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CR2 Photo Recovery: How to Recover or Repair CR2 File from SD Card

Can I recover deleted photos from my Canon camera? Especially the CR2 photo files. In this video, we will show you a great CR2 photo recovery tool to recover lost/deleted image files. Also, we've collected solutions to repair damaged RAW files. Join us and retrieve your precious moments.

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Thousands of precious photos are stored on an SD card and each photo might hold a specific memory. What if your image photos get lost or corrupted? How to recover or repair CR2 files from an SD card? That is the article aim to solve in simple steps.

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Reasons for RAW CR2 Photo Loss from Canon Camera
How to Recover Lost/Deleted CR2 Files with CR2 Photo Recovery Software
How to Repair CR2 Files/Fix A Corrupted Raw Image
What is CR2 Photo Files and How to Open CR2 Image
How to Convert CR2 to JPG

Reasons for RAW CR2 Photo Loss from Canon Camera

1. Accidentally deletion

2. Formatted SD Card

3. Virus attack

4. Transfer error between computer and SD card

5. Canon camera low battery

6. .....

See, so many reasons here could cause data loss, data loss can happen easily. Don't panic. Go to the next part and apply the helpful solutions.

How to Recover Lost/Deleted CR2 Files with CR2 Photo Recovery Software

Although we are careful when we save or process images, data loss can still happen due to deletion in an accident from the camera or PC, depleted battery, etc. If you have lost an image on the camera, the wise option is to stop using the camera for avoiding data overwriting on the SD card. To recover your lost files immediately, you can try the two methods here to bring them back.

Apply RAW CR2 Image Recovery Software (High Chance)
Get Data Back via File History (Low Chance)

Apply RAW CR2 Image Recovery Software (High Chance)

When we lost or deleted important data, all of us are going to find the fastest way. There EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is, as a professional data recovery software, it can restore your files as soon as possible.

Take a quick look at supported image file recovery: CR2, CRW (Canon), RAF (Fuji),  RAW, JPG/JPEG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, NEF (Nikon), ORF, SR2 (Sony), MRW (Minolta), DCR, WMF, SWF, SVG, DNG, etc.

What else EaseUS data recovery tool can do for you?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover lost or deleted files, documents, photos, audio, music, emails effectively
  • Recover files from formatted hard drive, emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations
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Download the CR2 file recovery software for free and apply in-depth tutorial:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Find your SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted or lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. After the scanning finishes, choose "Pictures" in the left panel to quickly filter photos. 

filter the lost photos

Step 3. You can preview the pictures you want to recover. Then, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the recovered data.

Recover lost photos

As a shutterbug, we hold thousands of photos in our storage devices. Have you accidentally deleted RAW photos when you want to delete other useless images? If your RAW images get lost, stay on this page, we will show you how to recover RAW photos from an SD card.

Get Data Back via File History (Low Chance)

If you prefer to use the manual way, you can retrieve data from File History. However, the second method needs backup. Return to method 1 if you have not set a backup plan before.

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open Run windows, click OK to start Control Panel.

Step 2. Click File History > Choose to Restore personal files

Step 3. Choose the folder stored CR2 image > Click the green button to restore files to the original location.

restore photo from file history

How to Repair CR2 Files/Fix A Corrupted Raw Image

You can run SFC / scannow to repair corrupted images:

Step 1. Type Command Prompt on the search box and right-click it. Then choose Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type sfc / scannow and press Enter.  

sfc scannow

Read also: Recover Corrupted JPEG Files

What is CR2 Photo Files and How to Open CR2 Image

CR2 is the RAW file extension directly used by Canon camera to store digital images. The RAW file is unprocessed to contain more information than JPG/JPEG, like white balance, bracketing information, color grading, and other metadata. As a replacement of CRW from Canon, CR2 is compatible with Canon 350D, 1D, G9, and 20D models.

How to Open CR2 Photo Files

You can open the files by Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements, IrfanView, and more.

Set IrfanView as an example:

Download IrfanView and click the File tab to open the CR2 image.


How to Convert CR2 to JPG

If you are seeking a file format converter, you can get your answer here. The online converter is easy to use and straight. Moreover, we also find a way to convert files in the Canon camera. Comparing the two ways, the online converter is easier to operate. Check each tutorial and pick the one you like.

Online Converter - CloudConvert and ZAMZAR

Speaking of the online converter, we will recommend two hot ones. CloudConvert can send your files directly to your Google Drive account and Dropbox. And follow the steps to complete the file converter. Both two website contains free and price version, you can go to the website checking it price plan if you have to process many photos.

1 - How to Convert CR2 to JPG with CloudConvert

Select and upload your CR2 files to convert. The page will provide some options to customize your image. Set it up by preference.


2 - Using ZAMZAR to Convert CR2 to JPG

Step 1. Drag or drop the CR2 files from the destination.

Step 2. Choose the JPG format you like.

Step 3. Click Convert to convert your CR2 file.

zamzar cr2 to jpg

Convert RAW Files to JPEG on Camera

Step 1. Switch the camera's power to ON.

Step 2. Press MENU button > Press Q button > Choose triangle icon tab.

Step 3. Turn the dial to choose the three dots tab.

Step 4. Turn the dial to choose RAW image processing > Press SET

Step 5. Turn the dial to select the image > Press SET

Step 6. Process and save the image.

As you can see, converting RAW files to JPEG contains more than 5 steps, you can follow the below steps or check the tutorial written by Canon.

Note: Can't Open CR2 Files?

If you still can not open CR2 files with the tools we talked about, the reasons may be tied to a wrong file extension. Different files type need to be opened by a different opener. Even though several file extension looks similar, the RAW file opener can not open other formats.

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