Step-by-Step: How to Repair Corrupt CR2 Photos

Recently, there were queries posted to us regarding corruption and noise in the CR2 image files of Canon cameras. CR2 is a RAW file format of photos supported by Canon. They are high quality uncompressed RAW pictures, which are difficult to repair and restore in case of corruption.

‘I did a project shoot recently with my Canon EOS 1D. All the photos were shot in RAW CR2 file format. On camera all the photos were fine. I transferred them from SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB to my Windows PC. But when I tried to open the files on PC, they were showing corrupt or unreadable. How can I repair my corrupt CR2 pictures? Please help.’  – Mike, Arizona

‘My CR2 files are corrupted. Some do not open at all while some have grey bands over them. I cannot find any tool online that can repair RAW CR2 image files. Can you suggest a method to repair CR2 format pictures?’  – Andre, Sweden

Addressing the issue, here we bring the best and safest method to repair RAW CR2 files taken from any Canon camera and stored in any drive or SD card.

Why CR2 files get corrupt?

Your CR2 files can get corrupt due to many reasons like:

  • Storage media is corrupt
  • PC/Mac has virus
  • Improper insertion or removal of SD card from camera/card reader/computer
  • Sudden shutdown of computer during transfer of CR2 files

How to repair corrupt CR2 image files?

Irrespective of the reason for corruption, if the data of your RAW image file is intact, Stellar Repair for Photo is the best repair solution.

The software is especially developed to fix any kind of errors and corruptions in the high quality RAW files of the cameras. Saving you from the situation of photo loss, it restores CR2 files in JPEG format.

It can repair pictures stored in a hard disk of computer, memory card, SD card, SDXC, memory stick etc.

Equally beneficial for professionals and novice, the software is easy-to-use and provides preview of repaired pictures before saving them. It is available for both Windows and Mac system.

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Steps to repair CR2 files by using Stellar Repair for Photo

  1. Run Stellar Repair for Photo software on your PC.
  2. On the main user interface, Click Add FileRepair CR2 Files - Stellar Repair for Photo
  3. Add File dialog appears. Choose the location from where you want to select the CR2 file. Click Open.
  4. It will display the selected files. In the list, check photos that need repair. Click Repair to start the process.Add CR2 Files on Stellar Repair for Photo
  5. Once the repairing process is complete, the repaired files dialog box gets displayed. Click To Preview the file before saving, select it and watch it in Preview window.
  6. Click Save Repaired Files. ‘Select Folder‘ dialog box is displayed to select location to save the photos at your desired location.See the Preview of Repair  CR2 Files - Stellar Repair for Photo

Have you tried these hacks to repair corrupt CR2 files?

Try these simple hacks to fix minor corruptions in your CR2 image files.

  1. Update the software you are using to open CR2 file

If you are unable to open the Canon camera RAW files in any software like Adobe Photoshop, IrfanView, Lightroom etc., ensure it is updated. If not, update it and then open the pictures in it.

  1. Open CR2 files in different program

If CR2 files do not open in one program, try a different software. For instance, if you are opening in Adobe Photoshop, change to Lightroom or Canon Raw Image Viewer.

  1. Convert CR2 to another file format

If the CR2 files are not opening and giving some error, try converting them to another RAW format like ARW or DNG etc. You can also convert CR2 to JPEG file. There are many free RAW file converter tools available online.

  1. Reduce noise in CR2 files in Image Editors

Image editors like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom can fix grainy, blurry, broken or pixelated CR2 pictures. Although you may not be able to completely remove noise from CR2 images, but the images can be edited to acceptable form. For efficient repair to fix any kind of CR2 file corruption, it is advisable to use Stellar Repair for Photo.

To Sum Up

Stellar Repair for Photo ensures you get back your precious photographs taken in CR2 format. Irrespective of the Canon camera model or SD card you are using, Stellar Repair for Photo fixes all kinds of corruptions and noise in the photos. Even if your files are severely corrupt, the software manages to extract thumbnails from the CR2 images.

Developed by the makers of award-winning data recovery and repair products, Stellar Repair for Photo never fails to get the desired results with its advanced repair skills.

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