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.
Here are 6 data recovery software for damaged image files, some performed better than the other, while some failed miserably.
Free to try (Limited functionality); $39.00 to buy
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.
↓ 02 – File Repair (Free Photo Repair)
100% free; Freeware
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
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
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.
↓ 05 – JPEG Recovery Pro
Free to try (15-day trial); $49.95 to buy
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
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.