I was manually copying my photos from my iPhone 6 running iOS 9.3.1 onto my Windows 8 laptop and deleted all the
.aae files associated with the various JPEGs before copying them over. I immediately found that the JPEGs associated with the
.aae files were rendered unmovable and inaccessible.
I understand that
.aae files are used to keep a history of photo modifications so that one can revert if one wants in the future, but I didn't think they were integral to accessing my JPEGs as I've been able to delete them AFTER transferring them to my laptop before without issue.
So now, I have a load of great pics I can't transfer and can't access.
I also tried unplugging and replugging my iPhone to my laptop, but now the once-inaccessible JPEGs seem to have totally gone.