The beautiful music always makes us relaxed and happy, so people enjoy listening to the music now and then. Well, the music files are often kept in computer hard drives, SD cards or CDs/DVDs. They may get lost suddenly due to different reasons, but you shouldn’t panic since you can regain them with a professional recovery tool.

To put it in a simple way, music refers to an art form which is composed of harmony coming out from musical instruments or human voice with melody and rhythm. Music is able to reflect the real life of human beings. Good music often records the deep emotions of writers and it can also trigger other people’s resonance and infect their emotions. Thus, a music file can be of great importance sometimes.

You must struggle to recover music files that are significant to you when you find they are lost (by accidental deletion, virus attack or unexpected corruption). But do you have a reliable solution for music file recovery?

I bet the answer is negative because I find a lot of people asking how to recover deleted music files from computer. In order to help them out of this dilemma, I decide to introduce MiniTool Power Data Recovery – a piece of powerful music file recovery software.

  • In the following part (part 1), I will show you how to recover lost music files with this tool step by step in different cases.
  • After that (in part 2), I’ll introduce some common music file formats to help you know more about music files.
  • At last (in part 3), I’ll summarize the entire article into a few simple sentences, so people who don’t have time to read or don’t want to read all content and pick out the paragraphs they’re interested in most to read.

Part 1 – Recover Music Files in A Few Simple Steps

In the very beginning, you should store MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your computer local drive or removable disk, and then, install it immediately (please don’t download or install it to the drive in which lost music files were located; otherwise, secondary damage may be brought to result in permanent data loss).

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When this preparation is done, please follow the tutorials given below to carry out music files recovery easily with the help of recommended file recovery software.

How to Recover Deleted MP3 Files from Memory Card

Hey guys. I was wondering if any of you could help me. I was running out of space on my SD card and my phone suggested I deleted some files. In the “Make more Space” program I accidentally deleted a folder in the miscellaneous section that contained a few hundred mp3 files. Is there any way to revert this action? Thank you!– asked by stephen1745 on AndroidCentral Forum

Bet you’re not unfamiliar with such things, right? Accidental deletion happens frequently; it is one of the major reasons that lead to data loss, according to research. However, the good news is that though data loss problem caused by mistaken deletion happens now and then, it’s not so difficult to solve. You can recover deleted MP3 files easily if you choose the right tool.

Now, let’s take a closer look at how to recover deleted songs.

Step one: connect your memory card to the computer on which the music files recovery software is installed. After that, run the software to see its main interface. And then, click on “Removable Disk Drive” from the left side.

click on Removable Disk Drive

Please note that: if you want to recover deleted music files on PC, you just need to run the software and choose “This PC”. Then, the following steps are the same.

Step two: select the memory card you have just connected to the computer (if you forget to connect the card to computer at the beginning, you may connect it now, shift to another option from left side, and then shift back to Removable Disk Drive to refresh). Now, you should press “Scan” button to detect lost music files.

Scan the memory card

Step three: the scan result will be displayed in the software interface automatically. Now, you ought to browse and check the mp3 music files (or other file types) you desire to recover (checking file one by one and checking the whole folder are both supported).

check the mp3 music files

Step four: now, please click on the “Save” button and choose another drive to save those music files you need. At last, click on the “OK” button to confirm your selection.

When all checked files have been saved successfully, a prompt window will appear in the software window, informing you that you can end the process of recovering mp3 files after accidental deletion.

That’s all about how to undelete data from memory card after deletion. This method is also useful when you need to recover data from corrupted memory card.

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How to Recover Files after Formatting Hard Disk

A friend formatted his 120GB IDE HDD that contained mp3’s. Does anyone know of any data recovery tools software that can be used to recover the mp3 files? Thank you.– asked by inquiring on Tom’s Guide

In most people’s point of view, disk formatting (high-level format) is a devastating operation to data; some of them even think the data in the formatted drive will all lost forever. But this is actually not the case; the file recovery software introduced here is also able to help people recover lost music files from local drive.

Click here if you’d like to know about low-level format.

Here’s how to recover files from a formatted hard drive (how to recover music files from formatted memory card is almost the same).

Step one: run the software to go to the main interface automatically. After that, click on “Hard Disk Drive” from the left-hand panel.

click on Hard Disk Drive

Please note that: if you want to finish recovering MP3 files from a formatted memory card, you should firstly connect the card to computer through card reader. Then, run software to start recovery.

Step two: select the partition that contains needed music files (you can click on the Settings button to make the software scan only certain types of music files, for instance, mp3 files).

search for only mp3 file

After that, press the “OK” button in the Scan Settings window to confirm your selection.

Step three: click on the “Scan” button to detect all files in this formatted hard drive and wait for the scan.

wait for the scan

Click here if you’d like to know how to recover files from formatted SD card.

Step four: in the last step, you should check the music files you need from the scan result and then press “Save” button to set a safe storage path for them. Finally, click on the “OK” button in the directory settings window to confirm your selection so as to let this MP3 recovery software complete music file recovery for you automatically.

Warning: If you see a limitations window after you clicked on the “Save” button, it means that you are using the trial edition, which isn’t able to recover any data for you. At this time, you are advised to buy a personal license to break the limit, if you don’t have special needs.

limitations window

How to Recover Files Deleted by Virus

My computer got infected by a virus (probably by a flash drive), a few days back, that has deleted all my media files including music files and video files. The virus also has disabled the task manager, searching option in windows, and REGEDIT. HJT doesn’t show anything suspicious, neither does Symantec antivirus detect anything, but during the full scan, it scans the file autorun.inf, which I cannot find on my PC. I have also reinstalled windows after formatting C: drive (windows drive). But the virus has revamped. The only solution I can think of is formatting the whole HD, but I want to recover my Music and Movies, from this HD, which can be done easily.– asked by hcheetah in TECHSPOT Community

Computer hard drive or removable device getting attacked by virus is not a rare phenomenon; on the contrary, lots of people are bothered by this problem (especially when important files have been deleted by virus). On this occasion, I recommend you:

  • Choose “Hard Disk Drive” to carry out data recovery on a whole disk
  • Choose “This PC” to recover music files from a partition.

