Microsoft reports that the most common cause of file corruption is a computer being interrupted while attempting to write a file. For example, suppose you have just finished editing a .MOV file and attempt to save the changes. If your computer were to lose power while saving, the file could be corrupted. Fortunately, there are several programs available online that are specifically designed to repair corrupted files.
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Consider GetData's Recover My Files, http://www.recovermyfiles.com/recover-deleted-multimedia.php. This is a general purpose file recovery program that can repair corrupted files and retrieve those unintentionally deleted. The interface requires only that you select MOV from the file type list and provide the location of the corrupted video file. It will then generate a list of files it can attempt to recover.
Consider VirtualLab from developer BinaryBiz, http://www.binarybiz.com/vlab/windows.html. Similar to Recover My Files, VirtualLab is capable or recovering a variety of file formats including MOV. This program is an especially sensible choice if you only need to recover a small file because it comes with a free trial that allows you to restore up to one megabyte of information for free. The fee for further recovery is based on the amount of data.
Download Convar's PC Inspector File Recovery. This program is, admittedly, less streamlined and more difficult to use than the other two programs listed. It is worth giving a chance, however, because it is completely free to both download and use. The extra time it takes to set up the program could be well worth the effort if you do not frequently need to recover corrupt files.
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