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Why Copied Video File Won't Play
So, you are sharing videos of great memories with your friends worldwide, but the downloaded files aren't playing for everyone. Or perhaps you are transferring the video files between devices only to discover they aren't working, after all.
The copy of your video file may not play for many reasons. Corrupted videos can be caused by the following reasons:
- The video wasn't transferred properly because the USB cable was damaged.
- Your internet was unstable and the file didn't download completely.
- Files were transferred between computers or smartphones infected with viruses.
- The video files were saved in a different format instead of the original,
- Devices used for storing videos had bad sectors that caused corruption.
- Videos won't play since the media player you're using doesn't have codecs for running that format.
Quick Fixes When Copied Video Files Don't Play
Knowing why your copied video files aren't playing is good to analyze each possible cause. Start by running the source video.
Is there any issue with it, such as pixelated images, or no sync between audio and video? If the original video is playing OK, go to the next step.
What is the format of the source file and of the copied video that doesn't play? In the case both files don't have the same format, try converting them to the same type, so it can be playable.
Can you open other videos on the device for which the copies were transferred? Sometimes the device is the problem, so they won’t play any kind of video file.
How to Fix a Corrupted Video File When Copied or Moved
You can repair corrupted copied videos that don't play with EaseUS Fixo. This video repair tool can be used to bring back videos that stopped playing, whether they have been corrupted while being transferred or due to malware infection, for example.
Here are the features that make EaseUS Fixo effective for problems with videos:
- Fast and easy to use, with step-by-step guides on the EaseUS website.
- EaseUS Fixo works on most Windows operating systems.
- It can repair damaged videos damaged by editing, converting, transferring, or breaking by a recovery attempt. Also, it allows users to restore videos that have been corrupted by failure on hardware, malware infection, lost batteries, etc.
- With the support of EaseUS Fixo, you can repair corrupted videos from Android, iPhone, Windows, and other devices.
- You can use it to fix most video formats, including 3GP, M4V, FLV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, WMV, SWF, FLV, MP3, NPEG, 3G2, RM/RMVB, etc.
- It's possible to restore broken videos from LG, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, ZTE, and more. It can also recover destroyed video files from pocket cameras, dashboard cameras, USB flash drives, CTTVs, corrupted hard drives, and more.
Step 1. Open Fixo on your local PC. Click "Video Repair" and add the corrupted MP4/MOV/AVI/MKV/3GP/FLV/MKV/WMV video files by clicking "Add Videos".
Step 2. Move the pointer to a video and click the "Repair" button to start the single video repairing process. If you want to repair all the videos, click "Repair All".
Step 3. Wait a few minutes, and the corrupted videos will be repaired. Click the play icon to preview the videos. You can save a single video by clicking the "Save" button next to the play icon. If you want to save all the repaired videos, choose "Save All".
Step 4. If the quick repair fails, you should utilize the advanced repair mode. Click "Advanced Repair" and add a sample video. Choose "Confirm" to ensure.
Step 5. A list of detailed information on corrupted and sample videos will show up. Click "Repair Now" to start the advanced video repair process. When the repair is complete, you can view the videos and click the "Save" button to save the repaired video files to an appropriate destination.
Fix a Corrupted Device Where You Copied Files
Damaged video storage devices can also cause moved or copied videos to fail to play. Here are the methods for fixing a corrupted hard drive, USB drive, or external hard drive.
Method 1. Format the Device That Doesn't Work
The videos you tried to copy may not work due to hardware failure on your device. Backing up and formatting a drive are some of the most effective solutions.
Performing a quick format will fix problems like a corrupt or infected hard drive. Before you format the device, make sure you've backed up your data. When you format your device, all of the files on it will be removed and new empty spaces created. Do the following steps after backing up the drive.
Step 1. In Computer, right-click on the drive you are going to format and choose "Format". Click on the option "Format".
Step 2. Just click "Start" after selecting Quick Format (full formatting takes longer).
Method 2. Run CHKDSK on the USB Flash Drive to Check and Repair Errors
To repair disk errors, Windows has a hard disk utility called CHKDSK. By running the command, bad sectors will be scanned and recovered. Also works with USBs, flash drives, SD cards, CD-ROMs, etc.
Before following the steps below, back up all the data from your device.
It is important to remember that formatting will erase all the data on a hard drive and create free space to recover the drive.
Step 1. Start by opening a command prompt window that is elevated. Find Command Prompt in the Start menu and right-click to "Run as Administrator".
Step 2. Running CHKDSK will scan the drive for errors and repair any that are found. You should type CHKDSK without quotation marks followed by a space and your drive letter (/f /r /x etc.). After that, just press Enter and wait for the scanning to finish.
Share this post to help more people.
You need to know what is the problem if you copied video files to a new device and they stopped working. When the problem is with the device, you might not be able to play another video file using it.
If you are having trouble with the drive, a quick format could be the solution. CHKDSK will also scan and fix any errors on the drive if there aren't any fixed after quick formatting. Back up your data and install antivirus software when you format a device for extra protection.
On the other hand, sometimes the issue is with the video file and not with the device itself. You will need to use a professional program to repair the copied video file that is not playing. If you are worried about this, do not stress out, EaseUS Fixo may help you fix the problem.
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About the Author
Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.