How To: Recover lost music files

Have you accidentally deleted music files from your iPod or MP3 player? Do you need to recover lost MP3, WMA or other types of music downloads?

If your music downloads appear to be lost: don't panic! Unless the medium on which they are stored has been physically damaged, there is a good chance that they can be recovered However, the chances of recovery depend on how many times the disk, memory card or music player have been written to since the files disappeared. If you have filled up your iPod or memory card with new music then your old MP3s will have been overwritten. If not, then don't write to the player, disc or memory card any more until all the options for recovering the data have been exhausted.

Quick summary:

Windows users:

  • To recover music files from memory cards, floppy or hard drives in any circumstances (including accidental deletion) use Music Recovery
  • To recover music files from Apple iPod under Microsoft Windows you may also use Recovery for iPod

Mac users:

  • To recover music files from memory cards, floppy or hard drives, iPods and other portable media players use Photo Recovery for Mac

Choose the correct tool

There are many different data recovery tools on the market, using different recovery techniques. If one product can't recover your pictures, another might be successful. This article will try to avoid wasted time by helping you pick the best tool for the job first time.

Accidental deletion from hard disk

If the music files were on the hard drive of your Windows PC and you know that you deleted them:

Recovering music from an iPod, MP3 player or memory card

If the music files were on your player or a memory card, then the chances of recovery depend on whether the player or memory card have been written to since the files disappeared. The capacity of most music players and memory cards is small, compared to a hard drive, and every file that is copied to them is much more likely to have overwritten what you want to recover.

Music Recovery and Recovery for iPod have a built-in music player and the ability to read MP3 / WMA tags before recovery. This feature is an important time-saver. Some of the files that data recovery tools appear to find may be corrupt. With other general data recovery tools you won't find this out until you have actually recovered them. With Music Recovery and Recovery for iPod you can preview the files to see whether they are intact before you recover them.

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