I hesitate to say that I haven’t encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I’ll jinx myself. But it’s the truth: I haven’t suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I’m sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular source of file corruption, they aren’t the only possibility. This article–actually, a Q & A between reader and expert–on The Online Photographer blog illustrate a great approach to dealing with corrupt image files. Namely, you better lock that stuff down immediately. Corruption can come from bad drives, bad backup drives, loose cables, or really any number of hardware failings. The point, of course, is that this is something not to fool around with. The moment you discover a glitch in your system–a few funky files that just won’t open right–you need to take care of diagnosing and repairing the problem immediately. Start here, and be prepared if this problem arises to nip it in the bud.