How to Recover OBS Recording Deleted, Crashed and Corrupted

If you have lost OBS recordings by accidental deletion, virus attack, or hard drive format, you can use free OBS recovery software to get the data back. If you want to recover unfinished or corrupted OBS recordings due to power failure, system crash, get help here.

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OBS Recording Recovery Overview

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a free and open-source software suite for recording and live streaming. To start using OBS platform to record the screen, you can download and install it on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Then, you need to complete the screen recording quick start setup.

The most popular OBS video formats are FLV and MP4. When you lost your valuable recordings because of accidental deletion, unexpected crash, or the recordings corrupted, just calm down, and read through the following three methods to recover OBS recording effectively. 

obs recording settings

How to Recover Deleted OBS Recordings with Ease

In the event of your saved OBS recordings being deleted by mistake or storage device format, the best way to recover deleted OBS recordings is using a data recovery tool. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which fully supports to recover lost and deleted videos in almost all video file formats, including .flv and .mp4.

Now, download EaseUS data recovery software and learn the OBS recovery guides.

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Step 1. If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer first. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location where you lost videos. Click "Scan" to scan all lost files.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start scanning all over the selected hard drive for all lost video recordings immediately. When the process finishes, you can click "Filter", and choose "Videos" to quickly find video files.

scan for deleted data

Step 3. Double-click to check and preview lost video recordings before recovery. Then, choose the wanted files and click "Recover" to save the files into another safe location instead of the original drive/device.

Restore lost videos

How to Recover Unfinished OBS Recordings

"Hi, guys. I used OBS to record video files yesterday, but my computer crashed. And I had a not finished record, which is 4GB. Now I want to recover it somehow. I need this record, can anyone help me out how to make the file work?"

We may lose unfinished OBS recordings when encountering a power failure or program/system crash. Can you recover not finished recorded file of OBS? Probably, but it depends on the file output type you're using. OBS recording in mp4 file format is unrecoverable if something happens due to its special container structure. 

If you want to be safe for the next time, you should probably set the output format to .flv and convert it to .mp4 after finishing recording. The .flv files will work even when OBS crashes, as their container structure allows the file to end at any time. Also, you can convert .flv files into .mp4 files without the need to re-encode frame by frame.

How to Recover Corrupted OBS Recordings

What about your OBS recordings are completed without error, but someday you can't open them? Then files are likely corrupted. To open and view the corrupted recording, the data recovery software won't be helpful. Instead, you need to search for some specialized video repair utilities.

There is some renowned file repair software that will assist you in fixing OSB corrupted recording ideally. For example, Stellar video repair software and Youdot video repair.

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