Can't read file header?


Guys, what can you recommend? how to be?

May 22, 17 9:58 am
Non Sequitur

Be is how you are.

May 22, 17 11:18 am

I am afraid the prognosis is not good, given your prior recovery, but here's some thoughts for you...


* For the following items, always work on COPIES, not on your originals *


First of all, try photo recovery software... take a look at Photoshop Recovery Toolbox (how to open recovery photoshop .psd files you can find here ), PixRecovery  and PhotoRescue (for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X). Each of these can deal with corrupted graphics files, and help repair the damaged files. I've had my best success with Photoshop Recovery Toolbox, although sometimes images can be fixed in one of these and not the other. Typically these come with trial versions which will let you know if you will be able to recover any images.

May 22, 17 12:47 pm

You might also try opening the file (even if it comes up black) and re-saving it in tif format. Save it as-is as soon as you open, then exit Photoshop and then re-open the new .tif file. You can also try rotating and saving, etc. Make sure you don't save over your original.

Last, some times the file can be opened in a text editor or a Hex editor, and the data stream altered slightly, allowing them to be opened with a graphics program. However, if there is a lot of information missing from the files, it is impossible to fully recover the files.

Then, open your corrupt file, and look through the file. You're looking for a place where there's an obvious change to the flow of the data. If you can spot it, you might be able to fix it - at least if the damage is obvious, like a erroneous character or blank line introduced into the file.

Not to nag or say "I told you so", but ALWAYS have a backup plan and use it - recovering one lost file, like this, can make it worthwhile.

Hope that helps!) 

May 22, 17 12:49 pm

Thank you all for your advice! The issue has been resolved. I'm appreciative for your responses and help. 

May 22, 17 2:37 pm


The PSD file format is very complex. It starts with a file header containing the meta information of the whole file, followed by several parts containing the actual data. You can find more detailed information about the PSD file format by searching on Google with the keyword “PSD file format”. If the file header containing the meta information is corrupt, or any follow-up parts are damaged or corrupted, then you will not be able to open the file correctly with Photoshop. In such a case, the first step is to try to use the built-in repair or recovery function in the Photoshop, to see if it can repair or recover the corrupt file. If not, then you need to resort to a third-party psd repair tool software to scan the corrupted file and retrieve all recoverable data for you. It is also possible to find a data recovery expert or company to do the task, but in most of the cases, they will also use a third-party tool to do the recovery for you.


The main difference between using the software by yourself and by a third-party service company is:

(1)    The company is familiar with the data recovery industry so he knows which software is the best one. While you need to search and compare the software online by yourself, which is time-consuming.

(2)    The company purchases the software for multiple usages, while you purchase the software for one-time usage only. So normally the service fee may be cheaper than the license fee for the software.

(3)    DIY will keep your data confidential while do the recovery via a company may cause data breach.

If you want to perform a DIY recovery, then you can try DataNumen PSD Repair at:

I have used it in the past and it works well.

Hope this will help. Good Luck!

May 23, 17 11:58 pm

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