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I had few files in my computer, it had become zero bytes files automaticaly. and when i open it says invalid pics, how to retrieve these images?

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You'll probably need a data recovery tool at this point, like GetDataBack runtime.org/data-recovery-products.htm –  hyperslug Sep 24 '09 at 6:14
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A few ideas:

  • Where did the images come from? Can you download or copy them again?
  • Try a different image viewer. Maybe Irfanview or Paint.net
  • Use Everything to search your drive for any other instances of the file.
  • Use a recovery application like Recuva to try and retrieve it if it was deleted.

Good luck!

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I have a large number of image files which have become zero bytes. I have tried recuva but that sees them as valid files not deleted files and therefore does nothing with them.

I tried http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smart%5Frecovery/info.htm?language=1 and have quickly and successfully recovered one of the images. It produces two files; one of zero bytes and another of 2.6 Mbytes which produces a normal image. I imagine I shall be able to recover all the files in the same way.

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If there are zero bytes in the file, then you cannot retrieve the image from the file. You may be able to retrieve the image from somewhere else, though.

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this happened to me once. On chrome, when I saved the image to the disk, the download was successful but the result was a zero sized image.

I think the only solution is to re-download the images if you got them from the internet.

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If the images were on your hard drive and readable previously the smart recovery software from http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smart%5Frecovery/info.htm?language=1 might recover them.

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