Category Archives: image repair

File appears to be damaged, corrupted or is too large

Windows Photo Viewer can’t open this picture because the file appears to be damaged, corrupted or is too large. If try to open a corrupt JPEG file in the Windows Photo Viewer it will tell you: Windows Photo Viewer can’t open this picture because the file appears to be damaged, corrupted or is too large.… Read More »

Raymond.cc’s challenge: repair-and-fix-corrupted-images

Raymond.cc’s JPEG repair challenge If you have googled for software to repair corrupt JPEG photos, then there’s a good chance you have come across this article on Raymond.cc: 5 Tools to Repair Corrupted JPEG Photos and Images. Raymond, or the article author HAL9000 (utterly cool nick!) set up an artificial test to test various tools that… Read More »

Software to Repair corrupt and damaged JPEG files

Something I have been doing lately is looking into repair of damaged and corrupt JPEG photos. I have been offering a JPEG repair service for a while now. Learning from that I have created a utility that addresses most common issues with corrupt and damaged JPEG files. Basically there are two types of issues I… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Photo recovery software: Intact previews, but corrupt photos

An often heard complaint after using digital image recovery software, is that it shows intact previews, but recovers corrupt photos. How does this happen? The preview is not the actual image data To understand how this can happen we need to have closer look at the internal structures of popular image formats. The most common image formats… Read More »