How to Repair Corrupted PNG/JPEG Files

Tracy King updated on Jul 29, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles

Summary

Images get corrupted easily due to misoperations or other unexpected reasons. To bring the images back to normal, you need to repair the corrupted files. We will present to you all the possible ways to recover PNG, JPEG, or other images files. Besides, we also provide you the method to recover lost pictures using the free PNG/JPEG recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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How to Repair Corrupted PNG/JPEG Files
How to Recover Lost Photos

How to Repair Corrupted PNG/JPEG Files

When an image gets corrupted, you may see it show altered colors, gray areas, or it becomes totally undisplayable. When you try to open it with an image editor, you will be prompted that the program cannot open the file. Generally, your PNG or JPEG files may get corrupted in the following situations:

  • An error occurs during the writing or reading of the data
  • You don't allow the system the complete the tasks on your images
  • Your computer has an inconsistent power supply
  • Data stored on a storage medium degrades

If your images files are corrupted, don't worry. You can follow the methods below to repair your PNG, JPEG, and other image formats.

Method 1. Open the PNG/JPEG File with Another Photo Editor

Sometimes, when you can't open an image file, it doesn't necessarily mean that your image is corrupted. It may be caused by the incompatibility between your file format the and the photo editor. Thus, try to open your PNG or JPEG files with alternative software. This is an easy solution you can try first without any hassle.

Method 2. Convert the Image to Another Format

Similarly, you can also convert the image from PNG/JPEG to other common image formats to repair them. There are many image converters online you can use. You can search and apply the one you prefer to fix your corrupted images. Here I recommend you try to make a copy of the corrupted PNG or JPEG files and then convert these copies to have a try.

Method 3. Repair Corrupted PNG/JPEG Files Online

If neither of the two methods above works, you can repair the PNG, JPEG, or images in other formats using online image repair tools.

Option 1. Repair Corrupted Images Using OfficeRecovery

This paid tool will help you repair corrupted image files including PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and RAW files online.

Step 1. Go to visit https://online.officerecovery.com/pixrecovery/ on your computer.

Step 2. Click "Choose File" and then select the corrupted photos.

Step 3. Click "Secure Upload and Repair" to start restoring your photos.

Step 3. When it has completed, click "Get the repaired file". Then you need to buy the tool to get the full results.

Repair Corrupted PNG Files Online

Option 2. Repair Corrupted GIF Files Online Using EZGIF

If the corrupted images are GIF files, you can repair the photos from ezgif.com.

Step 1. Go to visit https://ezgif.com/repair on your computer.

Step 2. Click "Choose File" and select your corrupted GIFs. Then click "Upload"

Step 3. In the new page, choose a repair method and click "Submit".

Step 4. When the repair process is over, click "Save" to download the repaired GIFs to your computer.

Repair corrupted GIF files online

How to Recover Lost Photos

In addition to image corruption, another common image-related issue is image file loss. You may accidentally delete photos from your computer, camera, Android phone, USB flash drive, memory card, and other devices. Or format the device that contains photos. There are common causes of image loss:

  • Deletion: Careless deletion in a computer, storage SD card, USB drive or camera memory card...
  • Shift + Delete: This command is usually used in the computer for permanently deleting files or data
  • Emptying the Recycle Bin: When you delete some files and empty the Recycle Bin, it would permanently delete the items
  • Formatting: Intentionally or unintentionally formatting will erase all the existing files on the storage device
  • Virus attack: unknown virus attack may cause serious data loss issues in devices, PC or even tablets
  • System crash: unexpected system crash or file system errors may cause data loss on your computer or storage device

Like there are ways to repair corrupted images, there are also solutions to recover lost pictures from your computer or external storage device.

Method 1. Restore Image files with Free Data Recovery Software

With the free data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover photos, including PNG, JPEG, GIF, and more, from your computer hard drives or external storage devices. It supports deleted file recovery, formatted data recovery, RAW file recovery, virus attack recovery, and other tough data recovery situations.

To recover lost photos:

Step 1. Choose the exact location under "Hard Disk Drives" if it's a local hard disk or under "External Devices" if it's an external storage device such as a USB hard drive, flash drive or SD card. Then, right-click on the drive/partition and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. During the scan process, whenever you saw the images showing up in the scan results, you can attempt to recover. Nevertheless, it's good to wait until the scan gets over.

scan the device to find image files

Step 3. Since it's about the recovery for image files only, it's very helpful to choose "Graphics" in the Filter feature so that it displays only image files with file formats such as PNG, JPG, JPEG, TIF, BMP...in the scan results. That's a quick way to wanted files. Select the images and click "Recover".

select images and recover

Method 2. Undelete Recycle Bin Files

This method is for users who happened do delete important image files from there computer hard drives but haven't cleaned or emptied the recycle bin yet. Here you can undelete the recycle bin directly to recover the image files.

Step 1. Open "Recycle Bin" by double-clicking on its icon on the Desktop.

Step 2. Locate and then select whichever file(s) or folder(s) you need to restore.

Step 3. Right-click or double-click on the selection and choose "Restore". 

Step 4. The Recycle Bin will then restore the deleted files to their original locations.

Recover images from Recycle Bin

The Bottom Line

Whether your photos are corrupted or lost, it should remind you of the importance of data backup. If you have backed up your photos, you can directly restore these images when they get corrupted or lost, which will spare you lots of time. However, it you don't have backup files available, you can use the online photo repair tool or photo recovery software to restore your images, be it PNG, JPEG, GIF or other image formats.

 
 

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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.

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