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Corrupted WAV file will not play or transfer to computer

Hi,

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.

Thanks very much for any tips or help!

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  • iankath Feb 02, 2009

    I have the identical issue now from an interview I was doing for my podcast that I did on my zoom h4. Later files are fine but not the one that the batteries died on. I'm continuing to investigate a fix. For long recording I will now always insure I have fresh or fully recharged batteries.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Unplugged before turned off. File "invalid File". How do I recover file?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    My zoom files that played ok before now skip while playing, they echo and stick fo a split second during play back.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    my saved zoom files that use to play ok, now skip and echo and stick for a split second during play back.

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Yes!...
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!
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Posted on Apr 07, 2009

  • grandmenteur Apr 07, 2009

    if you dont know use R-Studio, send-me a e-mail and i will post informations in this post.

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