I have an All in One HP TouchSmart computer that has gone completely crazy since I installed Windows 7 updates. I can't reach the login screen for Windows. So I removed the hard drive and plugged in a SATA HD Enclosure to access it with another computer to recover my files.
Once I opened the drive on my computer, I can see all the files that were on the HD. If I go into My Pictures, and click on a picture, I can open up the picture in Windows Preview.
After that, I select all the files on the HD and copy them over to my laptop (plenty of space). While it begins by counting all the files that need to be transferred, I get an error saying a particular document is unreadable (PNG file). I click Try Again to no avail. So I end clicking cancel.
If I revisit my HD with Windows Explorer, all the images (JPEG, PNG etc) have an icon for Windows Preview instead of a thumbnail of the picture and if I open one up, it says "Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because either the picture is deleted, or it's in a location that isn't available."
If anyone can explain to me this bizarre phenomenon, it would be much appreciated. If you can also think of a solution for me to retrieve these I would be very grateful.
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