How to Fix An Invalid JPEG Image on Windows

Gemma updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Many reasons would lead to an invalid JPEG image while repairing such an image is not easy. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard should be an excellent choice for you to solve the problem. It can fix a corrupted or damaged JPG/JPEG/PNG file by scanning the image folder and proceeding with an automatic repair.

As the most common image formats on the Windows computer, JPG and JPEG have a vast user base. A lot of your family memories and work files might be stored in these two formats. For example, the family gathering photos taken by a digital camera or a scanned copy of your working document will be saved as JPG or JPEG files on your computer. When such an image comes to an invalid one, the first thing that comes out of your mind is why this happens and how to fix it.

In this post, you will get to know why your JPEG images got damaged and some valid methods to open the invalid JPEG images.

Fix Invalid JPEG Images

Part 1. Why Would A JPEG Image Got Invalid?

Many reasons can cause JPEG image damage. Here we list some of the significant possibilities, and you can check if the photo is invalid for the following purposes.

1. Virus Infect

Virus-infected storage can be the leading cause of an invalid image, if your photos are copied from a USB or an SD card, check the status of your storage device. There is another possibility that your JPEG photo itself gets infected with the virus, and you would get an error message when opening the image.

2. Bad Sector on Your Storage Device

The bad sector is also a possible reason that would lead to image damage. If there is a bad sector that exists in your storage device, it can throw JPEG invalid image error. And you need to fix the bad sector on your hard drive.

3. File Extension Change

If you manually change the file extension of a JPEG photo, it may also prevent you from accessing the image.

4. Photos Converting Error

If your JPEG file is converted from a PNG or a HEIC file and something wrong happens during the converting process, it could also be why your JPEG image got invalid.

5. Broken or Corrupt Header of JPEG Image File

Each JPEG file has a title (hexadecimal). When the header is damaged or changed, the data will be damaged or inaccessible.

Part 2. How to Fix An Invalid JPEG Image

No matter your JPEG images got corrupted due to what kind of reason, find a way to fix them is an urgent priority. In the following part, you will see three methods to repair your damaged photos.

Method 1. Fix Invalid JPEG Image with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Repairing corrupted images is not as easy as we thought. If you don't back up your computer files regularly or perform other operations after your images are damaged, you might need to seek help from a third-party tool.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the one that could help you out. It is a professional computer data recovery tool that enables users to recover lost, invalid, and formatted pictures. It supports all kinds of image formats, including JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, SR2, MRW, DCR, WMF, RAW, SWF, SVG, RAF, and DNG, etc.

Now download the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the steps below to see how to repair your invalid JPEG images.

Step 1. Select a location Find the corrupt GIF, JPG, JPEG file location, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the corrupted files Wait until the deep scan completes. Then, you'll go to the repair session as soon as the software detects corruption.

scan the selected drive for lost videos

Click "Filter" on the top right and choose file types. This helps you quickly locate all the files.

Step 3. Recover corrupted images. Double-click on a file lets you preview the file quality. Finally, if there is no problem at all, click "Recover". You should choose a different location to save the recovered GIF/JPG/JPEG files.

recover videos

Method 2. Recover from Backup Files

If you have the habit of regularly backing up files, you could quickly restore the invalid images from your backup files.

Step 1. Go to the destination of your backup files, for example, an external drive or a cloud drive.

Step 2. Search the image you want to recover, copy, or download it to your computer. Now you should be able to open the JPEG image you want successfully.

Method 3. Convert the JPEG Image to Its Origin Format

There's another possibility that you have converted a PNG or a BMP to a JPEG image. If your picture got damaged due to wrong format converting, then it is recommended to turn the picture from JPEG to its origin format. There are many available picture-converting tools you could try online, choose the one you prefer, and convert back the invalid photo to its original form. Then open the image to check.

Here we have listed a few image converters for you to choose.

  • XnConvert

XnConvert is a free cross-platform batch image converter. This tool enables you to massive edit images such as rotate, convert, and compress. 

XnConverter Image Convert Tool

  • CoolUtils Online Image Converter

The best part of CoolUtils is it requires no download, completely works online. You can convert your images to the wanted format in no time. What's more, you can even resize and rotate the image before converting it.

Online Convert Images with CoolUtils

  • Adapter

The Adapter is an easy-to-use converter. Drag and drop your images to the main interface is all you need. You can also bulk-convert images with Adapter, and the conversions will be available instantly.

Convert Images with Adapter

The Bottom Line

That's all about how to fix an invalid JPEG image on your computer. When you got an invalid or a damaged image, you don't need to be panicked. First, try not to have operations that would overwrite your data. Then, try to remember if you have backup files that conclude the damaged picture. If you think you are helpless, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard would be your last resort to help you out. Get the software and repair your photos within minutes.

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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, so 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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