Category Archives: image recovery

How to recover data from corrupted CR2 photos

JPG-Repair Toolkit allows you to recover data from corrupted CR2 photos (JPEG). Canon RAW photos (CR2) contain the raw, ‘undeveloped’ sensor data. JPG-Repair Toolkit can process multiple Canon RAW files (Cr2) files in batch. Commonly Canon RAW photos embed one or more JPEGs: a low resolution thumbnail, a medium resolution preview, and in many cases… Read More »

Software review: Stellar Repair for Photos

I noticed Stellar renamed their photo repair tool from ‘Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair’ to ‘Stellar Repair for Photo’. ‘Photos’ suggests that rather than being limited to repairing JPEG, it also supports other formats. I visited their website and downloaded the new version. This is just a short post of my initial observations. You can download… Read More »

Fake memory cards

Fake memory cards are a real problem. Not a week goes by where I am not confronted with loss of digital photos caused by these. The sad news is that these photos that were never actually saved to the card can nor be repaired or recovered. Fake memory card explained A fake memory card offers… Read More »

Can corrupt Canon CR2 RAW photos be repaired

Can corrupt Canon CR2 RAW photos be repaired? Unfortunately I know of no software that can successfully repair corrupt Canon CR2 RAW Canon files. Please leave a comment if you do because I’d love to link to it! That being said, depending on your situation there may be options: If the corrupt CR2 file is… Read More »

Bottom half of JPEG is missing or grey or solid color

There’s basically three things that can be wrong if a JPEG opens but is partially grey:

1. File is too small. Let’s an average JPEG shot with same camera and settings is 4 MB and the ones that are damaged are like 1 MB or 2 MB. Then probably half the data is simply missing. These files can not be repaired.

2. Normal file size. Either part of the file does not contain image data or file does contain image data but is interrupted by some invalid data.

If part of the file does not contain image data then this is sometimes easy to spot using a hex editor. All of a sudden ‘random’ binary data stops and changes to FF FF FF or 00 00 00 etc.. Repair: Impossible.

In case the data is however is there but it is interrupted repair is often possible. JPG-Repair tries to detect and will try to get rid of the invalid data, however this does not always work. Current version detects invalid JPEG markers, common damage due to bad sectors and some type of corruption I observed a few times with images shot with certain Samsung phones.

Photos on SD card are corrupt

When you discover photos on your SD card are corrupt you should: Do as little as possible (read: nothing) with the card. Do NOT run chkdsk on the card itself! Create a disk image of the card immediately! To create a disk image use the free version of ReclaiMe or Win32 Disk Imager. The image… Read More »

Recover Canon CR2 RAW photos

Recover Canon CR2 RAW photos. Canon CR2 raw files contain unprocessed raw sensor data. Depending on the camera’s resolution they tend to be quite large and due to typical usage patterns (preview photo > dismiss/delete file > shoot new file etc.) the files become easily fragmented. Shoot video too? Then fragmentation is very likely to… Read More »

Photo recovery: Easeus Data Recovery vs JPEG Recovery LAB

Comparison between various tools for photo recovery The case of the corrupt JPEG files Sometimes it turns out photos can not be repaired after recovery. Best thing to do then is to use better photo recovery software and recover the files again. Files were originally recovered using Easeus Data Recovery. Case: Contacted via Facebook Chat,… Read More »

The corrupt JPEGs that weren’t corrupt

Often I am asked to repair JPEGs that can be opened but don’t display correctly. Many of those look okay for some part, but turn into a grey area at some point. Repairing these files (or recovering them as we’ll see) isn’t always straight forward and sometimes requires some detective work. Half grey photos In… Read More »

Corrupt CR2 and NEF files due to file fragmentation

There are many tools available to recover lost or deleted digital photos from memory cards. Most of them are unable to recover non contiguous or fragmented files. As a result fragmented files recovered by such tools will be corrupt. In such cases JPEG Recovery LAB can help you recover fragmented files. However, recovered files may… Read More »