.
I imported them from a cd. File>Get photos>From Files&Folders. I did not uncheck "read only" and have since lost the cd (I had help!)There is no option onder properties on the photos to change back from read only.
Thank you for your help & time.
You can't do this in PSA SE, but Windows maks it quite easy. Just go to the folder containing the files using Windows Explorer [or press the yellow button next to the filename in the Properties pane for one of the images]. Now, select all the image files [CTRL/A] and right click and choose Properties. At the bottom of the dialog is a checkbox with read-only next to it - clear the checkbox.
Colin, Thanks for the quick response.
Tried both ways to no avail. File is not to be found in windows explorer and when I click on the yellow file button in properties I get a "searching for missing filew dialog box which cannot find the file.
What is the exact pathname - shown in the Properties pane - for one of these images?
> File is not to be found in windows explorer
Can you locate this folder?
I can find the all the images that are showing in PASE via windows explorer except those that were imported from the cd as "read only.
There are 2 ways that images may be imported from a CD: you can elect to have them copied to the hard drive or you can just have PSA SE catalog what's on the CD. I suspect you did the latter. Let's check. What happens if you select one of these images in PSA SE and hit F11?
When I press F11 I get the same dialog box.."Searching for missing file,
image # "To locate file, click browse"
That result suggests that you did originally copy the images off of the CD, but they are now missing.
I'm afraid you are correct but life goes on....Thank you for your help and time.