Error Message.."Couldn't open the file. It may be corrupt or a file format that Preview doesn't recognize."

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Hi, This may be a common problem, I've browsed through posts here...anyway help required please! This morning I downloaded 108 photo's from my Canon EOS1000, same as I've ever done for the last few years. They seemed to load okay as they have always done, but just five minutes later I tried to open them and had this dreaded message  "Couldn’t open the file. It may be corrupt or a file format that Preview doesn’t recognize." I've checked file extensions etc. and they're all JPEG's - and the information on each photo looks similar to photos' in the stuff I downloaded last week.
Have I lost these photo's? Can they be retrieved? Of course I selected the "delete photo's from camera option on downloading.....
Any help greatly appreiated
Bill
Kent
England
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gambo74, Welcome to the discussion area!
It sounds like the drive directory is corrupted.
Boot from the DVD that came with your iMac. Open Disk Utility and repair the hard drive.