Easily Recover Corrupted PGM Files From SD Card

By | January 18, 2019

Hello, I am Steve and I have some old memories captured in PGM files. Those are the original file formats of my photographs which I use to open through other third-party tools. Recently, when I was browsing those photos, I have an error on the screen which was a terrible experience for mine. I found that my system is showing error messages when I tried to open those photos. I have tried so many methods in order to recover those photographs but was unable to do so. Those were the best moments of mine which was saved in.PGM format and if anybody here with an effective technique, then please help me in order to recover those photos. Thanks in advance…

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What is PGM File Format?

PGM files also abbreviated as Portable Gray Map Image contains grayscale image information. These files were developed by Jef Poskanzer and it falls under the category of raster image category. ACD Systems ACDSee 18, ACD System Canvas 15, Adobe Photoshop with plug-in, Corel PaintShop Pro X8, GIMP, Inkscape, Netpbm are the associated programs of PGM files.

Generally, these files can be saved in two kinds of representation, the first one is known as plain and the other one is known as (ASCII) or binary. The PGM file format can’t be opened directly as it needs a third-party tool in order to open these image file formats. The binary PGM contains more than one image and it is not possible for the text-based PGM as it is limited to only one image.

The PGM files include a header which defines the PGM file format. The P2 defines text whereas the P5 denotes the binary. The header of the PGM file formats defines the width, height, and the maximum number of shades.

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How to open PGM files?

PGM files can be opened by using several third-party tools. As these PGM files can’t be opened directly and that’s why there are so many third-party tools which are easily available online and they help in opening the PGM file format in an easy and efficient manner.

For Windows

If you are using Windows Operating Systems, then the following tools will help you in opening those image formats.

  1. File Viewer Plus
  2. Inkscape
  3. Corel Paint Shop Pro 2019
  4. ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
  5. ACD Systems ACDSee 2018
  6. GIMP

The above are some of the beneficial and highly useful tools which are useful in opening the PGM file formats. These tools are easily available on the internet and it can be downloaded and installed in some easy clicks also.

For Mac Systems

If you are using a Mac operating system then you don’t have to worry about. It is because there are so many tools which are available online in order to ease your complex task of opening PGM file format. Below, we have a complete list of those third-party tools which will be quite helpful in opening up the PGM file format in some easy and efficient clicks.

  1. GIMP
  2. Inkscape
  3. Netpbm
  4. Adobe Photoshop with CartaPGM plug-in
  5. Any text editor

The above listed are the third party applications which are easily available online. these tools have a cool interface and one can easily open the PMG format files using these applications.

For Linux Systems

If you are a Linux user, then you don’t have to care about because there are so many tools available on the i8nternet which can help you i9n opening the PGM file formats in an easy and efficient manner. Below we have the complete list of tools which supports the Linux operating systems.

  1. GIMP
  2. Inkscape
  3. Netpbm
  4. Any text editor

These tools are quite user-friendly and have a good user interface which will help the user in opening the KGM file format. One can download these tool s from the internet and open the PGM file formats,

For Android Users

There is also a cool option for the Android users and this tool is also available online and it helps the user in opening the KGM file format. The tool is known as File Viewer For Android.

How PGM Files Gets Corrupted

There are numerous scenarios which lead to the deletion as well the corruption of the PGM files. Below, we have the complete list of those scenarios which are responsible for the lost and corruption of the KGM file formats.

  • Mistaken deletion of the PGM file with the deletion of other files
  • The existence of bad sectors in the memory card will lead to the corruption of photos.
  • Formatting the memory card without checking the content of the card.
  • The header file of the PGM file format gets corrupted or broken.
  • The malware infection is a reason for the deletion as well as the corruption of the files.
  • Unintentional switch off of the camera when the files are getting transferred to the computer.
  • The connection of the SD card to an infected machine may lead to deletion and corruption.
  • The overwriting on the PGM files may lead to corruption as well.
  • A random shutdown leads to data loss.
  • Low battery shutdowns can also be a reason of PGM file corruption/deletion.

How To Recover The Corrupted/Deleted PGM Files? 

There are so many ways by which the corrupted/deleted PGM files can be restored and recovered. This can be done by using the manual as well as automatic methodologies. However, the manual methods are time-consuming, lengthy and complex and it has a very low chance of restoration as well.

However, today we don’t have time to go through a lengthy process in order to recover or restore an image file. Although these methods need a good knowledge of computers and devices. To overcome this complexity, there is a very powerful tool called PGM File Recovery Software which is a very powerful tool and used in recovering PGM files in an easy and efficient manner. The PGM File Recovery Software wipes out all the infections from the SD card in order to safeguard the health of PGM files.

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