Professional grade data recovery software on a budget

Who does not want it, professional grade data recovery software on a budget when you have an immediate need for it? Forget Stellar, forget the Disk Drill and RecoverIt! Although I have been and still am an enthusiastic advocate for ReclaiMe File Recovery, I try to keep an open mind and test other tools regularly.… Read More »

JPEG-Repair, no SOS detected

A common error message that JPEG-Repair reports is ‘no SOS detected’. I have written several posts and made videos to repair JPEG photos in case the Windows photo viewers report errors: The old Windows photo viewer: File appears to be damaged, corrupted or is too large. The new Windows Photos: It looks like we don’t… Read More »

Alternative method for half grey or truncated JPEG photo repair

There are various examples on this website of repairs of half grey or truncated JPEG images. In those cases all image data is actually present, but due to an error or corruption only a part of it is visible. If data is simply missing because for example the file is partially overwritten or cut-off, repair… Read More »

Repair/Recover JPEGs encrypted by ransomware STOP Djvu

This article shows repair of JPEGs that fell victim of ransomware. This particular ransomware only encrypts part of the file. Due to this the JPEG header and some 150 KB of JPEG data are lost. Using a reference file and weeding encrypted data we can repair the photo.

Unknown or invalid JPEG Marker

If you get a Unknown or invalid JPEG Marker this means one of two: The photo viewer or editor encountered a JPEG marker it isn’t familiar with. The JPEG file is corrupt. To rule out cause 1, your photo viewer editor doesn’t recognize a certain JPEG marker, update your software and if that does not help, try… 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 »

Aiseesoft Data Recovery – Short review: Waste of time

Aiseesoft Data Recovery was spammed in https://www.reddit.com/r/datarecovery/, on offer was a free license. So that was a nice opportunity to test the abilities of the software. I paste my comments on the software after subjecting it to a short test, more or less in verbatim. Aiseesoft Data Recovery – short review Okay. As Aiseesoft Data… Read More »

In the wild corrupted photos and their fixes

It is true that these are close to impossible to repair using PhotoShop like editors because it’s the underlying data that is corrupt. It means standard photo restoration techniques fall short as they work with the data that is available. JPEG-Repair is a tool designed to remove the corrupt data.