If try to open a JPEG file with a corrupt header 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.” This message indicates that at least the header of the JPEG is corrupt. If damage is… Read More »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
There are many tools available to recover lost or deleted digital photos from memory cards. Most of them are unable to recover non contiguous or fragmented files. As a result fragmented files recovered by such tools will be corrupt. In such cases JPEG Recovery LAB can help you recover fragmented files. However, recovered files may… Read More »
The other week I received a SD memory card on which chkdsk was automatically run. Chkdsk turned all JPEGs into .CHK files. When Chkdsk removes certain files from the file system, it saves the content of the clusters that belong to the file in .CHK files. They are typically written to a folder called ‘FOUND.000’. As… Read More »
JPEG Repair software from Stellar is the one of the few photo repair tools to fix corrupt or damaged photos, images and picture files, having JPEG file extension. Stellar offers a wide variety of data recovery related software and services. NEW! I now offer an alternative for Stellar: DiskTuna JPEG Repair Software. JPG files can become… Read More »
In this post I will try to explain why most tools fail recovering fragmented digital photos and instead recover corrupt JPEG files. If half the data is missing due to file fragmentation I can not repair the JPEG (see: JPEG Repair Service). It is better to have a tool that can recover fragmented files directly. Why… Read More »