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Windows 7: New Items Vanish from Pictures Library

12 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Version 6.1, Build 7600
 
 
New Items Vanish from Pictures Library

I keep my photos in the Windows 7 Pictures Library on my laptop. The library is copied to a portable hard drive.

I recently collected some new photos on the portable drive and later dragged them to the corresponding folder on the computer. All OK until the computer was rebooted, when the new photos apparently vanished from the folder. A search showed that they were still there, and they became visible when the folder was dragged to the desktop. But they vanished again when it was replaced in the library.

I deleted the whole folder from the library and replaced it with the copy on the portable drive. All was well, including the new photos. But further photos imported from the portable drive still vanish as described.

This only seems to happen with the hard drive: individual photos imported from an SD card or copied to the library from other applications are OK.

Maybe I'll just have to collect new photos in a different way, or import the whole folder each time, but I'd be grateful for advice.

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12 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Alan
Forgive me for saying this, I don't wish to offend but it looks as if you may not fully understand how the libraries work. They are not folders where you can save files to. Each item in the Library is really a link to a folder somewhere else. Could be your "C" hard drive on anyone of a number of External hard drives. You can add any folder on your system to the library making a very quick an convenient link to the folder. When you save to a folder that you have put a link to in the libraries that new file will appear in the library.
Better than me prattling on have a look at this article.
Windows 7 Libraries Explained
Please come back to the Forum for any further information you may need.
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12 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Version 6.1, Build 7600
 
 

Thanks, mitchell65. I'm certainly not offended, being far from expert and always grateful to learn.

Actually, I did realise that the libraries are essentially a collection of shortcuts but maybe I didn't explain the problem clearly. I open the Pictures Library then click on a folder link to display the file links (thumbnails are my choice). I then drag a new photo from an external hard drive and drop it into the display. A new thumb appears and remains in place, even if I close the library then return to it. But, after shutdown and reboot, I find that the new thumb has disappeared when I next go to the folder via the library. If I open the folder directly, eg by dragging the library link to the desktop or go via Windows Explorer, the thumb shows. When I return the link to the library, the thumb vanishes again. I've discovered that it can be restored if the folder is first opened via the navigation pane on the left of the library, but that's as close as I can get to a solution.

This does not occur if I follow the same procedure but take the new photo from, eg, an SD card or an e-mail.

Hope all that makes sense!
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12 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Alan and Welcome to SevenForums

When transferring pic's from external drive, flash drive, SD card always do it in Win Explorer just highlite the pic's you want or the folder of pic's right click/ do copy go to the library / Picturers / My Picturers right click My Picturers and do Paste your done they will be there. Try it and let us know if it worked
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12 Jan 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I am getting a bit confused here. When you say you "I then drag a new photo from an external hard drive and drop it into the display. " What display are you dragging it to? How do you navigate to an external hard drive without using the left hand pane? Do you mean a separate hard drive that is not linked to the picture library? How can you drag the "Library Link" to the desktop. I not sure what you mean there!
A couple of screen shots would be very helpful here!
I need some help now, I think
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12 Jan 2011   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
Hi Alan and Welcome to SevenForums

When transferring pic's from external drive, flash drive, SD card always do it in Win Explorer just highlite the pic's you want or the folder of pic's right click/ do copy go to the library / Picturers / My Picturers right click My Picturers and do Paste your done they will be there. Try it and let us know if it worked
True but why not just drag and drop?
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12 Jan 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Drag/drop and Copy/paste do not work the same way: Move and copy files using drag and drop

I recommend to use Copy to folder and Move to folder in all cases.
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12 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Just found copy and paste more reliable
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12 Jan 2011   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I always use the right button then I have a choice to move or copy!
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12 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Version 6.1, Build 7600
 
 

Thanks to all for the responses. I tried copy/paste instead of drag/drop and it was successful. I'm grateful.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Well I am getting a bit confused here. When you say you "I then drag a new photo from an external hard drive and drop it into the display. " (Q1) What display are you dragging it to? (Q2) How do you navigate to an external hard drive without using the left hand pane? (Q3) Do you mean a separate hard drive that is not linked to the picture library? (Q4) How can you drag the "Library Link" to the desktop. I not sure what you mean there!
A couple of screen shots would be very helpful here!
I need some help now, I think
Sorry for the confusion, mitchell65. Screen shots would not be for public display, but I'll try to explain.

I go to Libraries and double-click Pictures. This opens Pictures Library with icons in folder order as I have chosen (call this Stage 1). I double-click a folder icon, then a sub-folder icon if there is one. This opens with picture icons arranged by date, again as chosen (call this Stage 2).

Q1. The display I am dragging to is Stage 2. A new picture icon appears as soon as I drop.

Q2-3. I navigate to the external drive by selecting the Windows Explorer option in the Autoplay box which appears when the drive is connected to a USB. The drive is not linked to the Picture Library. (I did not know this was possible until I read the link in your first reply. I'll consider this further tomorrow as it's nearly time for my Horlicks.)

Q4. "Library link" was my clumsy terminology for a folder icon at Stage 1.

Hope this clarifies rather than mystifies.
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