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Header files missing...help needed please.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
22 Jun 2011 7:46PM
A few weeks ago I had a major problem with my computer & it had to go away to the Hospital to be fixed.
No bugs or nasty viruses reported,something to do with part of the hard drive...which is now fixed.
My computer man managed to 'save' my images that were located in 'my pictures' & I have them tucked away in a separate file in 'my pictures' ( btw...they were not backed up...yes,yes I know Sad )
If I open the files I see the blue TIFF logo on each image,the file size is correct...69.9mb but nothing will open them as an actual image.They are 16bit tifs,labelled correctly as XXXX.tif.
I have tried Photoshop & get the message 'Could not complete your request because of a program error' I have also tried Irfanview which tells me 'Can't read file header ! Unknown file format or file not found'
If I understand correctly I need a Hex Editor to replace header files but...firstly I'm a girl Wink secondly..I'm certainly no computer expert Sad so I'm a bit stuck.
Any information or help would be so gratefully accepted,I am suspecting there will be no quick fix but I need to try everything I can before I give up & delete the files from my computer.

I do now have a nice new back up system that does it all for me,straight onto a pretty,new external drive....yep,horse... door...bolted.

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cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
22 Jun 2011 9:35PM
Not a fault I have encountered, Usually if the saved files have their correct file tag, They work as normal....?

Have you tried using Nikon ViewNX2 ....?

I checked out Hex Editors and your talking some really geeky stuff their, Beyond my remit I'm afraid.

Good luck with the recovery though....Smile
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
22 Jun 2011 9:57PM
Hmmm,not tried NX.
Yep,truely geeky stuff,well beyond me,I seem to think that I will be waving goodbye to my files Sad
Thanks for having a look though Smile
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
22 Jun 2011 10:09PM
A long shot, I know but have you tried renaming one of them, spelling "TIF" in caps or perhaps "tiff" or some other permutation.
I know it's not the same thing but I ask because I once had a malware atack that (amongst other things) changed the suffix on all of my Pdfs. causing them not to open unless I changed it back.
Just a thought.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
22 Jun 2011 10:30PM
Thanks jester but I have tried that...no joy Sad
Heretic 12 11 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 10:36AM
Again, it's a long shot, but when I bought Sandisk cards recently I got a file rescue system, that might help, it's not the same problem, but I recovered files on a currupt card (must NOT remove card with camera switched on in future!).
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Jun 2011 10:40AM
I've had a real good luck around on this, Mum, and spoken to a couple of our IT mob but basically as the Header files allow different programmes to reconstruct useable files from the code - missing ones are a bit of a *&^%&^

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
23 Jun 2011 7:08PM
Sandisk won't recover them or make them viewable sadly....the dodgy files are now on my new system in 'my photos' safely tucked away in a neat but useless file Sad

Quote:missing ones are a bit of a *&^%&^

That's the impression I got too whilst trying to find info on the interweb...boohoo,all seems lost Sad
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 8:58PM
A long shot I know Janet, but try downloading the latest version of ACD 30 day trial and see if it will open them

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