Fixing corrupted JPG files

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by NL, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. NL

    NL Guest


    My hard disk was making noises so i used Norton Ghost to transfer to another
    drive. Most data was copied ok to new drive when the old drive died bafore
    completing the clone. One directory was copied to new drive ok except that
    some files have zero byte size. The other files had 1.5MB or 750KB in size
    but cannot be read by ACDSEE, Photoshop, Windows etc.

    When i try to open the 1.5MB file , Photoshop says 'Could not complete your
    request because a JPEG marker segment length is too short (the file may be
    truncated or incomplete)'

    Is there a good application that i can use to try to restore these JPG


    NL, Jan 26, 2005
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  2. I would think that you cannot fix what is not there....

    Is the old drive completely dead? If it can at least be seen, I would try
    using "BadCopy" to get the original files.
    Russell Stewart, Jan 26, 2005
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  3. NL

    Ross Guest

    The fact that Ghost uses an "image" of the old drive should give you a clue.

    The "image" you transcribed is just that, an image of the old drive.

    In other words you have a copy of the corrupt data on the new drive and
    nothing will get the old JPEGs back from the corrupt data.

    If the old drive is still working you could try recovering the JPEGs using
    some data recovery software.

    Ross, Jan 27, 2005
  4. There is a utility called DIR which can retrieve a lot of damaged and
    over formatted files. You will need to get the old drive to recover
    them. One method I have found useful for reviving damaged drives
    (temporarily) is to freeze them. This works when the electronics of the
    drive are faulty but if the platter is damaged, kiss goodbye to the files.
    Deciple of EOS, Jan 27, 2005
  5. NL

    Guest Guest

    File recovery techniques aside, I have noticed that some Web browsers
    (Internet Explorer, Mozilla) are fairly tolerant in opening corrupted jpegs,
    (files refused by Photoshop, or by image-viewer programs like Apple OSX
    From there you can do a screen snapshot, and salvage a certain amount of the
    original. This may take several screen shots for a larger file.

    Rather tedious, but viable, if the number of affected files is small.


    Guest, Jan 31, 2005
  6. NL

    Wombat Guest

    I don't know if this will be of any help to you but you can download the
    trial version, it will not let you recover what it finds but at least you
    will know that it will recover your photo's. If so, then you will have to
    purchase a full version.

    I have recovered photo's from CD's that have been corrupted also from CF
    cards and hard discs.
    Have a look here:-
    Wombat, Feb 5, 2005
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