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I have a large collection of jpeg photographs that i'm trying to organise and then archive on a linux based file server. The vast majority copy over to the file server with no problem but for a few files (possibly all taken with the same camera) windows prompts me when copying with a window that says: Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties? The file IMG0xxx.jpg has properties that can't be copied to the new location.

I want to know what properties it's talking about but i haven't been able to find any information searching for this dialog in google. I tried copying the file and accepting the property loss, then comparing the properties tab side by side with one i had not yet copied but I could see no difference.

Does anyone know how to work out what properties it's talking about?

Thanks

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The problem, I think, is caused by a transfer between file systems. Your photos must currently be on NTFS, and being transferred to UFS?

The metadata that is being discarded is created by windows in the first place, so is not important.

To check, try copying the file and viewing all of the properties in an EXIF viewer. As long as you have the date, camera, exposure, etc. all matching then I think that'd be enough information.

I'd guess that the information being discarded relates to the user who created and modified the file, and some cache info.

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i figured it was due to the change of filesystem, thanks for confirming –  m3z Jul 11 '12 at 21:11
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It removes geo tagging and all other tags including date taken on many files. Date taken defaults to the date created on the computer or last modified. It really messes things up if you have spent a lot of time adding locations, captions, people tags, and more. Since most photo viewing apps are sorting by location and or date it just ruins the whole experience.

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Actually this isn't the case here. The Metadata (which is the information you're talking about) is carried as part of the file. @Diamond is correct above - it is information specific to the file-system that is lost. If you've lost your metadata in the past it might be worth checking if the metadata is actually saved into the image or in a separate database which some photo organisation software does. If it is saved to a separate database then the metadata is likely to be lost (or misplaced) as soon as you move the file. –  m3z 2 hours ago
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