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Ways to Recover Corrupt MP3 Files?

I run a podcast where I record sessions with other people on Skype using iFreeSkypeRecorder. I've been using this program to store our conversations as mp3 files, and haven't had any issues the past few months until recently.

The files for the later half of the session came out as 0 bytes and cannot be played. I don't want to write them off as lost just yet, though, so I wanted to ask if there are any programs or methods I can try to attempt and recover the audio data. If it is absolutely a lost cause then I'll have to grin and bear it, but if there's any chance whatsoever to recover that data and use it, I'll try anything.

Please help me out if possible.

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  • LD50LD50 Registered User regular
    Are the files listed as zero bytes on disk?

  • hsuhsu Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    Did this mp3 file ever play correctly? Because if it never played properly and was always 0 bytes, it never got recorded.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    If the file ever worked, you can try going to the files properties and seeing if there's anything listed for it in Previous Version that you can restore.

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  • Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
    They were saved at 0 bytes and never worked, so I'm bitterly accepting that they were never recorded properly to begin with. I'll have to accept the loss.

    However, I do want to also use this thread to try and find an alternative in recording Skype sessions. I can't place my trust in iFreeSkypeRecorder after this, and maybe there's a better program that can record the conversations in better quality: the recorder I used would split the stereo channels with my voice on the left, and all other voices on the right. I would then use Audacity to mix the audio track to mono.

    If there's something better out there please let me know.

  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Not sure about Skype as I've never tried it, but if you have access to a Mumble server, the Mumble client has recording built in.
    http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/FAQ/English#Recording

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