Photo Repair

How to fix corrupt CR2, NRW, ARW, NEF, SR2, SRF, TIFF, CRW, PEF, ORF, RAF, RW2, DNG, ERF, MRW files – A Step by Step Guide

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    Summary: Pictures hold immense value as works of art, cherished memories, or for professional project. Whether in RAW or JPEG, losing such valuable photos taken with DSLR, Point and Shoot, or digicam due to corruption is a big loss. This post shares some of the most effective ways to repair RAW and JPEG images shot from any camera.

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    Let’s first understand why photos get corrupt, and how is the repair process for JPEG files different from that for camera-specific RAW image files.

    Why does a RAW/JPEG photo get corrupt?

    There can be many reasons for corruption in photos such as—

    • Sudden system crash or power failure during transfer of image files
    • Using a camera SD card that’s low on storage space
    • Trying to capture and save photos when the camera has low battery
    • Virus infection
    • Improper handling of SD card
    • Bad sectors on the storage media
    • Corruption in media due to high humidity and heat

    RAW vs JPEG file format: How to repair corrupt photos?

    DSLR cameras can shoot in both RAW and JPEG formats. RAW file formats are unique to every camera brand. They are uncompressed, high quality, and large images and are not supported by all software. On the other hand, photos captured in JPEG format are smaller in size and can easily open in most of the image editing programs.

    There are several ways you can attempt to repair JPEG photos but rarely any tool can effectively fix corrupt RAW camera files like SR2, SRF, TIFF, CRW, PEF, ORF, RAF, or RW2 etc.

    Yet most of you would love to shoot in RAW as it gives the freedom to enhance the pictures in the editing stage.

    The common RAW files formats of popular camera brands are: Canon (CR2 /CRW), EPSON (ERF), Fujifilm (RAF), Konica Minolta (MRW), Nikon (NEF, NRW), Olympus (ORF), Pentax (PEF), Sony (SR2, ARW, SRF), and Panasonic (RW2).

    Methods to repair corrupt photos

    There are manual ways to fix minor corruptions in JPEG or RAW images that are caused due to incompatible file formats or image codecs. However, a software-based approach is a more effective and secure method for repairing any kind of corruption in the photos, whether JPEG or camera-specific format.

    Plus, a professional software offers a broader set of utility to address photo corruption in terms of support for photo formats, extent of corruption, repair speed, convenience, etc.

    For instance—

    Stellar Repair for Photo is an image repair software that can fix and restore corrupt RAW and JPG images taken from Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, or any other camera.

    The DIY photo repair software is relevant for both professional photographers and home/individual users to fix corrupt image files and restore them in JPEG form.

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    The photo repair tool works on blurry, grainy, and broken images, and also on pictures that have grey bands or tiles over them.

    Interestingly, the photo repair tool extracts thumbnails of severely corrupt photos that are beyond repair, and also shows preview of the repaired files before saving them.

    And it can repair corrupt CR2, NRW, ARW, NEF, SR2, SRF, TIFF, CRW, PEF, ORF, RAF, RW2, DNG, ERF, MxPEG, MRW JPEG/JPG, and Adobe DNG files.

    So, how to use Stellar Repair for Photo software?

    Follow these simple steps:

    Run Stellar Repair for Photo software on your PC.Stellar Photo Repair Mail Interface

    • On the main user interface, click Add File.
    • In the Add File dialog box choose the location from where you want to select the image files. Click Open.

    Stellar Photo Repair Add Files

    • The selected image files are displayed. In the list, check pictures that need repair. Click Repair.

    Stellar Photo Repair Scanning

    • In the repaired files dialog box, click To Preview the file before saving, select and view it in Preview window.
    • Click Save Repaired Files. Select Folder dialog box is displayed. Select location to save the repaired photos at your desired location.

    Manual hacks to repair and fix photo corruption

    1. Reduce noise in photos with Image Editors

    Use image-editing tools like Adobe Photoshop, Picasa, or Lightroom etc. to fix noise in image files. However, unlike the photo repair software these tools cannot fix file system errors, corrupt header or invalid file structure etc. But you can remove and fix grains, blurriness, or pixelation in the images to a limited extent.

    2. Open photos in different program

    Images can open in Gimp, Adobe Photoshop, IrfanView, Lightroom etc. If the photos are not opening in one program, open in another. Also ensure that the software you are using to open the pictures is updated.

    3. Download Microsoft Camera codec pack

    If you are unable to view or save your camera photos in Windows Photo Gallery, probably the default image viewer does not have the supporting image codecs.

    Download Microsoft Camera codec pack, this Microsoft codec pack is free, and allows to view a variety of device-specific file formats on your computer.

    4. Use image file converter

    If the CR2, NRW, ARW, NEF, SR2, SRF files etc. are not opening, try once converting them to another format by using photo file converter tools that are available online.

    To Sum Up

    RAW or JPEG, the photos lost due to file corruption can be addressed with the right software. And Stellar Repair for Photo, being a DIY photo repair tool, makes the task even easier.

    Benefits such as thumbnail extraction, preview before saving, and ability to repair multiple files of same or different format at a time have already made it a popular pick.

    Still not sure? Try out the free demo version to assess the full capabilities of the software.

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    Sumona Chatterjee linkdin

    Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


    1. Hi, I had an issue with Adobe LR Classic CC version 7.5 with FujifilmX-T3 Camera raw 10.5. I try to convert some .raf file format to .dng files. Unfortunately raw images corrupted. I don’t know what I can do? Any help will be appreciated.

      1. Hi Daniel, You need to update the version 8.0 in order to get raw support for the X-T3 or you can try a demo version of our software and see the preview of repaired files.

    2. I had a problem with couple of raw pictures being corrupted due to hard drive crashed. I’m looking the way to fix, after trying your software that can fix and restore my corrupt raw pictures. Thanks a lots!

    3. Thanks for explaining the problem! I had this issue on my CF card and I’m looking the ways to fix some of corrupt jpeg files on my CF card. I used your software to repair my images on that card. It’s work great and repair the images with in a minutes.

    4. Hi Sumona, I had an issue with the raw images when I open the images on Photoshop, I get it by the half and it’s duplicated. I think these images were corrupt. Any help would be appreciated.

      1. Hi Pedro, I suggest you can try our software demo version and see the preview of repaired files.

    5. I had a couple of MRW raw files actually display an error message: “Load error, corrupted or incompatible format”. Is it possible to repair these files with the help of your software? Any help would be appreciated!

      1. Hi Michael, Yes, you can repair these raw images. I suggest you can try our software demo version and see the preview of repair files. Thanks!

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