How to Fix/Recover Corrupted Photos/Pictures Half Greyed Out

Roxanne updated on Sep 16, 2020 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


Here is a step-by-step tutorial to help you to recover pictures that were displaying half grayed out and repair corrupted photos or images. Apply best photo recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost photos first and then use picture repair tool to fix half or full grey/black pictures with ease.

Recover photos half-greyed out.

"I took mange pictures with my camera last week. I created a folder on my computer to transfer the pictures into the folder. Everything works well for the earlier days.

Then some of the pictures disappeared and some of them grayed out. The greyed out photos were half or full blank. Is there any way to recover photos and fix the half grayed out ones?"

Overview of half greyed out photo recovery

Sometimes, you may surprisedly find that your pictures, especially jpeg files saved on the computer, SD card, USB drive or some other devices show up half or full grey/black. Mostly, it occurs because your photos are corrupted. This accident happened now and then to many other users, even causing further photo loss issues.

Why are the pictures greyed out? Here are the main reasons:

  • Unknown errors cause pictures corrupted.
  • Images were not transferred completely or properly.
  • Failed recovery of deleted photos with unreliable data recovery software.
  • Storage devices like hard drive, memory card, digital camera or USB corrupted or contains errors.

Actually, photo recovery is unlike image repair. To repair or recover half greyed images is a little bit difficult. To fully resolve this issue, here you have two ways to try: 

First, download photo recovery software to scan and restore the lost pictures. Then, apply an image repair tool to fix half grayed out photos.

Part 1. Recover lost photos half grayed with photo recovery software 

Applies to recover deleted or disappeared photos, half-greyed out photos restored by unreliable software.

EaseUS data recovery software offers an easy solution to restore recover unlimited photos and files from all data loss cases. Download this utility and try the following guide to recover lost photos and the original image files before they are half grayed out. 

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition or device you want to recover images from and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes and then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the items faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" or search for images via the search bar.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another disk or device to save the recovered images.

Recover lost data

After restoring the photos, check them one by one, save the good ones that used to half-greyed out to another secure location. And saved the bad ones to a folder on your PC. Then move to Part 2 to repair the half or full greyed out pictures.

Part 2. Repair corrupted/half-greyed out photos with image repair tool

Applies to corrupted, half or full greyed out picture repair.

Take EaseUS photo recovery software as a memory recaller, then image repair tool is a broken memory restorer. With a reliable image repair tool, you can bring the half-greyed and even corrupted photos back.

As EaseUS software doesn't produce any image repair tool, so we've collected two recommended tools for you to have a try. Or you can search online to find a desired tool.

  • OfficeRecovery Web Tool

It's an online repair tool that you don't need to download and install it on your PC. Here is the address for you to try:

  • JPEG Repair

Many companies like Stellar, Systools has produced an JPEG image repair software that supports to repair multiple types of pictures. You can go to their websites and download one for help.

If both two solutions fail to recover or repair the half grayed out pictures, you might take your storage devices to a local manual data repair center for help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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