First Photo Transfer From iPad to PC a FAIL

WOW...  What a FAIL.  I just moved for the first time to my new iPad 48 .jpg pictures from my camera memory chip.  That went fine.  Next I hooked up the transfer cable to the PC (Windows 7, 64-bit) and transferred the 48 pictures from the iPad to My Pictures on the PC.  I went through the options and elected not to remove the pictures from the iPad at the same time I transfer them.  This should have saved my butt...but read on.
A first mistake was not selecting any pictures to view after transferring them to My Pictures on the PC.  After all, I could see their thumbnails okay.  I knew I wanted to edit some and didn't want them mixed with other pictures so I moved all of the trip pictures from My Pictures to a Downloads folder to look at them later.  In a regular folder like this the thumbnails don't display.  If they had I would have stopped right in my tracks.
I then performed a second mistake and of possible important note I had not disconnected the transfer cable yet.  I don't think that should have mattered since the pictures were in a different folder now on the PC.  In the iPad I spent a few minutes figuring out how to delete all the pictures there.  That worked....  They are all deleted.  I then removed the cable--all done.
Finally I go back to the Download folder to look at the pictures and to my horror discovered none of them would open up fully.  99% of every picture was grayed out incomplete.  You could see a few lines of picture color at the very top of a frame.  I also noticed too (you can call this a third mistake) that all the pictures listed in the folder in Windows Explorer were 127 KB.  [Heart sinking FAST!]
I moved all the pictures back to My Pictures and now 1/4 of the 48 thumbnails are grayed out to this 99% and the others looked okay but when I view _any_ of them they are grayed out 99% regardless of the thumbnail and they are all sized at 127 KB.
I've got a bad feeling there aren't any miracles to pull off here but I've got to give it a try.  Obviously there's a way this should have worked right and I need to discover it exactly before I will trust the iPad holding any photos.
After some editing and arranging I was planning to copy (not move) pictures I wanted to show others back to the iPad and I haven't figured yet how to do that.  I think I have to install iTunes on the PC and use the transfer cable again?  Is it ever so possible that if I moved all these pictures back they would be restored to their originals? [ROTFL--that would be too funny.]
WHAT HAPPENED!?!?
Thanks.

Recovered pictures from camera memory using Recuva.  Learned how to move photos and music around with Apple Care help.  No conclusion made as to what originally happened to photos but I won't be deleting them from camera memory or iPad if I transfer them there any time soon to avoid this problem.  I'm happy with the iPad and what it does as a convenient mobile device but at this point I don't think I'll be leaving the PC world just yet.

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