Corrupted WAV file will not play or transfer to computer
I use my Zoom H4 to record an audio podcast, and I spent over two hours last night recording, when the batteries ran out of power and the recorder was forced to shut down.
I replaced the batteries and proceeded to finish recording with a new WAV file, assuming that the H4 had managed to save the original file correctly.
Unfortunately, I discovered after recording that the original WAV file, which is nearly two hours long, is corrupted. Windows reports an error when I try to copy and paste the file to my system via the USB connection ("the file is damaged or corrupted..."), and the Zoom itself will not play back the file (it just skips over it to the next file.
When I look at the size of the file in the Zoom menu, it reports the size of the file correctly in terms of megabytes, but it lists the length in minutes as 0:00 (etc.).
Is there some way I can transfer this corrupted file to my computer so that I can investigate it, and maybe -- just maybe -- recover the file? I'm really hoping to save myself the hassle of re-recording my session.
Re: Corrupted WAV file will not play or transfer to...
after try, try and try again... i have the solution now!
my english is very bad but i will try write good...
ok... i use one file recover (have many softs this type in internet...) i used this: R-Studio
try this and all will be ok!
good luck for yours!
Abimael - Lgm
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Hi. Not sure you still are in need of a solution but since my machine was doing the same thing last night, and I was able to solve it, I thought I'd post anyway.
For my machine, which has a more current OS than yours (mine is 2.20 I believe), I was receiving the same message after transferring material onto the computer. What needed to happen was to reformat the card. If you press "menu", the click on "file" you should have an option to reformat the card. It worked for me and it now works.
Hope that helps!
I am having the same problem with my Zoom-H2. I have 2 2650 mah rechargeables, and the draw is such that 20-30 minutes of record &/or playback kills the batteries. Last night I just turned the power on and did nothing. 5 hours later the batteries were dead...
This isn't a solution. It is a reaffirmation that you aren't crazy!
I did not interrupt my recording. I stopped recording, turned off the recorder, unplugged all the mics, turned on the recorder, listened to the first 10 seconds of the recorded track, turned off the recorder, plugged it into my mac, turned it on in USB mode, attempted to transfer the track file, and the track size is "zero kb." I ejected the recorder, turned it off and back on, and now the track says "err format" and skips to the next track.
This seems like a unique problem, as any "data recovery" software will search for deleted files instead of corrupted files. And even if the file is corrupted I have software that can read the raw wav data. However, the filesize is incorrect and obviously doesn't contain any wav data. Shouldn't it be the actual file size? How can I fix this???
Convert the audio to Mono WAV (16Bit, 44.1KHz). This can be done by using Cubase(Hope you got Cubase LE with Zoom). In an empty project import the audio, then mark the whole track using the Draw tool and then got to File->Export. Here select the above options and export. Import this file into Zoom H4 either by copying directly into the memory card or through connecting the Zoom to computer ( I copy it directly into the memory card's STEREO folder). Now if you import it to any project, it will appear there. You can now use Zoom H4 as a Karaoke device!! Anyway, sad that Zoom H4 doesn't support stereo tracks in the 4Track mode.
Most of the time you have to convert the wav files to another format Such as MP3 or WMP. there are converters available for this purpose online.Google audio converters. Maybe you will find one that you can afford . Or even find freeware.
Don't know if this is the problem in your case ... but here's what I did:
Note: I have Win XP
Previous to attempting connection between laptop and H4 as an audio interface I updated the H4 firmware to ver2.4 and connected to the laptop successfully as a card reader. From the laptop, I could see files I knew were on the H4 card.
... but when I tried connecting in Audio I/O mode, my laptop didn't know what to make of the H4. There was a USB mass storage driver associated with the H4 - I could see this from the "Device Manager". I "uninstalled" the USB driver associated to that "unknown" USB device. I terminated the audio connection on the H4, then reconnected. !!! It was recognized as "USB Audio Device" in the "Sound, video and game controllers" section of the "Device Manager". Before, it was listed under "Universal Serial Bus controllers" as a generic USB device with a yellow warning highlight indicating there was something wrong.
Hope this helps!
try using the power pack instead of batteries. Be sure to remove the batteries before using power pack, you can wreck the machine if you do not remove batteries. NEVER use the H4 on power pack while there is batteries inside.
Hi Guys, I have the same corrupted file, but you can recover it by using the GoldWave software. Just type"Goldwave" in google, follow the link and download the software, install it. From that software open the corrupted file, and then save it as a new copy. ( It will fix the problem when opening the file, where you can see it). They try to play the new saved file, shld be fine. all the best.