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David Payne
can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 10:19:25 am

Hi all, I have followed some guides online and tried to repair a wav file using a combination of audacity, vlc, virtualdub but I just cant get the waveform to show anything other than maxed out hiss.

I have zipped up and uploaded the wav file in case any of you good folk have a method that is simple and you think you could take on the challenge! I'd be eternally grateful and happy to pay for your time if you think you could repair it...

http://www.rideoutfilms.com/DamagedWAV.zip

Many thanks
David


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Ty Ford
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:05:41 pm

Hello David and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

How did the file become damaged?

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Peter Groom
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:16:09 pm

I cant open it, but i do get this error
Decode error : Invalid RIFF header OxOxOx3

If it came from a zoom, you might try re inserting it back into the same zoom, and seeing if that will play it, then perhaps consolidating it into another file.
Beware tho, you ,ay lose it alltogether?
Peter

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Ty Ford
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:22:36 pm

try making a copy of the file and open that with Wave Agent.

fiddle around a bit and see if you an get it to play.

http://www.sounddevices.com/products/waveagent/

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Ty Ford
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David Payne
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:07:23 pm

sorry gents I should have explained where it came from. It was a recording using a Zoom H1 and when I pushed stop the spinning saving graphic that usually spins for a couple of seconds just never stopped spinning. I've binned the memory card and replaced it but this is the second time in a couple of years that this has happened. The previous file wasn't that important but this one is more important (not crucial but I'd certainly love to get it restored)

I'll give that software a go. If anyone has any luck please let me know! It was 24bit 48khz from memory.

Oh and putting it back in the zoom doesn't work unfortunately..


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Peter Groom
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:34:59 pm

I tend to think then that your only hope is a specialist data recovery place.
It all depends on how important this file is for you, as its not exactly cheap.
I had to get an sxs card data recovered once. Was a few hundred £££ but well worth it in the scheme of things.
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


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David Payne
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:58:27 pm

thanks Peter, it certainly wouldnt be worth that much to me but I find it hard to believe there isn't a commercially available piece of software to fix what is a relatively commmon (in that its happened to me twice) problem with a very common recorder!


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Ty Ford
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 6, 2013 at 8:21:30 pm

David,

Do they have an online forum?

Regards,

Ty Ford
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Bill Davis
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 7, 2013 at 2:57:53 am

I've actually had really good luck recovering files from CF and SD cards (including Zoom SD cards) with standard data recovery software.

I can't remember if I was using Boomeraang, or something else last time. File recovery is a bit of a racket these days IMO. They know that people are coming to their websites because they have a huge problem, so it's common for them to give you a free version that lets you SEE what can be recovered, but then they ask for a totally unreasonable amount if you want to recover the actual files. Usually, there are plenty of free or low cost freeware, or shareware "undelete" programs that work as well, but you have to be more technically oriented to use them.

One of the ones I tried last year was DiskDrill, and Its fine software, but I actively HATE their licensing practices and had to de-install their software because I kept getting constant unwanted sales Pop-ups. I certainly appreciate trial versions of programs, and If they meet my needs, I happily pay for the tools I use. But I simply don't tolerate unwanted adware on my business systems, period.

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Brandon Sanders
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on May 20, 2015 at 9:04:07 pm

I just encountered this very same issue. I found a very simple way to do this. I tried importing the file into every program I have and finally in Izotope rx3 and got the following error msg:

Decode error: Invalide RIFF header:0x0:0x3

I was looking into rewriting the header of the file in a hex code editor, but then i discovered a much easier fix.

If you import the file into Audacity as "Raw Data" it works like a charm. Then you can just reexport the file.

Bam! Easy fix!


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Jamie Harrington
Re: can you repair a damaged .wav file?
on Sep 3, 2015 at 2:53:00 am

Brandon-you just saved me a whole lot of grief with a brand new client. I cannot thank you enough!!!


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