Category Archives: corrupted

Repair MP4, MOV, 3GP, M4V, WAV, MP3 after STOP/DJVU ransomware

As most ransomware STOP/DJVU encrypts files to make them inaccessible. After you pay the ransom (in bitcoins), the attackers send the tools and information needed to decrypt your files and make them accessible again. The encryption is very hard to ‘break’ but ransomware researcher every now and then have success creating decryption software. Some time… Read More »

These 9 Sony memory cards might corrupt your files

Sony has issued a product advisory warning for nine of its SD memory cards, across three different product lines, that might damage your data. The cards, listed below, are at risk of corrupting your files when recording video, according to Sony: SF-M Series SF-M64 SF-M128 SF-M256 (Applicable cards can be identified by the presence of… Read More »

Recent changes to JPEG-Repair Toolkit

2.8.101 # Adds MCU clone tool To repair a JPEG you typically need to remove corrupt data which affects alignment of all data following corruption. To re-align you then insert stuff bytes (zeros) which leave a grey horizontal line. In this video I show how I use MCUs directly above the grey line to replace… Read More »

Unstable SD card with bad sectors data recovery – freezing, locks up, read errors, disconnects

Recovering your precious photos from a SD card can be challenging enough after accidental file deletion or formatting. Recovering data from an unstable SD Card may prove to even more difficult. Recovering data from an unstable SD Card Many file, photo and data recovery tools available focus on file recovery. Their efforts focus on discovery… Read More »

Windows Photos: It looks like we don’t support this file format

Windows Photos: “It looks like we don’t support this file format.” The first thing you need to check is if other photo viewers can actually open the file. For example try the ‘old’ Windows Photo Viewer or a third party photo viewer. If those fail to open the photo as well, the file may be… Read More »

JPEG-Repair, no SOS detected

A common error message that JPEG-Repair reports is ‘no SOS detected’. I have written several posts and made videos to repair JPEG photos in case the Windows photo viewers report errors: The old Windows photo viewer: File appears to be damaged, corrupted or is too large. The new Windows Photos: It looks like we don’t… Read More »

Alternative method for half grey or truncated JPEG photo repair

There are various examples on this website of repairs of half grey or truncated JPEG images. In those cases all image data is actually present, but due to an error or corruption only a part of it is visible. If data is simply missing because for example the file is partially overwritten or cut-off, repair… Read More »

Repair/Recover JPEGs encrypted by ransomware STOP Djvu

This article shows repair of JPEGs that fell victim of ransomware. This particular ransomware only encrypts part of the file. Due to this the JPEG header and some 150 KB of JPEG data are lost. Using a reference file and weeding encrypted data we can repair the photo.

Unknown or invalid JPEG Marker

If you get a Unknown or invalid JPEG Marker this means one of two: The photo viewer or editor encountered a JPEG marker it isn’t familiar with. The JPEG file is corrupt. To rule out cause 1, your photo viewer editor doesn’t recognize a certain JPEG marker, update your software and if that does not help, try… Read More »

In the wild corrupted photos and their fixes

It is true that these are close to impossible to repair using PhotoShop like editors because it’s the underlying data that is corrupt. It means standard photo restoration techniques fall short as they work with the data that is available. JPEG-Repair is a tool designed to remove the corrupt data.