Anyone have a utility to recover Corrupted PEF files?

P. J. Alling webstertwentysix at
Tue Oct 6 23:42:54 EDT 2009

Been there done that.  The file recovered has the same read problem.  I 
don't know if it's got the CRC failure because I simply deleted the 
recovery directory when image I wanted to work with failed in the same 
way when trying to open it with the raw converter..  I've got five Ultra 
II extreme cards two 4gb and three 2gb cards, I'm not sure which card 
these came from so this will become a bit of a project...

Graydon wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 06, 2009 at 11:21:20PM -0400, P. J. Alling scripsit:
>> This is absolutely weird.   I can view it in Pentax Photo browser, with  
>> Ifranview or as a thumbnail using the Windows PEF Codec.  I get a CRC  
>> failure when I attempt to copy the files. I haven't seen a file fail  
>> with CRC failure for years.  Especially one that can be read by /any/  
>> program at all.  I've run a file structure and hardware diagnostic on  
>> the drive and there are no reported problems.  So I have data files that  
>> cannot be backed up with the standard copy utility.
> You probably don't have a complete file; all of those viewers are going
> to pull the embedded thumbnail (usually one camera LCD sized, plus one
> full sized), and it comes before the actual raw data in the file.
> Sounds like you've got a bad sector on the card, which is a bad sign for
> the card, and probably means a chunk of the raw data is gone if the copy
> operation fails.
> You might want to run disk recover tools on the card and see what that
> gets you. Flash memory should fail to read-only and the data may still
> be there, and the problem is that the copy operation can't update some
> aspect of the file meta-data.
> -- Graydon
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