Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Adobe Lightroom - Corrupt Thumbnails

I just got a new Dell Optiplex 990 computer with an Intel Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40 GHz with 8.00 GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 7 OS for image processing. It's fast.

I just processed 2 processed 2,297 .DNG files and exported them as Jpegs. Unfortunately, when I look at the thumbnails in Windows, this is how they look:

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I thought the files were corrupt and tried exporting them again - same result. When I opened the images the files seemed fine, but I didn't want to run the risk of corrupt thumbnails. Fortunately a post on SevenForums described the same phenomenon. Here is the solution:

Open Disk Cleanup (I just click on the Start Menu and type Disk Cleanup in the Search box).

Select the drive where you keep your thumbnails and press the OK button.

Check Thumbnails on the list of stuff to clean up (you may want to un-check all the other options) and press the OK button. This will delete all your thumbnails. When you reopen the folder your thumbnails will be fixed (they were never broken, but in the interest of speed, they were never drawn right in the first place).


I hope this helps.


  1. Thank you for this. :) It was linked on the Lightroom Forums and addresses my current issue.

  2. Thank you! I always opened them up in photoshop and resaved them to fix this. WAYYYY EASIER!

  3. Worked for me, thanks.

  4. Wowhoo Thank you !!!
    I had the same problem after exporting thousand files with Lightroom 4 and windows 7 pro x64 running on Raid 0 drive ( Stripe )

  5. Thank you so much for this. I'm scared stiff of these issues!
    Worked a treat.