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Old June 23rd, 2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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Zoom H4N recording fails / corrupt file : See Photo

Lately my H4N has created a corrupt file that is not recoverable. It has happened on two different SD cards made by Sandisk SDHC 2. A 4 and a 8 gig card. Anyone else encounter this issue? I always reformat the cards in the H4N before using and it's weird that it happens with about the 4th or 5th audio track I try to record.


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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:12 PM   #2
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Re: Zoom H4N recording fails / corrupt file : See Photo

Never had this issue with the H4n. I also use Sandisk cards, 8 GB, and format them before each new project. Bad memory on the card? I don't know. Could be a strange coincidence with the placement of bad files, which creates the illusion of a pattern?
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Old June 26th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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Re: Zoom H4N recording fails / corrupt file : See Photo

I've had it happen a couple times. In both cases it occurred when the batteries ran out during recording - apparently the data isn't actually written into the file until you hit stop, so anything that interrupts that could result in the file being corrupted like yours.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #4
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I agree with Evan. A lot of unexpected things happen when the H4N runs low on power. Its unlikely to have 2 cards simultaneously go bad.
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