Windows Photos: It looks like we don’t support this file format

Windows Photos: “It looks like we don’t support this file format.” The first thing you need to check is if other photo viewers can actually open the file. For example try the ‘old’ Windows Photo Viewer or a third party photo viewer. If those fail to open the photo as well, the file may be… Read More »

Wondershare (RecoverIt) gets the boot from majorgeeks.com

Wondershare (RecoverIt), Stellar and DiskDrill unethical(?) marketing. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Wondershare’s RecoverIt. I think it’s a very poor, over hyped tool. And yet you see it pop up it’s ugly face everywhere, despite the fact you can get get superior software for less money. Now, in my opinion… Read More »

AV False positives are a plague, specially those by AI

This post if about the power of big tech companies like Microsoft (I have had similar experiences with Google), and also about the human touch being replaced by AI. About artificial intelligence make decisions, and the failure to provide effective channels to correct mistakes made by AI. I normally never beg for up-votes, shares or… Read More »

My r/datarecovery subreddit FAQ

For over 20 years I have been developing, been involved in development of and supporting data and file recovery software. Some very specific incidents sparked my interest in data recovery and then I wanted to find out how data was stored and lost on and from hard drives. The first tools I wrote were DOS tools… Read More »

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.