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Posted on Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:16:26 +0100

    The issue of files getting lost or corrupted is a hot topic on many online forums. At some point or the other, you might have lost a file to accidental deletion, corruption or circumstances you can't explain. I myself recall those dark days when i would save my favorite songs on my 256MB MP3 player (256MB of then felt like the 100GB of now) and then for reasons unknown, they would just stop playing and I would have to format my beloved MP3 player then start the music hunt from scratch; tragic! If you have been through a similar or worse experience, then i shall - via this tutorial - explain how to recover corrupted files or lost files so you can say goodbye to such bitter occurences.
What is a corrupted file?
A corrupted file is a computer file that has become unreadable, unusable or inoperable to your computer (be it a laptop / desktop pc, mobile device etc). In other words, your computer can't recognize such a file and thus, tags it as void.
What could cause a file to get corrupt?
Sincerely, there are quite a number of reason why files get corrupted. Common reasons are: how do i know if a file is corrupted ?
File corruption could either be of the detected or undetected type. The detected types are the ones you would usually notice due to error messages while the undetected types are silent (could be dangerous) alterations which still leave the file undamaged. There are some general indicators of a corrupted file: My files just vanished without me deleting them, why?
It is possible they have been accidentally deleted or hidden from you either by a malware or by a user of the computer.
Why do my files keep getting corrupt whenever i try to move them?
This mostly points to an already corrupt or damaged storage device (SD card, USB stick, HDD etc). It is important your repair the storage device ( See: How to fix / repair corrupt memory card, SD card or USB drive ) which you have been attempting to tranfer your files to without success
How do i prevent my files from getting corrupted ?
How do i prevent my files from getting lost ?
The most reliable approach is to frequently backup your files to an external storage device ( SD Card, USB stick, external HDD etc) for easy retrieval in case of data loss. Also, avoid using SHIFT+DEL on your PC, use just DEL instead so that deleted files will be sent to the Recycle bin from which they can easily be restored.
Can corrupt files harm my device?
This would depend on the file in question. If the corrupted file is an important OS file, or a file corrupted by a virus then you might want to have the issue rectified asap because your PC is at risk. If however it is just some media file which got corrupted due to improper handling then its harmless to your PC, you only lose the file.
How can i recover corrupted files / lost files?

Data recovery comes in very handy when you find yourself in such a mess. Here are a few good methods:
How to recover files turned to shortcuts by the recycler virus: The recycler virus is responsible for those times when all your files get replaced by their shortcuts which would all be the same size alongside some other shorcuts like porn, sexy etc. To fix this: How to show hidden files: It is possible that your files have been hidden from view either by another user or a malware. To show hidden files: How to search for a file using its extension: Its possible that the files are still on your computer but their locations have changed. You can search for a file using its extension (last 3 characters after the "." in the file name). To do this: How to recover lost files using data recovery software: Data Recovery Software can help you recover lost files even after they have been deleted and the drive formatted. You can try Icare Data Recovery or TestDisk .
How can i repair corrupted files?
There are a number of approaches you could apply to repair corrupt files. One valuable tool in repairing corrupt OS files is the SFC / SCANNNOW command. to run it: Sometimes, files aren't saved with the correct file extension after download or transfer. For example, a movie file (.avi) might have been saved as .txt. Changing the file extension of such a file could fix the issue. Also, File-repair is a good tool but if it can't repair a file of your choice then it means you need a file-format specific repair tool. You can request for such a tool at our Forum ( Device Clinic and Solutions Zone ) and ensure to state the file type you wish to repair.
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