[100% Success] Corrupted File Repair and Recovery in 3 Ways

Summary

When your videos, photos or documents are corrupted for some reasons, you should read this post to repair the file corrupt and recover data from the files, even the files on your computer are formatted, dead, crashed, problematic, wiped, damaged, etc.

I receive an Excel file from my colleague. It is well working. When I made some changes and restarted it, the Excel file said it was corrupted and failed to open it. How to repair the problem?
I cut and paste many JPEG photos from my Samsung phone to my computer. They are normal to view on my phone, but after I paste them on my computer, I cannot open them, and the notice pops up that the photos are corrupted. How to repair the corrupted JPEG files?

Have you ever get the error messages:

The file is corrupt and cannot be opened.

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged.

Computer file is organized in a way, so that the program can open and read it. However, corruption always occurs.

When you suffer from the file corrupt error, do not worry, and read the solutions in this post to repair and recover the corrupted file.

Corrupt File Repair and Recovery

Corrupt File Repair and Recovery

Part 1. Top software to repair corrupted file

Repair Toolbox – Comprehensive file repairer

Repair Toolbox isn't a single app but rather a collection of many file repair utilities. It can help you repair Microsoft file (Address Book, Outlook Express, etc.), Microsoft office (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word, etc.), Adobe (PDF file, Photoshop, etc.), Databases (DBF, MySQL, etc.), and others.

Repair Toolbox

Hetman File Repair – Photo fixer

Looking for a tool to repair JPEG or TIFF images? Want a tool that can fix common errors in the file header while rebuilding the internal structures? Hetman File Repair can fix files that are corrupted or incomplete, repairing files that come out damaged after a data recovery session. It lets you retrieve your *.JPEG, *.JPG, *.JPE, and *.JFIF files in lossless mode.

Hetman File Repair

Digital Video Repair – Video file recovery

Digital Video Repair is the video file repairer, which fix broken MP4, MOV & AVI files encoded with Xvid, DivX, MPEG4, 3ivx and Angel Potion codecs, helping achieve a perfectly smooth viewing experience. It helps you fix fast-forward, frozen, non-destructive video file and re-encode bad segments if required to ensure smooth, uninterrupted playback and full conformance to the original MOV, MP4 & AVI specifications.

Digital Video Repair

Stellar File Repair Toolkit – Document file repair tool

Stellar File Repair Toolkit is a combination of four utilities that each specialize in repairing a different file type: Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and ZIP archives. It helps you fix damaged MS Word (.doc/.docx) files, corrupted MS Excel (.xls/xlsx) files, damaged MS PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx/.pptm) files and crashed ZIP files created in WinZip to meet your working needs.

Stellar File Repair Toolkit

Part 2. Fix corrupted file manually (free but limited)

Apart from the filer repair software mentioned above, you could also repair the file manually according to your computer system settings.

Repair Excel with its auto-repair feature

1 Click File > Open > Select the corrupted workbook.

2Click the arrow next to the Open button, and then click Open and Repair > Repair.

For more ways to repair Excel file, please visit: How to repair Excel corrupt.

Repair Excel

Repair PDF file through installation

If Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC, or the resources they depend on are damaged, you can try its repairing feature.

Open the PDF file, click "Help" > "Repair Installation" to start to repair the PDF reader.

Check more ways here to repair PDF.

Repair PDF Installation

Repair computer file thorough System File Checker

If your computer system is damaged or corrupted, your best bet is to use Windows itself, System File Checker, to repair the problem.

Run an elevated Command Prompt (Click the Windows icon, then type Command Prompt in the search bar, and click it, finally select Admin in the menu), then type the following command:

sfc /scannow

It may take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes to run the full scan and repair depending on your computer hardware.

Part 3. Recover corrupted file

Recover corrupted data (easiest)

Corrupted file recovery is the process that scans the data and extract the files to your computer.

Aiseesoft Data Recovery is the best tool that helps you scan data on your computer.

Now, you can get a quick video tutorial to recover corrupted files from your computer.

In addition, you are able to check the 3 steps below to learn how to save corrupted data.

1Download Data Recovery software

Free download this software to your computer. Install and run it immediately.

2Scan hard drive

In the main interface, you need to pick up the data type and hard disk.

For the file type, you can find image, audio, video, Email, document and others. Check the data types that you want to recover from your hard drive.

For the hard disk drive, just checkmark the drive where you want to restore the files.

If you want to undelete corrupted files from external hard drive, then you need to plug the external hard drive to your computer.

Then click "Scan" to start to scan the hard drive.

Interface

3Recover corrupted files

After the scan result is done, you can find all files are categorized by their types.

Select the data type, and click the folder to see all the files. For viewing the data details, you need to choose and click "Recover" to save the corrupted data to computer.

Recover data

Tips

1. You can perform a "Deep Scan" to scan your corrupted file, when you cannot find the files. However, it will take more time to get the scanning result.

2. You are allowed to view the scanned result by path list.

3. This way is not free, and if you are looking for a free way, just move to the next part.

Undelete corrupted files by restoring the previous point (Wipe out some data)

In life, there is no regret medicine for you, but Window computer gives it to you.

Windows previous versions are the regret medicine to help you find back the file before it is corrupted.

Windows previous versions are either copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup or copies of files and folders, which Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point.

For restoring the files, you just need to make sure you enable "System protection".

Let's check the steps now.

Tip: Restoring system to previous version will lose data, because the changes you made after the version will not be saved.

1Confirm system protection enabled

Go to "Control Panel" > "System and Security" > "System" > "System protection" > Check the hard drive where you lost files is ON or OFF under the option of "Protection Settings".

Enable Backup

If your hard drive backup is OFF, then turn it ON now

Select the hard drive that you want to backup automatically > "Configure" > "Only restore previous versions of files" > select the max usage > OK.

Recover Excep file from OneDrive

If your hard drive backup is ON, then move to the next step to restore system to previous version.

2Navigate system restore point

For Windows XP: Click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore".

For Windows 7 and Vista: Click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore" > "Next".

For Windows 8/8.1/10: Open "Control Panel" > "System"> "System and Security" > "System" > "System protection" > "System Restore..." > "Next".

Open System Restore

3Restore hard drive to previous version

For Windows XP: Select > "Restore my computer to an earlier time" > "Next" to select the restore point > "Next" > "Close" to make the system restore.

For Windows 7 and Vista: Click > "Choose a different restore point" > "Next" > "Finish" > "Yes" > "Close" to start to restore system on Windows 7 and Vista.

For Windows 8/8.1/10: Select the restore point > "Next" > "Finish" to start to do a system restore.

Select the restore point

System restore can be done from Advanced start-up, Safe Mode, etc. Check this post get the details to restore system.

Here the conclusion should be made that, repairing corrupted file on computer can be as easy as you can do. What you need to do is to follow the guide to do it by yourself.

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June 12, 2018 11:00 / Updated by to File Recovery