I, sometime ago, formatted my memory card, and few days later I recovered the data in it. I then copied the recovered data to memory card again. However, I am unable to see many photos in my computer. I thought my Android phone would support this. But my phone also failed to show me those photos.

The images I want to see are of the previous size of the image, when I captured them. E.g. if I captured an image of size 1.2mb, the recovered image is also of the same size.

My phone is running Android 7.0, has 1GB RAM and internal storage of 8GB. The problem is with SD card. When I try to open those pictures I see this:

i recovery my data, and now this what i see, this i screen shot, can't generate thumbnail

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    Include more details to allow the community to help you. What is the app you are using to see the pictures? What is the Android version? Did you update the app? What steps have you tried to solve the problem? Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 21:46
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    How did you recover those images? Can you actually display them on, say, a PC? Sometimes the recovering, especially if done much later than the formatting, can yield to broken files.
    – EnzoR
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 7:13
  • I recovered.. Not only my phone but also in my PC I can't see the photos.. All are blank.. Tell me what I do.. Picture size is ok, picture properties same as previou.. Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 13:34

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Recovering images from a previously formatted media usually means that the images are "carved" from the RAW data by detecting the image headers.

Images that are not stored as one data block (image is fragmented on file-system level) can not be fully recovered using the carving method because the information which blocks belong together was erased by formatting the media. You end up in having image files of the original size but from a certain point on the images just contain garbage data, not the image data.

A good image recovery tool should detect those defect images and let you decide what to do with them. Looks like your software does not work this way and now you have broken images that can't be loaded fully - e.g. for generating the thumbnail.

You may find software that is able to display the remaining parts of the original image, and save it to a new file. But this software has be be able to deal with defect image files and I don't know what Android apps could be used in such a case.

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