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I am trying to copy a 1GB .vob file, and in the middle of copying it says "can't copy the file - retry?"

I can open the file and play it (at least part way). I imagine the file is damaged, is there a way to "fix" it ?

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I don't think you can fix a corrupted file but you can copy it. Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier can recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts of the file were not recoverable in the end.

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HI Mehper, I am using it now. Thank you for the help, if it works I will mark your answer as the solution :) –  Tal Galili Jun 29 '10 at 12:11
    
OK, good luck with it :) –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jun 29 '10 at 12:12
    
Two hours later, and it is still copying (641 read errors from the file) –  Tal Galili Jun 29 '10 at 16:54
    
Maybe you can add a remark about the time needed. It took me almost 7 hours to go through 400kb of bad sectors, and the regular time to copy the 1.2Gb remaining. At the end, it worked very good. –  Ricardo Jan 15 at 12:53
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Awesome tip! Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier just saved the day and hours worth of rebuilding corrupt VM images. –  Lee Richardson Jun 1 at 23:26

Is there any way to "fix" a partially copied file? No.

You could attempt to recopy it.

If the original is damaged, you are more screwed then not. There is a host of data recovery software the that assumes the file was simply erased, not damaged bits.

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I'd like to recommend a tool CBD(Copy Bad Disk) to copy damaged file, although my post may be deleted as a spammer. But it did help me to solve the problem as Tal Galili encountered("Two hours later, and it is still copying"), and I appreciate it.

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