Were it not for my file synchronization program, Synchredible, I may have never been made aware of this situation; however, the synchronization process scans through the entire image collection and copies any differences in content from the source drive to the back-up drive and provides a notification of any problems.
The affected files, sometimes only a single file and sometimes a dozen or more, more often PSD files, but occasionally jpegs, will hang any program that tries to open them; the little blue circle will go round and round until either the program freezes or else a warning dialogue pops up with an option to abort.
The problem has been with mostly PSD and the occasional jpeg; thus far, I have not found any RAW files that have been affected.
Any attempt to copy an affected file to a different location, sort of as a quarantine until I can get this figured out will result in this :
Looking at the list of files in the folder, there is nothing that appears amiss; the affected files "Properties" yields no clue that anything is wrong.
Photoshop Elements, the program that created the files, cannot open them and instead yields a similar notice as that posted above.
I cannot copy over these corrupted files (save over/write over); but, thank goodness, I can at least delete them.
Just to be clear, I am not having an epidemic of corrupted image files; in a collection of 50,000-plus files, the synchronization process may find between one and a dozen that are as described; and, once the process has found and I have removed, the affected files, it never finds problems in that batch again; so, that leads me to think that the synchronization process is not the guilty dog in this.
Have any of you experienced a similar situation where you have found image files that are so corrupted as to be unmanageable ?
What are the likely suspects that could be damaging these image files; could they be getting corrupted during the "Save As" process ?
Thanks for reading.