6 Software To Repair And Recover Corrupted Jpeg Photos and Images

Updated: May 12, 2019 / Home » Desktop Computer Software » Data Recovery and Backup Software

Before we proceed with this article, do know that there is a difference between “recovering a corrupt memory disc” and “repairing a corrupt Jpeg photo file”. Recovering photos from a damaged SD card is a matter of accessing the files indirectly and duplicate it onto a good disc, while repairing a file means identifying the problem that causes the jpg not viewable and fix it.

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Here are 6 data recovery software for damaged image files, some performed better than the other, while some failed miserably. A Complete Do-It-Yourself photo recovery software for Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows that helps you to recovers lost/deleted photo, audio, and video files from your computer, external Drives, and digital cameras. It also helps you to recover your photos lost due to deletion, corruption or formatting of sd card, hard drives. You can recover your lost or deleted multimedia files from digital cameras, memory cards, laptops, desktops, USB drives, CDs, DVDs or from any other storage media.

↓ 01 – Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair

Free to try (Limited functionality); $39.00 to buy | Mac & Windows

Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair

Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair is a useful JPEG/JPG (or any supported image format) repair software that repairs corrupt or damaged photographs and image files, having JPEG or JPG file extension without modifying their original data. This powerful utility even repairs the images from the memory cards, which are completely unreadable. This is perhaps one of the best image repair software we’ve used, possibly the most advanced too. Highly recommended. Works great on Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Apple’s macOS.

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↓ 02 – File Repair (Update: No Longer Free)

Free Trial

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No serial number or product key, 100% free. File Repair software is a basic tool to repair your corrupted files. It scans the damaged file and extracts maximum data from it to a new usable file. Using File Repair, you can repair:

  • Corrupted Word documents (.doc, .docx, .docm, .rtf)
  • Corrupted Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xla, .xlsx)
  • Corrupted Zip or RAR archives (.zip, .rar)
  • Corrupted videos (.avi, .mp4, .mov, .flv, .wmv, .asf, .mpg)
  • Corrupted JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG or RAW images (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .bmp, .png)
  • Corrupted PDF documents (.pdf)
  • Corrupted Access databases (.mdb, .mde, .accdb, .accde)
  • Corrupted PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pps, .pptx)
  • Corrupted music (.mp3, .wav)

↓ 03 – Comfy File Repair

Free to try (Save-Disabled); $39.95 to buy

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Comfy Repair File restores corrupted JPEG, PNG and TIFF files, unlike PixRecovery with the simple user interface, Comfy comes with a slight complicated program interface. There are 2 methods of recovery, 1 via the wizard that does the guess work, while the other is manual mode where you scan and determine each photo individually.

↓ 04 – PixRecovery

Price: Free to try (Partial recovery, demo mark); $49.00 to buy

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PixRecovery repairs corrupted JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG or RAW images (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .bmp, .png). The recovered data is saved (full version) into a new image in bitmap (.bmp) or original file format according to user’s choice. As shown in the screen shot below, it is a very simple software that does the repairing job. No thousand and one buttons to click, just drag and wait for the recovery process.

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↓ 05 – JPEG Recovery Pro

Free to try (15-day trial); $49.95 to buy

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JPEG Recovery is a handy tool to repair corrupted JPEG picture or photo which is restored by a photo or data recovery software. JPEG Recovery supports combining 2 JPEG pictures for recovery, just in case the original picture was split into 2 files by the photo or data recovery software.

↓ 06 – Pic Doctor (Recover + Repair Photoshop PSD)

Free to try; $99.95 to buy

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Picture Doctor is not just another jpeg repair tool for damaged graphic files. It can recover corrupt JPG and Adobe Photoshop PSD files. Program restores the corrupted graphic files and saves them into BMP format. It also recovers layers data for PSD images and does batch processing. This is one of the better recovery program in the market. Download the demo and activate it with the key emailed to you.

17 comments on “6 Software To Repair And Recover Corrupted Jpeg Photos and Images

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    Nathan [ Reply ]

    useful article,but, for example,File Repair is terribly prog, i used it (and reviews on the web about it negative). And the rest of the progs … $ 39!? lol no thanks. You did not mention Hetman File Repair 1.1. This high-quality software and costs $ 20. MUCH better than the File Repair. Program performs a bit-level analysis of the JPEG/TIFF images. There is rumored to be a more thorough analysis of the file.

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    Nitara J [ Reply ]

    I didn’t try all but tried the first tool. It really worked well.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Glad that it helps. Remember to backup all your files, especially Jpeg Photos to an external hard disk. Keep 1 copy on an external HD and another on your primary workstation.

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      I agree with the Nitara J. Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair software repaired my photos.

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    sundar [ Reply ]

    i used picture doctor, i is very useful program. i recovered files, i shows only thumbnail, but no picture. i tired with picture, it recover all pictures within minutes from 16 GB SDHC.

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    banzee [ Reply ]

    I used Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Platinum edition. Not only it recovered the lost or deleted photos/videos or Audios from storage media even if it is corrupted or formatted, but also repaired/fixed the JPEG files and immediately rectified the file to make it as a new one.

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    Anytime I want to open a picture saved in one of my folders on my phone it shows a blank page instead of the picture and its written unable to open on it what do I do. Please its with my phone

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If you can view it on your computer but not your phone, maybe something is wrong with your phone. reformat the phone.

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    serena [ Reply ]

    The file got corrupted due to virus infection, and as a result, I was not able to access my files properly. Half of the files were coming right and half were like distorted. Then Stellar Phoenix Jpeg Repair Software proved its purpose.

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    File Repair (item 2) is not free.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Thanks for updating us, they used to be free. Sad to see they’ve decided not to offer it as free anymore.

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        kfrantz [ Reply ]

        Freeware version of File Repair is still available on Wayback Machine.

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    Ellinor William [ Reply ]

    Owning to my stupidity, I ended up corrupting most of the pictures in my Pen drive. Searched for a solution, found a few free ones. None of them worked. With a little skeptical mind, I tried Stellar Phoenix JPEG repair. Don’t know about other software but Stellar Phoenix worked for me.

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    Stellar did not work for me – I used 5 different freewares and out of roughly 30 deleted JPEGs, roughly 4 were able to be recovered… the rest were corrupt. I purchased the Platinum version of Stellar’s JPEG repair based on a number of good reviews, hoping that the paid version would be able to recover some more files… I was very disappointed to see only 1 of my files recovered. Even a few of the files that the freeware could recover, couldn’t be recovered by $50 software from Stellar : (
    I guess I don’t get why these files are corrupted, after simply being deleted. And I know recovering files is not an exact science, but it feels a little like false advertising. So buyer beware. I don’t really care about the $50… I would gladly spend another $50 if I could recover these jpegs!!

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    Erick Brenes [ Reply ]

    For the software FILE REPAIR you need to download the version 2.1 to have the free tool. Maybe is not the most updated but it works.

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    Dereth [ Reply ]

    I am an image Editor and I spend day and night in editing photos. Some serious problem occurred one day corrupting all of my JPEG images. Thanks, I had Stellar Phoenix installed. I got out of the mess in no time.

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    I saved all pictures and videos on my Samsung external hard drive. I used to open it on Windows and then the drive was reformatted so I could use it on mac.
    All seemed to be good until I opened the disk again to add more files… all disappeared ….
    I recovered pictures and videos with some softwares but all pictures that were old look corrupted. They are grey out or the picture is broken into different parts like a puzzle. Videos are broken in between, very bad quality.

    Any chance to get all repaired?
    Do you know any services that could do that for me?

    Is there any

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