Category Archives: RAW image

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 »

RAW data recovery

RAW can mean several things with regards to data recovery; ‘You can recover your RAW photos from a SD Card with a RAW file system using RAW file recovery’. With regards to file and photo recovery, RAW data recovery can refer to three different things: The recovery method; RAW vs. file system based recovery It… Read More »

Recover RAW photos using JpegDigger

JpegDigger is a JPEG carver. As such you may not expect it to be useful to recover RAW photos. However I have been able to put it to good use in a number of cases where: RAW photos were lost or deleted Photos appear corrupt on memory card RAW photos were corrupt after recovery JpegDigger… 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 paid ways to try to recover or repair your photos. So I’ll be… Read More »

Recent changes to JPEG-Repair Toolkit

Changes to JPEG- Repair from version 2 > I feel quite confident in saying, that IF a file is repairable (so, contains JPEG data + we have reference header), JPEG-Repair Toolkit can help you do it. So if you need to fix corrupted photos, you may want to give it a try. 2.5.91: Most work… Read More »

Software review: Stellar Repair for Photo

Stellar JPEG repair is now Stellar Repair for Photo I noticed Stellar renamed their photo repair tool from ‘Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair’ to ‘Stellar Repair for Photo’. ‘Photo Repair’ suggests that rather than being limited to repairing JPEG, it also supports other digital photo formats. I visited their website and downloaded the new version. This… Read More »

Recovered photos are corrupt – Won’t open

Recovered photos are corrupt and won’t open after you tried to recover them using undelete, file recovery of photo recovery software? Here’s a few things to try. 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… 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 RAF photos

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

How to recover data from corrupted PEF photos

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