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Matthew Currie

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A folder that refuses Nikon software
« on: February 28, 2023, 23:07:13 »
I had a strange glitch today, which I thought might be of interest to those running Nikon software and having problems.

I have a folder on my desktop, containing a number of NEF files. A couple of the files had been edited, and two of them don't open the usual Windows preview, defaulting to the Irfanview icon, which is my default viewer.   Whenever I attempt to open any file on the folder using either Capture NXD or View NX-2, it opens briefly and then closes the program without a warning or a trace. If I transfer the file anywhere else, it works fine. If I take the file that just worked, and transfer it back, it can't be opened by Nikon software.  Raw Therapee, Photoscape, Irfanview and Faststone all open all these files fine wherever they are. It's just Nikon.

I tried moving the whole batch to a new folder, and the problem persisted.  So then I took the files one at a time, and put them in a new folder.  For a while they all worked. The first of the non previewing ones made no problem but the second one did, and when it was added to the folder, none of the other contents could be read by a Nikon program. 

I have no idea what the problem with that one file is, but I thought it interesting enough to make note of, because whatever it is, it affects all the files on the folder it is in.  And since this is pretty bizarre behavior, I figure if you're having problems with Nikon programs blinking off without warning, it's worth noting.

Ilkka Nissilä

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Re: A folder that refuses Nikon software
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2023, 09:39:00 »
Have you tried to clear the cache in the Nikon software and deleting the temporary files stored by Nikon under AppData in the main drive?

Matthew Currie

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Re: A folder that refuses Nikon software
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2023, 15:22:52 »
 I wasn't aware that the Nikon software had a cache.  But the mere presence of the file in a folder was enough to make all files in the folder unreadable, such that just putting it in a new folder would change the behavior of the software even if it had not itself been opened, whether it contained a single other file or many, including the other temporary Nikon files,  and removing it would restore order.  Something in the mere existence of that file alters the folder it lives in.