Category Archives: JPEG Recovery

Recovered photos are corrupt

There are a huge number of JPEG recovery and undelete programs available on the web, many even for free. However, the vast majority of these can only handle the simplest types of deleted files: unfragmented photos. As a result many of your recovered photos are corrupt. TL;DR: If recovered photos are corrupt you have two… 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.

How to repair a corrupted JPEG photo

How to repair a corrupted JPEG photo may seem a simple question but the answer isn’t. Many people seem to expect to run some JPEG Repair software and that fixes it. And that’s what many of my competitors promise. If only it were that simple. Now, let’s take this one step at the time to… Read More »

Observation with regards to corrupted DNG and NEF RAW photos

RAW photos such as DNG and NEF often embed JPEG photos. In case of file corruption it may be useful to ‘recover’ these JPEGs in case repair of the corrupted RAWs is not possible. I was reading this article: “Lucky Accidents: Viewing Corrupted JPEG Photos in a New Light“. In the comment section the author… Read More »

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 »

Diagnostics of damaged and corrupt JPEGs

Not all corrupt JPEGs can be repaired. In fact, a large number of damaged JPEG files I receive on a daily basis can not. So I spend a fair amount of time on files that I nor anyone else can repair. About 90% of these non repairable files suffer from one of the following issues:… 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? Edit 2nd of March, 2019: After having successfully repaired a number of corrupted CR2 (Canon RAW files), I now accept CR2 files for my photo repair service. Unfortunately I know of no software that can successfully repair corrupt Canon CR2 RAW Canon files. This known incapable software… 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! There are free and payed ways to try to recover or repair your photos. So I’ll be… Read More »