Whatsapp images showing different image content when viewed from PC

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May 22, 2016 9:30:25 AM via Website

Hi, I'm new here, just looking for someone who can explain something strange I noticed this morning:

I tried copying my Whatsapp images to my PC since the folder was starting to grow pretty bloated. However, when looking at the images from my PC, I noticed some of them seemed to be duplicates. I compared them to the ones I still have on the phone (didn't delete them yet) and realized that the content of some images was somehow replaced by other images from somewhere else in the folder.

Here's an example (sorry, not allowed to post links to imgur as a new user, so I have to place the acutal images here):

Take a look at IMG-20160111WA0003.jpg (the fourth one from the top). It's a picture of the sister of my girlfriend with her little daughter.

I looked at the same folder from my PC, this is what it shows:
The same picture is now suddenly showing my parents and my grandparents while we're going on a walk... That picture was actually taken over a months after january 11th and it is also there under its correct file name. The picture of the sister of my girlfriend is nowehere to be seen when viewed from PC.

There are some more mix-ups like that throughout my whole Whatsapp imgaes folder. When I look at them on my phone, it shows the correct pictures, but when I look at the same folder from my PC, I get this. If it were just a display issue I could live with it, but it isn't; the images get completely replaced by wrong ones if I try to copy them like this, making it impossible for me to copy the correct originals. Can anyone make any sense out of that?

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May 22, 2016 7:57:46 PM via Website

It looks weird, could be a thumbnail error when you looked at the same folder on your PC.

Copy that file to your PC's harddisc and see if that photo is still showing the error.

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May 22, 2016 8:37:36 PM via Website

I did and it is. Even when opening it with my picture editor, so it's definitely not a thumbnail error; the whole image gets replaced.

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May 22, 2016 8:44:50 PM via Website

And on the phone, if you open the file from Gallery, it showed woman and baby?

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May 23, 2016 12:34:58 PM via Website

The gallery on my phone shows the correct images. But I'm not concerned about that anymore, since I finally managed to find a way, although I had to jump through quite some hoops...

I downloaded the WinRAR app and put all the images into a .zip file. When I tried to copy that file to my PC, for probably the same strange reason as the whole issue, it copied only 176MB of the 434MB original and my PC then naturally complained that the archive was incomplete or broken. Afterwards, I tried moving the archive to my phone's SD card (using my phone to do it, not through the PC connection), then I copied THAT file to the PC. Lo and behold, this one works and I got all the correct images on my PC at last.

I still don't know why I can't copy the WhatsApp images normally, but at least I found a way to do it at all :P

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May 23, 2016 6:12:00 PM via Website

It's a weird problem but glad you got this resolved.