I had an old, broken hard disk containing a lot of JPEG files.

I took that hard to an information recovery company.

The company was able to extract part of the files well, But there are many others files that look like this...

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Is it possible to repair these files? The file size is the same as before, and it even shows the image information (camera used, resolution....etc.).

  • $\begingroup$ Clearly, the file header is not damaged and the first data rows are present. I am afraid that the rest of the blocks is forever lost. Can you have a look at the file with a binary editor ? $\endgroup$
    – user1703
    Commented Sep 5, 2023 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ I checked on HxD, there is some small parts (one or two) contain 0s. Block of consecutive zeros about 10% of the file then normal data then another block of zeros 5% of the file like this. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 5:32
  • $\begingroup$ As far as I know, the JPEG format includes variable-length data so that recovering after an erased area might not be doable automatically. $\endgroup$
    – user1703
    Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ Consider trying a JPEG tag reader utility (not just metadata). $\endgroup$
    – user1703
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 13:33


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