5 Tools to Repair Corrupted JPEG Photos and Images

3. File Repair 2.1 (Free)

file repair free

Apart from being the only free tool here, File Repair claims to be able to repair many types of corrupted files, including Office documents, archives, video files, PDF documents, music files, and of course images including JPG files. Make sure to watch out for the adware offered during install.

Image 1: Failed to restore
Image 2: Failed to restore
Image 3: Failed to restore
Image 4: No change to original
Image 5: No change to original

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4. PixRecovery 3 ($49)

pix recovery

PixRecovery is by the same people (OfficeRecovery.com) as the File Repair utility above and can handle JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG or RAW images. Fixed images can also be output to different formats.

Image 1: Image restored
Image 2: Failed to restore
Image 3: Failed to restore
Image 4: No change to original
Image 5: No change to original

PixRecovery has an online service which can attempt repair of your photo and you pay a one time fee of $9.99 for an instant result. There’s also a time delayed option where you can wait around 2 weeks and get the same repaired image for free.

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5. JPEG Recovery Professional ($49.95) Basic ($39.95)

JPEG recovery Pro

JPEG Recovery is available in 2 versions; the basic version offers the standard repair and save interface, the Pro version also includes an editor which applies auto fixes and allows corrupted parts of the image to be removed and multiple undo/redo. Thumbnails can be extracted using the tick box in the window.

Image 1: Image restored
Image 2: Failed to restore
Image 3: Failed to restore
Image 4: Partially repaired
Image 5: Partially repaired

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Corrupted Image Results Summary

Here is a summary table of the results from each software and how it performed when attempting to repair the test image.

Image 1: First 8 bytes zeroed
Image 2: First 32 bytes zeroed
Image 3: First 1KB zeroed
Image 4: 32 bytes zeroed in the middle of the image
Image 5: 1KB zeroed in the middle of the image.

photo recovery results table

We found it a bit disappointing to see the only free tool here couldn’t recover anything whatsoever, even the 8 bytes missing image 1. It’s also a surprise that none of the tools could repair or recover a JPEG with the first 32 bytes or 1KB missing at the head of the file. Quite frustrating to see programs costing up to 100 dollars don’t do anything out of the ordinary. After a bit of testing, we found that the shareware tools can successfully repair an image fully ONLY if the first 20 bytes or less are corrupt. Zero 21 bytes and the image becomes unrecoverable.

JPEG Recovery is worth a special mention because it’s the only application that attempted to repair the files with parts of the image missing in the middle. The result wasn’t perfect but at least it improved the pictures, the other tools did nothing at all.

jpeg recovery repair result

This screenshot above is the result of a repair by JPEG recovery of Image 5 which has 1KB missing in the middle, the 2nd picture in this article is the fully corrupted image.

Although all damaged images will be different and repairs will vary in their success, this test does at least give an idea what sort or corruption you’re likely to recover from and what might be lost forever or need professional repair. As a final note, NEVER pay for photo repair software unless you’ve seen the results you can expect to get from it. Some software is non refundable even if it fails to fix your images.

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