JPEG Repair Tool Free Download | Repair Corrupted JPEG Files

Cedric Grantham updated on Apr 22, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


JPG/JPEG file corruption may take place for many uncertain reasons. If you need to repair corrupted JPEG files, you can find ways out here. And one of the most effective methods is using a professional JPEG repair tool to fix corrupted/damaged JPEG photos simply.

How can I repair corrupted JPEG files after formatting?

"A few days ago, I formatted my WD external hard drive without a backup. Later, I used a free data recovery tool to restore my important files, including some JPEG photos. Although the photos were recovered, they were corrupted. And I couldn't open or view any of them. Can I repair the damaged JPEG files? How?"

JPEG is a widely used method of lossy compression for digital images, and its the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices. However, JPEG and JPG files corruption is a pervasive problem for many users, which makes the files inaccessible. JPEG files corruption may take place due to various reasons like listed below.  

  • Broken or corrupted header of the JPEG file
  • Corruption in JPEG image data, like the half grey image
  • Viruses or malware attack
  • The storage device has bad sectors, or the file system has corrupted

Apart from the above causes, another case for JPEG corruption is similar to that described in the scenario. You may have accidentally deleted photos or formatted hard drives or memory cards. Even though you have recovered the deleted JPEG files, you can't preview the files, as it has been damaged or corrupted. In these situations, don't worry. There are several ways you can use to repair corrupted JPEG files and make them accessible and viewable. Read on to see details.

How to Repair Corrupted JPEG/JPG Files

In order to repair damaged JPEG files, you can opt for any of the following solutions.

1. Run CHKDSK to Fix Hard Disk Drive

If your hard drive has bad sectors, or its file system has corrupted, you can't access the photos saved on it. In this case, you can use CHKDSK utility to fix the affected disk.

1. Click the Search box, type CMD. Right-click the Command Prompt and choose "Run as administrator".

2. Type E: /f /r /x, hit the Enter. Here you can replace E with your drive letter. 

After the fix, you may view your JPEG photos if the damage is caused by a bad sector or corrupted file system. If not, move to the following solutions. 

repair corrupted JPEG files using CHKDSK

2. Recover Corrupted JPEG from a Backup

When the JPEG or JPG files are damaged, the quickest way to repair them would be restoring from a backup. So you'd better get into the habit of backing up important files regularly in your daily work or life. In this way, if the files are lost or damaged, you can easily recover from the backup file.

You can use a professional schedule backup software for automatic backup if you don't want to do it manually.

3. Use Another Picture Viewer or Convert JPEG to Another Format

If you don't have an available backup, then you can repair corrupted JPEG files by opening the files in different picture viewers or trying to save them in a different format.

When you attempt to open a photo on your Windows 7/8/10, you may get an error message saying that the photo cannot be opened or viewed. The cause of this problem may be that you don’t have a program on your computer to open the JPEG file format. So, you can install a Windows photos viewer to open the JPEG files.

Or another workaround is to convert JPEG to another file format by simply renaming or turning to a free online image converter (

4. Repair Corrupted JPEG Files Using Professional JPG Repair Software

If none of the above methods help you accomplish JPG repair, you still have a chance to get back corrupted JPEG files with a professional photo repair tool. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an efficient utility to repair and restore lost/existing damaged JPEG and JPG files under all corruption scenarios. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

  • Repair corrupted and damaged JPEG or JPG files.
  • Fix multiple broken JPEG files at the same time.
  • Recover thumbnails of severely damaged JPEG files.
  • Repair damaged JPEG files from PC, laptop, external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, etc.
  • Preview the repaired JPEG files after the scan.
  • Save the repaired JPG photos at any location as you need.

Step 1. Select a location.

Choose the correct drive which contains the corrupted photos under "Devices and Drives", which can be a removable disk or a local drive. Click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the corrupted files.

EaseUS data recovery software will run immediately to scan all over the selected drive to find lost and corrupted files as many as possible. The scan time depends on the used drive capacity and its health state. After the completion of the deep scan, you'll go to the repair session as soon as the software detects corruption. 

Wait patiently until the repair ends. Click "Filter" on the top right and choose pictures. This helps you quickly locate all the photo files. 

scan the selected drive for lost videos

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 pictures.

recover videos

EaseUS data recovery software is not only good at the picture and video repair, but also influential in data recovery due to accidental deletion, storage device formatting, partition loss, virus attack, OS crash, hard disk damage, and more. 


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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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