Originally Posted by PruettPhoto
The images are fine when viewed in microsoft explorer raw viewer. I don't think I've tried just copying them directly from the cards to my hard drive using my card reader before importing into Lightroom. I can use Sandisk recovery program to access the complete images but the problem with that is every card's image starts with #1 and working with 8 cards it's a pain making 8 different folders for them so they aren't overwritten. Out of 1300 images there are only 10 that need recovering but on different cards. Very time consuming. At this time I haven't found the cause of this unique problem and it didn't start happening until a month or two ago. I'm hoping to move more towards portraits instead of weddings so it won't be as big a deal then but for now this is a major pain and adding tons of hours to my post production time for weddings.
1. What kind of camera? I would start with their proprietary viewer. 'Nikon View' is free to download. I imagine other camera's versions are as well.
2. What version of Lightroom? Current version is 1.2, and there have been vast operational improvements since 1.0.
3. Is "Render Standard-Sized Previews" checked in the Import dialog? Either way should only affect your viewing speed of the image in LR, but there could be some glitch in the rendering process depending on which is chosen.
4. Why is each card's files starting at #1? That just seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Even though I personally never reset my camera's numbering, I can understand why you might do it from job to job. But from card to card?
I also don't understand why you need to use the recovery program if the images look Ok outside of LR? LR doesn't touch the actual image file, so it should not have damaged it. It sounds like you have a problem with the rendered thumbnails.
How about the backup files? Are you creating them on import? Are they OK?