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01-01-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Can't view Pentax pics on computer

Suddenly yesterday I was not able to view any of my pentax photos on my computer. No settings were changed, it just seemed to lock me out. I can't view them and my computer says that the folders are empty. I can view the photos that are saved from other cameras just fine. Anyone have any ideas or advice on how to solve this problem?

01-01-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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You have a Commodore64 or an AtariST? In other words, a bit more info would come in handy...
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did you remove the SD card from the camera and read the pics into the PC?
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Are you shooting .PEF raw files? You need to install an extension for windows to be able to natively display them, or use a photo browser like adobe bridge.


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It is unusual that you cannot see any files on your card if you've indeed shot RAW images. If this is true, do you have trouble accessing the card with your computer?
01-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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Pentax photo problems

I uploaded the Pentax photos directly from my camera to my computer using the USB cable as I have hundreds of times before without problem. I've always been able to view my photos just fine until now. There are about 66 pictures that I can't see out of 200 or so. They are all PDF format. I run Windows XP Professional on my laptop. The files are still there as they show the file size but when I try to move, copy or change their settings a message comes up "make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use". Seems like they're just not accessible for some reason. Hope this helps. Your help and feedback is very appreciated!
01-02-2012, 03:19 PM   #7
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More info. I uploaded all of the photos at once into a file on my laptop. I then moved the 66 photos from the original file into another file for organizing purposes. That is when I could no longer see the photos. I can still view all of the photos that were not moved between files. I'm corresponding with a computer specialist as well to see if they could help me but thought the Pentax forum may help.
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Chances are your windows link between the new folder and the HD memory location is corrupt. I'll leave you in the hands of your computer specialist to recover the files. If all else fails try the free Trinity Rescue Kit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Joe Dee Quote
I uploaded the Pentax photos directly from my camera to my computer using the USB cable as I have hundreds of times before without problem. I've always been able to view my photos just fine until now. There are about 66 pictures that I can't see out of 200 or so. They are all PDF format. I run Windows XP Professional on my laptop. The files are still there as they show the file size but when I try to move, copy or change their settings a message comes up "make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use". Seems like they're just not accessible for some reason. Hope this helps. Your help and feedback is very appreciated!
This is a problem that can happen at times when you move files rather then first copying them, then removing the originals.Your operating system (WinXP in this case but all OS's can fall prey to the issue) removed the originals before it completed writing the copies. Copying directly via USB cable should work fine most of the time but if you do not use [Safely remove device] before unplugging the USB cable, sometimes file corruption can occur.

I would advise you nevertheless to invest a few bucks in a card reader. Using the camera as such may cause unnecessary wear end tear on its micro-USB port as well.

You may be able to retrieve the deleted originals provided you have not saved/written anything else to the harddrive since.

In future, when handling precious images, copy over the images to their new location, check they're OK and only remove the files from their old location after that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by newmikey Quote
This is a problem that can happen at times when you move files rather then first copying them, then removing the originals.Your operating system (WinXP in this case but all OS's can fall prey to the issue) removed the originals before it completed writing the copies.
I'm pretty sure this isn't the case with Win7.
Pulled USB drive out before it was done with writing but the files it was moving were still in the original place, at least some of them including the one it was writing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
I'm pretty sure this isn't the case with Win7.
Pulled USB drive out before it was done with writing but the files it was moving were still in the original place, at least some of them including the one it was writing.
i think its the same for winxp.

@OP: try right clicking one of the files and choose properties. is the box that says read-only checked ? if so, uncheck it, press ok and try again.
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