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How to Repair MP3 Files: Quickly Fix Errors in Your MP3 Library


Just like any file on your hard drive, MP3 files can suffer damage which can result in a non-playable song. This can be especially frustrating if the song is a favorite, forms part of an album, or is a recent purchase. The good news is that by using an MP3 repair tool to fix these erroneous files, there's a good chance that your non-functional MP3s will be revived.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Setup – 2 minutes / Repair time – dependant on number of files / system speed.

Here's How:

  1. In order to repair your corrupt MP3 files, you'll need to download and install an MP3 repair program. One of the best free MP3 fixing programs is MP3 Repair Tool which can be downloaded from Softpedia.com.

  2. Run MP3 Repair Tool and use the file browser screen to navigate to the folder where your corrupt MP3 file(s) are.

  3. Even though MP3 Repair Tool creates a copy of each file it works on, its still a good idea to backup your MP3 files before processing them. Select the files you want to fix by clicking the check box next to each file; alternatively, if all the files in the selected folder need to be repaired, then click the Select All button.

  4. Ensure that the check box next to Remove is selected. For the number of frames to process, start with 0. Click the Repair button to process your selection.

  5. Finally, test your repaired MP3 tracks. If you need to trim your MP3 file(s) further to repair them, then increase the number of frames to remove by 1 and then click the Repair button once more. Repeat this step until you have a working file; you may also find the option to remove everything after the last frame of each file cures a corrupt MP3 file -- put a check in this box to enable this option if required.

What You Need

  • MP3 Repair Tool software program
  • MP3 files
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