How to Repair a JPG File

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How to Repair a JPG File
JPG also known as JPEG stands for "Joint Photographic Experts Group." (laptop computer image by Photoeyes from

JPG files are used for images on computers. Like any type of computer file, it is possible for JPG files to become corrupt, leaving a user unable to open them. Normally, a user needs to download and install a third-party file repair program in order to fix corrupted JPG files, but there is an option available to the user before he needs to download a program. It involves renaming the corrupted file. If renaming the file does not work, a JPG recovery program is needed after all. Some examples include Davory 2.03, PixRecovery, and JPEG Recovery Pro Editor.

Skill level:


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    Locate the corrupted JPG file and right-click it.

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    Select the "Rename" option from the menu that appears. Rename the file, but keep the "JPG" extension.

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    Try to open the file.

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    Install Davory, but understand that it can be run from a floppy disc or CD. It must not be installed on the same drive as the JPG file, or it risks overwriting them. Save files to a different drive. Davory does not recover a file it finds in place, but saves them to a different drive. According to the official Davory site, this is so "the drive where the loss of data occurred will not be written to."

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    Download PixRecovery, the data it recovers is "saved into a new image in bitmap (.bmp) or original file format according to user's choice." In addition, the program cannot recover progressive JPEG files. PixRecovery is supported on the Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 2003 and 2008 operating systems. It is not supported on the Windows 95, 98 or ME systems.

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    Download and install JPEG Recovery. It comes in a basic and professional edition, with the professional edition having some extra features. The program is designed to detect and remove data that has caused the file to corrupt. The professional edition carries the additional function of removing mingled data that contributes to corrupting the files.

Tips and warnings

  • Review the software programs for download before choosing one to determine which works best with your system. View system requirements on the download sites.

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