Easy steps to repair JPEG files

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Repair JPEG Files

JPEG is probably one of the most widely used imaging formats and knowing how to repair JPEG files in the event they corrupt will only be helpful. The format is in fact used almost everywhere – right from your digital camera’s memory card to the smartphone and PC hard drives. Even if you haven’t got any damaged or corrupted JPEG files, chances are a faulty memory or even hard drive errors for that matter could have you handling a bad JPEG image. But the fact is that it doesn’t really take much to repair JPEG files. So here are some easy steps that should get you going.

JPEG File Error Message

There will obviously be many of you who would never have faced a corrupted JPEG file issue, so yes how will you know it’s an error. Well, it’s simple. A file that is corrupted throws up an error message revealing its corrupted or simply a blurry photo indicating it isn’t ready for use. Before you get into the hassles of downloading a software or recovery tool, you can try fixing the issue manually. Right click on the image and click on the Rename option. When renaming the file, ensure that the .JPEG extension is maintained. Now try opening the file and it should work.

JPEG Enhancer Screenshot

Image Editor:

A handy image editor like IrfanView which we tried our hands at is essentially a freeware for Windows which works pretty well. Decoding a corrupted JPEG file is what the image editor appears to manage neatly. Simply run the program and go to the ‘File’-> ‘Open’ option in the Menu. Select the location of the JPEG file that needs to be fixed. The file should open correctly and you can then click ‘File’-> ‘Save As’ so that you have a new copy of the file. Remember to opt for the ‘JPG-JPG/JPEG format’ when in the ‘Save As’ window. Preferably, have your fixed file saved with a different name.

IrfanView Screenshot

Image-Recovery Software:

Taking help from an image recovery software like the JPEG Recovery Pro is also a good idea. With the aforementioned software, we could easily repair corrupted JPEG images only to have them restored as required. This particular software works well by combining two JPEG pictures so as to ease the recovery process. Why? Mainly so that the photos are recovered and repaired accurately. Most software tools designed for this purpose offer instructions on locating and repairing a JPEG file. More often than not, you will also be asked about the destination folder so that the file is saved in a secure location.

JPEG Recovery Pro Screenshot

Things to keep in mind:

Many a times the Windows XP explorer reveals a ‘non-broken’ thumbnail image, especially for an EXIF thumbnail even for ‘broken’ JPEG files. It is quite possible that a thumbnail shows through in case a JPEG file is only partly corrupted.

It always helps to stay prepared and backing up your data is just one such activity. Especially if you’re going to be taking help from a data recovery software service, a backup will be handy.

You can even try to download the corrupted file again like suppose it is originally stored on your digital camera then connect it to your PC and hit the yes button when asked if you want to download it again. You can opt to ‘Overwrite’ the previously downloaded file. The same steps can be followed to re-download an image from your email.

In conclusion:

For those who work with images ever so often, a corrupt JPEG image that just doesn’t open even after much effort can be quite annoying. And sometimes something as simple as just shutting all other programs in the course of the download process helps. So you many want to give the above steps a try to repair JPEG files.

2 Comments

  1. Marvin Oppenheim

    Jan 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I tried everthing you suggested and I cannot repair Jpeg file. Any other ideas?

  2. Steve

    Jan 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    You better be joking?!
    -Rename,
    -use a normal programme, like you would do anyway
    -should have made a backup

    Are those your tips? Thank you for wasting my time

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