Imported pictures using Picasa 3 - the pictures became grey boxes!?!

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    Imported pictures using Picasa 3 - the pictures became grey boxes!?!

    So, I imported my photos from my SDCard to my PC using Picasa 3, and everything was going smoothly... until I tried to take a look at the photos! all of the photos that I've imported using this method for some reason all became greyed out! Viewing them on Picasa3, all you can see is a grey rectangle, in place of the photos. However, when using the windows explorer folder, i can see that the photos were imported correctly (it's not just a grey box, but the actual photos), but when I try to open it (using any program: Paint, Picasa3, etc), it is still a grey rectangle instead of the photos. I tried to upload the image and send it via email, and I get the same result.

    In my mistake, I chose to "delete the uploaded photos after uploading" option... If anyone can help retrieve these photos, I would be forever grateful! it's my vacation photos from Croatia

    I'm not sure if there were any errors when I imported it... i stepped out for a bit while I was waiting for it to import. Again, I would appreciate any help! I'm not sure if this will help, but I looked around my SD card, and looked at the "Lost.dir" folder, and copied all of what's in there.

    I did use Glarysoft to recover the images, and I'm using a Windows 7 laptop as my computer.

    Also, are there other alternatives? I did save the lost.dir with all of the photo files in it, both in my SD Card, and on my laptop. I think I remember back in the XP days when you can just rename the corrupted files, and append the .jpg extension at the end, and that will fix it? Can I do the same in a Vista/Windows 7 computer? Are there other workarounds this issue? Thanks again!
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    Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

    Regarding renaming recovered files - you can make a copy of that files and try.

    I have never used Picasa, but I can try to play with those pictures and see what I can do.
    So you want, you can send me one of those grey pictures and on of those recovered ones.
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    thanks! how do i send them to you? you can send me an email
    Last edited by Airbot; 24 May 2011 at 22:20. Reason: removed email address..
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    Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

    I have sent you my contacts.
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    Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

    Here are my findings:
    Those jpg files seem to have all standard meta info, even some sort of preview in them, but then I open them in Hex editor, they are 95% zero bytes. Picasa managed to corrupt them so badly, it is not possibly to do anything about them. How your recovered files are doing? Did renaming help?
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