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How to Fix Moved or Copied Video Files Won't Play Efficiently

Sometimes you want to share great memories with your friends but they can not view your files after downloading. Or when you transfer video files between devices, they might not work. Your concern now is what happened. This guide explains issues with devices and videos, plus how to fix copied video files wont play issue for free.

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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 for example? 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 recover copied videos that don't play with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. 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.

Simply download this video repair software, upload your files, and let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard repair the videos.

Here are the features that make EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard effective for problems with videos:

  • Fast and easy to use, with step-by-step guides on the EaseUS website.
  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard works on any supported browser. You don't need to download the software or buy the recovered videos.
  • 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 Data Recovery Wizard, you can repair corrupted videos from Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac devices.
  • You can use RepairVideo to bring back 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. RepairVideo also recovers destroyed video files from pocket cameras, dashboard cameras, USB flash drives, CTTVs, corrupted hard drives, and more.

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Step 1. Add your broken videos

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and click "Add Videos" to add corrupted or damaged videos, such as MP4, MOV, MKV, etc., to the repair list.

Add your broken videos

Step 2. Start repairing damaged videos

Select the damaged video files from the list and click the "Repair" button to start the video repair process.

Start repairing damaged videos

Step 3. Preview and save broken videos

After a few minutes, you can find the damaged videos repaired. Before clicking the Save button, preview the video files to ensure the damaged MP4/MOV/MKV/AVI video repair quality.

Preview and save broken videos

Step 4. Utilize the advanced repair option

If the videos are not repaired successfully after a quick repair, the videos are damaged severely. Move to the "Advance Repair" mode, which utilizes sample video files to increase the video repair rate. To begin, click "Advanced Repair" and then "Add" to select the sample video.

Utilize the advanced repair option

Step 5. Repair the video

The software utilizes advanced technology to scan and analyze the file structure and data of the sample video. Click "Repair Now" to initiate the repair process. Once done, view the repaired video if you wish.

Repair the video

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).

format hard drive

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.

chkdsk command

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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 free data recovery software may help you fix the problem for free, and no installation will be required.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and loves various electronic products.

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