Restoring corrupted jpg and mp4 files

For some reason my camera phone has gone wrong and isn't saving pictures or videos correctly.

I can see the picture files exist - but they don't display. If I open the file in notepad I can see it does have data in it, and in terms of size they are no different to normal files.

Is there any way I can repair these corrupted pictures?

This is true of both jpg and mp4 files.
purplesoupAsked:
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Michael-BestCommented:
"Is there any way I can repair these corrupted pictures?"

Usually not but try some recovery software first.
EaseUs Free JPEG photo recovery
http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/other-recovery-software/free-jpeg-file-recovery-freeware.htm

It is caused by what is called "weak contacts" on the memory card or the camera.
Try cleaning the contacts with a dry cotton tip. do not use any liquids.

I have had the same and have trashed 1 camera and 2 SD cards because of "weak contacts"
It is not worth the risk of continuing to loose photos.

It is possible that the memory card speed is not keeping up with the cameras write speed.

I posted this previously, please read:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Personal_Electronics/Cameras_Camcorders/Q_28415985.html
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MereteCommented:
Are you saving them to internal memory or sd card you can take out and run recovery software on?
Could be the memory card is failing or going bad? Whatever you do donot write anymore or save anything so that you have a better chance of running software such as recover my files.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
PhotoRec Is free and well worth a try.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

Quote from their site ..
PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data,
so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
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Michael-BestCommented:
I only addressed the removable memory card issue, but if the file corruption occurred within the phones built in memory there is very little that can be done.

"my camera phone has gone wrong and isn't saving pictures or videos correctly."

What OS phone?
Some feedback may lead to further suggestions.

If the file corruption occurred within the phones built in memory,  then plug it into your computer and try the suggested recovery programs, if your really lucky you may be able to recover some or all of your files.

If the file corruption occurred within the phones built in memory then you must replace the phone.
If the file corruption occurred within the phones removable flash memory then replace the removable flash memory.

Good Luck
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purplesoupAuthor Commented:
Wow - thanks for all the comments - sorry I haven't been able to reply yesterday - this is a Samsung Mega, I'm keeping the pictures on an SD card, I could switch it back to storing the pictures on the phone memory, might be worth trying.

I did have a lot of pictures stored - all from the current year - I moved them out and saved them in the cloud, and tried some more pictures, some work some don't strangely.

One thing I think I observed - I'll have to check this - when the pictures first take they are ok, but later when I look they are corrupt. I'll have to confirm that, but I thought I noticed it.

If you don't mind I'll leave this open a day or so as I'd like to feedback on the photo recovery software, I'll give it a try later today if I can.

Thanks so much again for all the help!
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
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Michael-BestCommented:
Keep up the feedback for further suggestions.

Regards,
Michael
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purplesoupAuthor Commented:
I've switched to saving on my phone memory instead of the SD card. I took some pictures at lunchtime and they are all fine, no problems. So I think doing that has fixed the immediate problem.

The other suggestion was to make sure the contacts on the SD card were good, so I'll do that later perhaps and test it.

Thanks again for the comments, will try to close the question tomorrow.
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purplesoupAuthor Commented:
Thanks Eirman that looks a very useful article.
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purplesoupAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help - I didn't get round to trying the recovery software last night so I'll just post here when I do to let you know the results. I'll close the question now.
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