The beautiful music always makes us relaxed and happy, so people enjoy listening to the music now and then. Well, the music files are often kept in computer hard drives, SD cards or CDs/DVDs. They may get lost suddenly due to different reasons, but you shouldn’t panic since you can regain them with a professional recovery tool.
Many users have struggled to recover music files that are significant to them when they find they are lost (by accidental deletion, virus attack or unexpected corruption). But is there a reliable solution for music file recovery?
I bet the answer is negative because I find a lot of people asking how to recover deleted music files from computer. In order to help them out of this dilemma, I decide to introduce MiniTool Power Data Recovery – a piece of powerful music file recovery software.
- In the following part (part 1), I will show you how to recover lost music files with this tool step by step in different cases.
- After that (in part 2), I’ll introduce some common music file formats to help you know more about music files.
- At last (in part 3), I’ll summarize the entire article into a few simple sentences, so people who don’t have time to read or don’t want to read all content and pick out the paragraphs they’re interested in most to read.
Recover Music Files in A Few Simple Steps
In the very beginning, you should store MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your computer local drive or removable disk, and then, install it immediately (please don’t download or install it to the drive in which lost music files were located; otherwise, secondary damage may be brought to result in permanent data loss).
How to Recover Deleted MP3 Files from Memory Card
Bet you’re not unfamiliar with such things, right? Accidental deletion happens frequently; it is one of the major reasons that lead to data loss, according to research. However, the good news is that though data loss problem caused by mistaken deletion happens now and then, it’s not so difficult to solve.
You can recover deleted MP3 files easily if you choose the right tool.
Now, let’s take a closer look at how to recover deleted songs.
Step one: connect your memory card to the computer on which the music files recovery software is installed. After that, run the software to see its main interface.
And then, click on “Removable Disk Drive” from the left side.
Please note that: if you want to recover deleted music files on PC, you just need to run the software and choose “This PC”. Then, the following steps are the same.
Step two: select the memory card you have just connected to the computer (if you forget to connect the card to computer at the beginning, you may connect it now, shift to another option from left side, and then shift back to Removable Disk Drive to refresh). Now, you should press “Scan” button to detect lost music files.
Step three: the scan result will be displayed in the software interface automatically. Now, you ought to browse and check the mp3 music files (or other file types) you desire to recover (checking file one by one and checking the whole folder are both supported).
Step four: now, please click on the “Save” button and choose another drive to save those music files you need. At last, click on the “OK” button to confirm your selection.
When all checked files have been saved successfully, a prompt window will appear in the software window, informing you that you can end the process of recovering mp3 files after accidental deletion.
How to Recover Files after Formatting Hard Disk
In most people’s point of view, disk formatting (high-level format) is a devastating operation to data; some of them even think the data in the formatted drive will all lost forever. But this is actually not the case; the file recovery software introduced here is also able to help people recover lost music files from local drive.
Here’s how to recover files from a formatted hard drive (how to recover music files from formatted memory card is almost the same).
Step one: run the software to go to the main interface automatically. After that, click on “Hard Disk Drive” from the left-hand panel.
Please note that: if you want to finish recovering MP3 files from a formatted memory card, you should firstly connect the card to computer through card reader. Then, run software to start recovery.
Step two: select the partition that contains needed music files (you can click on the Settings button to make the software scan only certain types of music files, for instance, mp3 files).
After that, press the “OK” button in the Scan Settings window to confirm your selection.
Step three: click on the “Scan” button to detect all files in this formatted hard drive and wait for the scan.
Step four: in the last step, you should check the music files you need from the scan result and then press “Save” button to set a safe storage path for them. Finally, click on the “OK” button in the directory settings window to confirm your selection so as to let this MP3 recovery software complete music file recovery for you automatically.
How to Recover Files Deleted by Virus
Computer hard drive or removable device getting attacked by virus is not a rare phenomenon; on the contrary, lots of people are bothered by this problem (especially when important files have been deleted by virus). On this occasion, I recommend you:
- Choose “Hard Disk Drive” to carry out data recovery on a whole disk
- Choose “This PC” to recover music files from a partition.
Here’s how to recover deleted music files after virus invasion (my suggestion is – please don’t hurry to kill virus by using antivirus software or by wiping disk; you should start music file recovery immediately after finding needed files were deleted).
- Run the software and select a proper option from the left side of the main interface you see.
- Select the drive in which needed music files are contained, and then press “Scan” button in the lower right corner to start detecting files in selected drive.
- Wait for the completion of the Check the files you’d like to recover at the end of the scan and then press “Save” button to set a storage location.
Most Common Music File Formats
Format 1: MP3.
MP3 stands for Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer III. In fact, MP3 is an audio coding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression.
The name MP3 comes from the compression method called MPEG Audio Layer3.
Making use of MPEG Audio Layer 3 technology, MP3 compresses music into a small file with a data compression ratio of 1:10 or even 1:12. In other words, MP3 is able to compress music into a small file with little loss of sound quality.
As a result, the small size and high quality of MP3 make it the most popular music format on the internet.
Format 2: WMA.
WMA is the acronym of Windows Media Audio, which is an audio format introduced by Microsoft. WMA achieves a higher compression ratio by reducing data flow but maintaining sound quality at the same time.
Its compression ratio can generally reach 1:18, and the size of the final file in WMA is only half of the corresponding MP3 file. This is very important for devices with a capacity of only 32MB in early times.
Format 3: WAV.
WAV is also known as Waveform Audio File Format (rarely, Audio for Windows) and it is the earliest digital audio format. Since WAV was developed and released by Microsoft, it is widely supported by the Windows platform and corresponding applications.
WAV format supports several compression algorithms, audio bits, sampling frequencies and channels. The biggest drawback of the WAV format is that it is too inconvenient for transmission due to its high demand for storage space.
Format 4: M4A.
M4A is a file extension of MPEG4 standard file; it is encoded with advanced audio coding (AAC) which is a lossy compression. It is mentioned in the MPEG4 standard that the extension of ordinary MPEG4 file is “.mp4”; but since Apple began to use “.m4a” in its iTunes and iPod to distinguish MPEG4 video and audio files, the “.m4a” extension became popular.
At present, almost all programs that give support to MPEG4 audio also give support to M4A file.
Format 5: CD.
CD stands for small laser disc and it is a general term for all CD media formats. You can see a lot of CDs on the current market (such as audio CD, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, photo CD, CD-I and video CD).
Among so many CDs, the most popular one is actually audio CD; it is a standard CD format for storing sound signal tracks, such as music and songs.
Format 6: RealAudio.
As a software system developed by Progressive Networks, RealAudio actually forms a new streaming audio file format. RealAudio is included in RealMedia and it is mainly used for real-time transmission of audio information over low-speed WANs.
The good news is that you can use the amazing data recovery software – MiniTool Power Data Recovery. And I am sure it will satisfy most of your demands for recovering music files like MP3.
The reasons are clear:
- It supports almost all the common music file formats you’ve ever seen.
- You’re able to recover deleted music files, recover data from formatted/lost partition and recover data from CD/DVD as long as you have this file recovery software.
If you want to learn more about music files recovery, check out this article.
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