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Help with pictures in *.jpg Kodak lost them

by jomcan / April 6, 2011 8:56 AM PDT

Hi,I am running a HP XP. I have Kodak Easyshare program with a lot of pictures that I am now moving to an external hard drive. Naturally the Kodak program has somehow deleted some of my precious pics. They told me to go to *.jpg and the pics would be there. I was able to retrieve my nieces wedding pics from here. I deleted them but they are showing up at least 2 more times. When I try to delete them again it says something like cannot delete because source cannot be found. I am looking for Christmas pics among other things but there are 41,101 pics in this spot. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do or how I can delete these that say they cannot? I have to look on the Kodak program where there is a blank photo box with zig zag lines, go to properties and I only see a small pics of what I am looking for. It's the real needles in the haystack here trying to find my pics. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as these are all holiday and important pictures. Thanks in advance for any help. Joanne

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Ignore The Kodak Program And Simply Search For *.jpg
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 6, 2011 9:42 AM PDT

And yes, it's why many don't use such programs but instead choose to organize pictures in the "My Documents/Pictures" folder by date or subject, or some other means of identifying all those pics. Unfortunately, if you don't have a working program, then it may get tough to find specific pictures.. Just a thought; you might choose to uninstall, then reinstall the Kodak program AFTER making a backup of all your pictures..

Hope this helps.


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Question for Grif
by jomcan / April 6, 2011 10:09 AM PDT

Grif, thanks for responding. Even though it is an incredible amount of pictures, I mean there are logo's and all kinds of thing there plus the multiples of the same pics, is it possible for me to save them from that *.jpg site to my documents? It may be easier and faster for me if I could. It goes sooooo slow working from here. Just a thought but I would not know how to do it.

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Are You Sure It's Not Already In "My Documents?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 6, 2011 10:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Question for Grif

Doing a search for the *.jpg files should take you to the location where they reside.. Most picture programs save those files to a special folder already in "My Documents". Sometimes it's in "My Pictures", or a subfolder of "My Pictures" or possibly somewhere else..

Wherever they are, you should be able to simply open the folder where they exist, click on "Edit" in the upper left, choose "Copy", then create a new folder in "My Documents" where you want to save them, open that folder, RIGHT click inside it, choose "Paste".. All the files will be copied over to the new location. (Once that's done, it might be a good idea to copy them to a flash drive or burn a CD with those pictures as a backup.) You can then uninstall, then reinstall the Kodak software knowing you have a backup..

Hope this helps.


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Thank you Grif
by jomcan / April 6, 2011 10:40 AM PDT

I will try that tomorrow morning. If you could just keep an eye on my post in case I have a problem, I would greatly appreciate that. And thank you so much again for responding. I thought I was going to loose my mind with this problem! Joanne

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A little clarification . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 6, 2011 11:13 PM PDT

When searching, the character * is a wildcard. If you search for *.jpg you will be looking for any file name with the .jpg extension. This could include thousands (as you have found out) of pictures including originals and duplicates.

As Grif mentions, I prefer to NOT use the picture software and just use Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer). Unless you have changed the default storage location, all your pictures will be in the My Documents\My Pictures folder and sub-folders. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Explorer. There you will find the My Documents, My Pictures folder. Search away. Drag and drop you your heart's content.

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my nan has kodak
by my-tech / April 7, 2011 2:54 AM PDT

her pictures are stored something like C:/programfiles/kodak/pictures

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by jomcan / April 8, 2011 4:43 AM PDT
In reply to: my nan has kodak

Yes, I have found a ton of pics in folders. Just want to make sure I have the ones that I want. Then it will be a challenge to go through them on the external hard drive. I probably have some on there 3 times will all this!

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Found them all, I think!
by jomcan / April 8, 2011 4:41 AM PDT

Thanks for your help. I have found them where Grif said. I think that all the ones I am looking for are there. If not I'll keep looking in subfolders and such. Thanks!

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(NT) Good Job !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 8, 2011 11:37 AM PDT
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Couldn't have done it without your help!
by jomcan / April 8, 2011 12:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Good Job !

Thanks so much Grif. You saved me from a lot of work and heartache! Joanne

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