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'.mp3' files in 'unknown file format'


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#1 FunkyChicka

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:25 PM

Okay. Long story short:

All music kept on external harddrive, dropped harddrive, lost everything, got most data recovered, half the music plays fine, half of it doesn't.

In Windows Media Player, the error message I get when I try to play some of the files: Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.

In iTunes, the file just doesn't appear in the library. I presume these files are corrupt or something?

When I right-click each of the files that don't play and go to properties, the 'tpye of file' is 'MPEG Layer 3 Audio (.mp3)'.

However, I have gotten the error message that they are in 'unknown file format'.

(I can't remember where I got that message).

But I don't understand how they can be 'unknown' when each file claims to be an mp3 file. :thumbsup:

Question:

Is there anything at all I can do to get the music back to normal, and get it playing?

Anything at all?

Please? :flowers:

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#2 Romeo29

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:04 PM

If the file extension is .mp3 then Properties would show it is MPEG Layer 3 type file. But when you play the file most of the media players determine the file type first by checking its content. That is when a corrupt file would give error Unknown type.

If the file data is corrupt then I am afraid there is no way to recover it.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:41 PM

Certain applications will only accept MP3 files that are LAME encoded.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 04 February 2010 - 07:42 PM.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:05 PM

Certain applications will only accept MP3 files that are LAME encoded.

WMP is not one of those applications.

#5 FunkyChicka

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:12 PM

There is no software that can un-corrupt them at all?

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:10 PM

If dropping the hard drive caused physical damage to the recording layer that held portions of those the MP3s, probably not.




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