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Windows 7: Corrupt MP4 video after external hard drive transfer

24 May 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Corrupt MP4 video after external hard drive transfer

Hi, I transferred some videos (MP4) from my laptop to my external hard drive.
The problem is, I accidentally made the USB cable move a tiny bit,
causing the external hard drive to disconnect part way through the transfer
of one of the videos.
I moved the videos rather than copied/pasted.
I suspect both my laptop and external drives have fragmentation to some extent which
probably makes the situation worse since PROBABLY the video file has been torn to shreds, part of it
in the external, part in the laptop.

I've tried Piriform's Recuva software but either way with the external or laptop
drives, the video is recovered BUT stops playing part way through.
This is despite the file claiming to be of the full 300mb or so original file size;
yet when I try Grau Gmbh or whatever the software is called, it claims the video file has no content or no video stream
or something like that (can't remember exactly, I'm on my phone and am trying to avoid using the laptop until I know how to recover the video without overwriting any of its data.

So to summarise, I have a corrupt MP4 file that stops playing part way through.

How can I recover the file in its full, non corrupted form?
It's digital bits are probably scattered but surely there must be a way?
Perhaps additional Recuva settings? Will deep scan do anything?
It says it will take 24 hours to deep scan....

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25 May 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I don't see much else other than restore previous version of the folder the video file was in before the move :/
Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders
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25 May 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi, thanks for the welcome.
In panic, I had already tried doing that with the video file but it said
something like there are no previous versions!
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25 May 2015   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea that's a typical message unfortunately
The only real solution is system images with a third party recovery program
Windows backup has never really been any good and that is what previous version uses,

The other solution is specialized recovery and it's not cheap
Best to search and find the video file if it was obtained that way or lessen learned to not use Move to in the future = hard knocks learning is the worst way to learn something though but it does sink in faster
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25 May 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I thought a move resulted in a copy first and delete only when the transfer is completed (Windows 2k days). Did this change?
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25 May 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

GokAy, I was thinking that too, does anyone know if this has changed?

ThrashZone, what software can fix this mess for me?

When I try to recover the file from the laptop, I get the video to play and stop
part way through. With the external hard drive, the video does not play at all.
It could be the other way round though, don't remember. (Could be that the video
recovered from the laptop couldn't play and that the one recovered from the external HDD
stops playing part way through.)
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 Corrupt MP4 video after external hard drive transfer

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