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kwdelre
post Jan 6 2013, 01:20
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Hello everyone,

I really need some help here. I recorded a meeting using a MemoQ Pen Recorder MQ-94. It records in MP3 format and has worked in the past. Well, after the meeting I went to download it from the flash drive and the file will not playback on anything. (I've tried all I can on both windos and Mac) The file itself appears to have recorded because it is a 17 mb file, so I know it wrote something. There is clearly an issue with the recorder itself since it used to work fine, but what I need to do is try to recover this file.

When attempting to open the file on a Mac it does nothing. On windows it gives me a general playback error as if it didn't recognize the codec.
The only program I was able to get the file to even open in was Audacity. In Audacity the file appears as a 1.5 sec clip and when I play it, it sounds like the entire hour long meeting in a second.

I tried two programs to repair the file without any luck. (All Media Fixer, and MP3 Repair Tool)

I can't figure out anything else to try at this point to recover this file. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-Will
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mjb2006
post Jan 9 2013, 14:01
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Get xvi32 (free binary editor) and open the file in it, maybe stretch the window a bit to show more data, then send us a screenshot so we can see the bytes at the beginning of the file. To get the screenshot in Windows Vista and up, look in the Start Menu for the Snipping Tool, under Accessories (and drag it to your taskbar, as it comes in quite handy). It will let you click-drag a box over what you want to copy, then give you the option to save as a PNG. Upload the PNG to ImageShack or any other image sharing service and link to it here with the "Insert Image" button (looks like shapes in a picture frame).
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- kwdelre   Please help me salvage recorded MP3 that seems to have been corrupted   Jan 6 2013, 01:20
- - DigitalMan   You could try using the program Foobar2000. Right ...   Jan 6 2013, 04:59
- - splice   ... but remember to make a copy of the file first,...   Jan 6 2013, 11:26
- - DonP   QUOTE (kwdelre @ Jan 5 2013, 19:20) . In ...   Jan 6 2013, 13:50
- - kwdelre   Hi everyone. Thank you very much for the reply. I...   Jan 9 2013, 06:56
- - mjb2006   Get xvi32 (free binary editor) and open the file i...   Jan 9 2013, 14:01
- - kwdelre   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Jan 9 2013, 07:01) Get x...   Jan 10 2013, 01:39
- - mjb2006   xvi32 couldn't open the original? Now that is ...   Jan 10 2013, 03:04
- - kwdelre   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Jan 9 2013, 20:04) xvi32...   Jan 10 2013, 04:20
|- - splice   QUOTE (kwdelre @ Jan 9 2013, 19:20) ... ...   Jan 10 2013, 07:15
- - mjb2006   In xvi32 you can do a search and replace for that ...   Jan 10 2013, 08:49
- - kwdelre   I will get an audio sample ready to post. Wanted ...   Jan 11 2013, 01:38
- - kwdelre   I may not have file upload privileges yet. Or, I s...   Jan 11 2013, 02:00
|- - Dynamic   QUOTE (kwdelre @ Jan 11 2013, 01:00) I ma...   Jan 11 2013, 11:10
- - Aleron Ives   That error means that although the file has the MP...   Jan 11 2013, 02:52
- - mjb2006   nm.   Jan 11 2013, 07:55
- - splice   From looking at the sketchy info online, it looks ...   Jan 11 2013, 13:00
|- - Dynamic   QUOTE (splice @ Jan 11 2013, 12:00) Does ...   Jan 11 2013, 14:50
- - kwdelre   Okay, I was able to upload a sample file from the ...   Jan 11 2013, 21:37
|- - splice   QUOTE (kwdelre @ Jan 11 2013, 13:37) Okay...   Jan 12 2013, 00:39
- - mjb2006   Turns out the first byte in each frame header vari...   Jan 12 2013, 01:56
- - kwdelre   QUOTE (splice @ Jan 11 2013, 17:39) Aha.....   Jan 12 2013, 04:11
- - kwdelre   I am beyond words right now. I cannot thank you al...   Jan 12 2013, 04:52
- - mjb2006   Still, I think your pen is broken   Jan 12 2013, 11:19
- - kwdelre   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Jan 12 2013, 04:19) Stil...   Jan 12 2013, 20:37


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