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I Can't Find My Compressed Dash Camera Files On My Computer

I sent some files to the "compressed folder" and now I can't find or play what I think might be the correct files.

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I sent some files to the "compressed folder" and now I can't find or play what I think might be the correct files. I opened some video files from a recent car accident and sent them from my Micro SD(pulled from my dash camera) card to the compressed folder. Then I wasn't able to find them (I think) when, I try to play these files I get the error "This file isn't playable. That might be because the file type is unsupported, the file extension is incorrect, or the file is corrupt.0xc00d36c4” The files that I think are my missing files I have aren't playing, are in formats "greatsaving" "MPEG-4 Movie (.MP4)”, some of the videos that I didn't compress are playing in the format of "MPEG-4 Movie (.MP4)" I have tried various types of Video Players: Allplayer,AVL, KD player, Windows Media Player, QuickTime. I did use a free recovery software online(I forgot the name and I already deleted the program) that I used recovered my files from the Micro SD card ,after I could find them looking everywhere on my computer. Please help I need to show the officer the video asap.

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A few tips for the future:
1. Video files already are compressed and can't be compressed further. So there is no need at all to copy them to a compressed folder.
2. If your disk space is so tight, that you use compressed folders, it's time for a bigger disk.
3. Always have a backup of important things. It was on that SD card. After you copied to your PC, you had 2 copies (the original and the one on your PC). Then apparently you decided to delete the original, so you only had one, and that - for some reason - doesn't play. Situations like this can happen if you delete the original.

Try VLC Player (free download) on what you have. If that doesn't work either, check the user manual of the dash cam to see what player they recommend. And try that with a new movie first, and then with this unreadable copy.

Another possible reason: it's some fake cheap SD card that says, for example. it's 128 GB, but in fact only is 16. Then you can't copy anything from that missing 112 GB. To check that, copy very large files to it, to fill it near the specified size. Then compare all with the original. Copy back a few and see if they still play.

Post was last edited on February 9, 2018 10:47 AM PST

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You are correct.

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Thanks for the tips.
(1) I definitely shouldn't have sent the files to the compressed folder.
(2) I really don't have anything on my computer other than a few programs and some music files.
(3) I'm not sure if I deleted or tried to transfer them to another folder.

I only had a few files on the Micro SD since I just installed the camera into my car the very night before.

VLC Player,Quicktime,AllPlayer: didn't work, VanTrue(The Dash Cam Company) player won't play the files I recovered. Realplayer said the the folder that holds the files I need are corrupted.

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Unless you deleted that zip-file (that is what a 'compressed folder' is), it should still be there. And if you deleted it, it might be in the recycle bin.

In File Explorer, search for *.zip. It might help finding it to sort the results on creation date.

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I tried..... ;( Thanks.....

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It won't let me play the files from yesterday 2/8/2018, it's treating them like regular files, corrupted or something. I think one of the free data recovery softwares, I downloaded yesterday corrupted my files.

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One other player.

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Always keep VLC Player handy. And get it from Ninite.com (reasons.)

I've used compressed folders for years without problems but then again I also have backups of what I can't lose.

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Yup

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I have seen some carcams produce bad videos.

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So are you sure it was OK at some point?

I've used Windows Compressed Folders since about XP days. never lost a file due to that. While I think the files are gone (no backups) is there anything different about this time? Did the drive run out of space?

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