This is the place to come for help on obscure problems and I have another. Any help would be cheerfully appreciated.
This morning a program crashed my large external storage drive, which became inaccessible. I ran chkdsk which instantly found errors and fixed them. The drive was again accessible, and almost all the subdirectories seemed intact, however I soon found one, filled with thousands of collected jpeg pictures which were almost all damaged in some way. Pictures in this directory had been filed by subject into separate subfolders.
My picture indexing software could still represent all the pictures in thumbnails, but they were not available to view full size. Windows XP explorer was also able to browse them and only about 5% of them would show as working thumbnails at all.
Now my assumption in my layman's terms is that the entry in the FAT still shows the correct size entries for each .jpg, although the data was almost completely corrupted in this particular directory for some reason.
It is also clear the available space on this drive increased quite a lot after the crash and chkdsk recovery.
Am I correct in believing there is no possible way to get back any of these jpeg pictures? It's starting to look like I should just delete everything off the drive assuming it's bad and start again.
Thank you so much for your time!