Here’s how to recover deleted music files after virus invasion (my suggestion is – please don’t hurry to kill virus by using antivirus software or by wiping disk; you should start music file recovery immediately after finding needed files were deleted).

  1. Run the software and select a proper option from the left side of the main interface you see.
  2. Select the drive in which needed music files are contained, and then press “Scan” button in the lower right corner to start detecting files in selected drive.
  3. Wait for the completion of the Check the files you’d like to recover at the end of the scan and then press “Save” button to set a storage location.

check the files you want to recover

That’s all about how to recover files deleted by virus attack.

Tip: Sometimes, you should suspect that the files you need are only hidden by virus, not really deleted by it. At this time, please read Why Can’t See Files in External Hard Drive & How to Solve part, cause 1 of this post to know how to show hidden files.

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Part 2 – Music File Formats

Format 1: MP3.

MP3 stands for Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer III. In fact, MP3 is an audio coding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. The name MP3 comes from the compression method called MPEG Audio Layer3.


Making use of MPEG Audio Layer 3 technology, MP3 compresses music into a small file with a data compression ratio of 1:10 or even 1:12. In other words, MP3 is able to compress music into a small file with little loss of sound quality. As a result, the small size and high quality of MP3 make it the most popular music format on the internet.

Format 2: WMA.

WMA is the acronym of Windows Media Audio, which is an audio format introduced by Microsoft. WMA achieves a higher compression ratio by reducing data flow but maintaining sound quality at the same time. Its compression ratio can generally reach 1:18, and the size of the final file in WMA is only half of the corresponding MP3 file. This is very important for devices with a capacity of only 32MB in early times.


Format 3: WAV.

WAV is also known as Waveform Audio File Format (rarely, Audio for Windows) and it is the earliest digital audio format. Since WAV was developed and released by Microsoft, it is widely supported by the Windows platform and corresponding applications.


WAV format supports several compression algorithms, audio bits, sampling frequencies and channels. The biggest drawback of the WAV format is that it is too inconvenient for transmission due to its high demand for storage space.

Format 4: M4A.

M4A is a file extension of MPEG4 standard file; it is encoded with advanced audio coding (AAC) which is a lossy compression. It is mentioned in the MPEG4 standard that the extension of ordinary MPEG4 file is “.mp4”; but since Apple began to use “.m4a” in its iTunes and iPod to distinguish MPEG4 video and audio files, the “.m4a” extension became popular. At present, almost all programs that give support to MPEG4 audio also give support to M4A file.


Format 5: CD.

CD stands for small laser disc and it is a general term for all CD media formats. You can see a lot of CDs on the current market (such as audio CD, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, photo CD, CD-I and video CD). Among so many CDs, the most popular one is actually audio CD; it is a standard CD format for storing sound signal tracks, such as music and songs.

Format 6: RealAudio.

As a software system developed by Progressive Networks, RealAudio actually forms a new streaming audio file format. RealAudio is included in RealMedia and it is mainly used for real-time transmission of audio information over low-speed WANs.

Bottom Line

All in all, there’re lots of formats for music files. Regardless of the file format, you will be eager to find a reliable and efficient way to recover music files once they’re lost before you have a chance to make a backup. Besides, I have found a large number of reasons that could result in music file loss, which adds difficulty to file recovery.

Yet, the good news is that you can use the amazing data recovery software – MiniTool Power Data Recovery. And I am sure it will satisfy most of your demands for recovering music files like MP3. The reasons are clear:

  • It supports almost all the common music file formats you’ve ever seen.
  • You’re able to recover deleted music files, recover data from formatted/lost partition and recover data from CD/DVD as long as you have this file recovery software.

So my suggestion is: please take actions immediately after you find an important file is lost.

Recover Music Files FAQ

? How do I restore my music from Google Play?
  1. Navigate to Google Play Music web player.
  2. Click on the Menu option.
  3. Find Trash.
  4. Click Menu again.
  5. Choose Undelete.
  6. Wait for the process to end.
? How do I recover lost iTunes music?
  1. Exit iTunes immediately and properly.
  2. Navigate to the home folder and open it.
  3. Find Music folder and open it.
  4. Find iTunes folder and open it.
  5. Look for the iTunes Music Library.xml file and cut it.
  6. Paste it somewhere else (for example, on your desktop).
  7. Find iTunes Library.itl and delete it.
  8. Open iTunes and go to File menu.
  9. Select Library -> choose Import Playlists… -> select the iTunes Music Library.xml file you have moved.
? How do I recover music deleted from my iPhone library?

You can use the iTunes Backup to recover deleted music from iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and run iTunes on it.
  2. Select your iPhone and click Summary.
  3. Choose Restore Backup.
  4. Select a proper backup and click Restore.
  5. Wait for the restore process to finish.
? Is there a Recycle Bin on my Android phone?
There isn’t a unit like Recycle Bin in Android phone to keep the deleted files. However, a file is not cleared completely when it is deleted; instead, it is still kept in its original spot in the phone’s internal memory. The file will be lost forever only when new data overwrite it.
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