Category Archives: file recovery

Recover photos from a hard drive

To recover photos from a hard drive, in 9 out of 10 cases generic file recovery software will do better, give less fuzz and be quicker than specialized photo recovery software. In advance: SSD is different. Now before I will give a more detailed explanation it’s important to be aware of the fact that I’ll… Read More »

Why is photo repair more expensive than photo recovery?

In this post I’ll try to explain why photo repair is relatively expensive compared to photo recovery. Why is it many photos can be recovered at a fraction of the cost of repairing just a few images?

How can a data recovery lab get the data you can’t?

I am all for DIY (do it yourself). In fact my first website was called ‘DIY Data Recovery’, and the idea was to provide people with information and tools to perform their own data recoveries.  I learned a few things from that. Some things are not suited for DIY’ing. And some things that are DIY-able,… Read More »

Create a disk image of a SD Card or small USB flash drive

In this post I’ll explain how you can create a sector-by-sector disk image of a small USB flash drive or memory card using JpegDigger. This type if disk images are also referred to as dd or RAW image files. The disk image is an exact copy of each sector of the drive that was imaged.… Read More »

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 »

Accidentally deleted pictures from SSD. Recovered but they’re corrupted.

Case study, Story goes like: Accidentally deleted some pictures. Recovered them but they’re corrupted. Anyway to fix it? “I used Recuva to recover a good chunk of my pictures that were deleted but it seems that even though the file was recovered I can’t view its contents? Any program that helps with this? They were… Read More »

Recover deleted DCIM folder on android mobile phone (Samsung)

Original question: Help, I deleted my entire DCIM folder from mobile phone (Samsung) Micro SD Card. Can I recover my photos? A typical answer to this question in many forums and communities is, pull the SD Card from the phone and run PhotoRec. This is indeed an option, but I’m not sure if it’s the… 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 »

My r/datarecovery subreddit FAQ

For over 20 years I have been developing, been involved in development of and supporting data and file recovery software. Some very specific incidents sparked my interest in data recovery and then I wanted to find out how data was stored and lost on and from hard drives. The first tools I wrote were DOS tools… Read More »