random image file corruption

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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I am finding a very small but growing number of image files in my LRClassic catalog have an odd corruption (see attached screenshots). I understand this may not be a LRClassic issue but have not been able to find any similar descriptions elsewhere on the web, so thought I might start here. Anticipatory thanks...
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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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File corruption can be caused by hardware issues, bad memory card, bad card reader, bad cable from reader to the computer and failing hard drives.

Were these images free of the corruption issues when initially imported?

If this is a recent shoot, are the files still on the card? If so, try another card reader and cable.

 

Kenneth Seals

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Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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A bit more digging...

The corruption IS in the .dng files. So suspect it is a hardware problem, as KR mentions.

 

I have about 50K images (from 2005 to today) and so far have discovered 27 with this corruption artifact. What concerns me is that I don't know if the problem occurred during import - or worse, if it is an ongoing and developing issue due to a progressive problem with the drives I use - meaning I could expect more files to become corrupted over time. So my new question relates to back-up strategies.

 

I keep the working folders of images on an external Samsung T7 SSD. I back up to two older Samsung T5 SSDs as well as to a spinning Seagate HD, a spinning drive on a Synology NAS, and finally to Backblaze and Amazon Photos. I've compared these images on all the back-up devices and they ALL contain the corruption.


Therefore, if this IS an ongoing and progressive problem with the primary working SSD drive, seems I am certain to overwrite uncorrupted files on the backups with corrupted files, each time I back up. Is there a better back-up solution? For the local back-ups I've used GoodSync - but of late have been using Carbon Copy Cloner. Thinking I need to learn how to tell CCC "don't overwrite existing files."

 

Thanks again, all...  

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Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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Lightroom Classic (and ACR) can check validation of DNGs which is a useful feature to look into:

https://jkost.com/blog/2013/08/dng-verification-in-lightroom-5.html

https://www.dpbestflow.org/data-validation/dng-validation#lightroom


Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Thanks for this. I did learn about DNG validation last week when LR told me all my DJI Mavic images were not vaidated, so did DL the Adobe validation tool... 🙂

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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If you delete the previews, and let LrC recreate them, does the problem go away?

 

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Appreciate the idea - done a bit more digging and it's not a problem with the previews.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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Be useful to zip one or more of these files, upload to something like Dropbox so we can examine if this is indeed in the document or another issue outside of the files themselves.

If you disable GPU in preferences, does anything change?


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Thanks for the ideas - turns out it is an issue with the .dng files - I'll summarize in a reply to KR above... 

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