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How to Repair Damaged BMP Files in 3 Ways

What to do if your BMP file got corrupted or damaged? Is it forever gone? In this article, we will introduce how to repair BMP files when these files were damaged.

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Overview of Corrupted BMP Files

BMP file, also known as Bitmap file, is a raster graphics image file format used to store bitmap digital images. Generally, it is used on Windows systems. It uses a bit-mapped storage format and does not use any other compression except for the optional image depth. Therefore, the BMP file takes up a lot of space. Just like other image files, BMP files got damaged or corrupted sometimes. Now, in the next parts, we will introduce the reason why your BMP files got corrupted and how to repair damaged files.

Repair damaged BMP files

What Causes the Corruption of BMP Files

Here we list some common causes of why your files got corrupted. 

  • Corrupted/broken header of the BMP files
  • Unfinished scan of bitmap files
  • The storage media that the BMP files are stored is infected with viruses
  • Your BMP image is saved in an SD card with a bad sector
  • Outdated drivers

Any one of the above causes could be the reason why you can't open the BMP file normally. But don't panic, here we also prepare the solutions for you to solve the problem. 

3 Ways - How to Repair Damage BMP Files

It is not easy to repair a damaged file, so in this part, we will start with the method that has the highest success rate. Then we will introduce two basic troubleshooting tips. If your BMP files are only slightly damaged, these basic tips might be enough.

Method 1. Repair Damaged BMP Files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is designed for Windows users to recover deleted or lost files. It also supports repairing certain types of files, including jpg/jpeg, png, and BMP images, MP4 and MOV videos, and PDF, Word, and Excel documents. Here are the key features of this tool:

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  • Recover and repair BMP files in 3-clicks.
  • Recover permanently deleted files.
  • Enable users to preview recoverable files.
  • Provide users with the best data protection.

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Now download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the step below to see how to repair and recover damaged BMP files.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software. Select a hard drive that contains broken photos files and click "Scan". 

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select "Pictures" to find your corrupted phots that can be in a variety of formats, JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, and more. Or, you can click "Search files or folders" in the upper right corner to search for files. 

look for damaged photos

Step 3. Double-click on a damaged picture to repair and preview the file. Then, click "Recover" to save images to a different location.

repair and recover photos

Method 2. Convert Damaged BMP Files to Another Format

Sometimes, you can't access your BMP files is not because of If you don't think your BMP files damaged so badly, you can try some basic solutions. The first one is to convert the damaged Bitmap files to another format. Any free online format converter can help you with it. Once you have converted the BMP files to another format. Reopen it to see if you can access the file.

Convert BMP file to other format

Method 3. Use Another Program to Open the BMP Files

If you can't open your files, another basic try is to switch to another program. There is a lot of software that can open BMP files, such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, ACD Systems Canvas, and CorelDRAW, etc.

FAQs About BMP Files

1.What is BMP file?

BMP is a raster graphics image file format. And raster images are created from a grid of individual pixels. All pixels in a raster image have a certain color depth, which is determined by the number of bits per pixel. In a BMP file, each pixel is in its original form, resulting in very high image quality and larger file size.

2.How to open a BMP file?

You can't open the BMP files with ordinary picture processing applications. Here is the software you can use to open BMP files.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ACD Systems Canvas
  • CorelDRAW

3.How to convert BMP to JPG?

To convert BMP files to JPG, a lot of third-party tools can help. For example, Smallpdf is a great online tool that can help you convert images from one format to another. Here's how to convert BMP to JPG in Smallpdf.

Step 1. Open Smallpdf, and enter the image converter.

Step 2. Drag the BMP file to the convert zone, and choose "Create PDF Now".

Step 3. Download the created PDF file.

Step 4. Now repeat the converting process, choose "PDF to JPG" this time.

Step 5. Download the create JPG file.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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