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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pictures disappeared from phone :-(

Weird thing happened to my phone. I took some pictures about a week ago. They were in my gallary under camera shots. A couple of days ago I went to look at them and they were gone!!!! Do you think they are still somewhere and if so, how do I find them?

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Old August 28th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mines been doing this since the update too. Alot of my pictures are now the little ! icon.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok so it isn't just my phone. Anyone know of a fix or how to get the pictures back?
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WTF pictures I took yesterday are now gone from my gallery. I was able to find them on the SD card using Astro File Manager. The were in a subfolder of DCIM called 100 Media
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Is there a way of forcing the gallery to show photos in the 100media folder?
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On my phone the pictures I take with the camera go directly to SD/DCIM/100media and I can view them with no problem in the gallery, so I dont think the problem is with the storage location.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If you are using the stock gallery then this disappearing act with pics was happening for people before the latest update. I had it happen a few times when i got my phone in Feb and as a mentioned they would not be in my gallery but i could find them using astro. I switched to quickpic as my gallery and haven't had them disappear since.
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Same thing just started happening to me, then a whole bunch of other random problems.. Then my phone wouldn't turn on and that was that.
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Thanks!!!!! Downloaded quickpic and it works great.
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Great, I found out a few minutes ago that im having the same problem.
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I had this issue recently, too. A restart solved it (for now).

Edit: I'm pretty sure I already posted this response. Sorry if it eventually shows up twice.
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I unmounted my sim, remounted, and restarted my phone and all my pictures are back.
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I unmounted my sim, remounted, and restarted my phone and all my pictures are back.
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I unmounted my sim, remounted, and restarted my phone and all my pictures are back.
Has that worked permanently? I mean... after doing this you never got the problem again?
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Mine did this the other day. I rebooted and all my pictures where there again.
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Has that worked permanently? I mean... after doing this you never got the problem again?

It wasn't a permanent fix for me it did it again after a day that's when i switched to quickpic and never had the problem again.
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It wasn't a permanent fix for me it did it again after a day that's when i switched to quickpic and never had the problem again.
Yeah, I supposed that wouldn't last long.

I downloaded quickpic and it's great, but I feel it kind of slow when I'm switching between pictures. It takes longer to load an image on fullscreen than on the stock gallery. Anyways it solved the problem of the missing pictures.
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Yeah, I supposed that wouldn't last long.

I downloaded quickpic and it's great, but I feel it kind of slow when I'm switching between pictures. It takes longer to load an image on fullscreen than on the stock gallery. Anyways it solved the problem of the missing pictures.
I dont have an issue going between pics. Maybe try to turn your phone off then back on? I have quickpic on a few phones and none have any problems with it being slow.
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Has that worked permanently? I mean... after doing this you never got the problem again?
Still working for me, no issues with my pictures since.
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I found that unmounting the SD card then mounting it again worked. And also if you have an adapter that allows you to transfer the pics to your computer, all the pictures showed up on the computer when they wouldn't show up on the phone.
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Another quick bandaid is to delete the thumbnails directory in the DCIM folder. I use File ES or mount the SD card and delete the thumbnail Dir, then when I start the gallery app it reloads all the thumbnails and the files are back again.

That however is not permanent as I have had to do that 2 or 3 times a day depending on how much it acts up. I had this issue before the update but it seems to happen more often after the update.

I ended up switching my SMS app and Mail app because of issues after the last update, I guess I may end up swapping gallery apps too. Kinda sad since I like the HTC Gallery app.
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An ancillary question. I too am having this same issue, and both downloaded quick pic and did the unmount and restart trick. It's working now, but where is the best place to permanently delete pics? Should I delete them from the card, or via the image gallery/quick pics. I noticed that pictures I deleted from the image gallery have returned after unmounting the SD card.
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An ancillary question. I too am having this same issue, and both downloaded quick pic and did the unmount and restart trick. It's working now, but where is the best place to permanently delete pics? Should I delete them from the card, or via the image gallery/quick pics. I noticed that pictures I deleted from the image gallery have returned after unmounting the SD card.
I just delete them straight from quickpic and haven't had them reappear
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Cool gallery pictures disappear

I think i fixed the gallery issue-use a file explorer tool and DELETE the dalvik-cache-it will redo it at next boot then everything should show up in the gallery when you take pictures and after reboots...

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edit---look for a .nomedia file in the root of the sd card-delete the damn thing-that was the real problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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tear tear cry cry same here and they deleted and bunch of pics and a video I had from a home I lived in for 11 years
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I have been having the pictures disappear from my default gallery app as well (Droid Incredible with HTC sense with Android 2.3.4). I can restart and have my pictures back for about a day before they are missing again. I can find them on Astro if they're not in gallery. I installed quickpic and they're all showing up fine (while still missing in gallery)!

I would also suggest using a cloud backup such as dropbox, google's drive or box that can be set to backup pictures as you take them, only when you are on wifi or only manually. This way even if your phone takes a dive you'll have most if not all pictures already backed up.
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I did that too,but they disappeared again........is there a permanent fix?
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I finally received ATT's 2.3.5 today (almost a year after it came out) and Android 3.0 when I went to retrieve a photo I'd just taken, the gallery widget wouldn't open.....so here I am and I unmounted the SIM, that did not work,so I went to quick pic and all photos returned. Thanks to 2manyPHONES for saving the day. I really do not care for this OS......it seems I accustom myself to one OS, set the phone up, love it, and here comes an update.....actually an 'uplate' since it was released in Dec 11. Thanks for the help.
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I checked the web for a bunch of solutions. Downloaded Recuva from Recuva.com to "restore" my deleted files, for fear that my kid deleted all my pictures. However Recuva didn't find anything. So I found this post, and while searching, I plugged my phone into my laptop via the USB cable, in order to run Recuva.

I did a search on my SD-Card Drive, [E:] for *.jpg, sure enough it found all my pictures in the 100 Media folder of the E:\DCIM folder.

Confused as all hell, I backed up all my images to my laptop.

After I unplugged my phone from the laptop (via the USB cable) I checked my phone's gallery, to my pleasant surprise, all my images were restored. Nice!

Moral of the Story:
1) It seems you can plug into a computer via USB and unplug and that will restore your "not-so-lost" images.
2) When you do that, do yourself a favor, backup your stuff, just in case.

This was actually quite the scare, because I got the phone when I had my daughter, meaning its loaded with great baby pictures. I'm really glad I didn't loose them all.

As extra information, I've got a Droid Incredible 1.0 from HTC and it's been updating a lot recently, in case that matters.
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