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I recently tried to download a track I recorded on my MiniDisc player to my computer, so that I could convert/edit it in .wav/.mp3 later on. This .oma file contained an interview I had conducted for my site. I had recently taken the file out of its group in order to make it standalone. Whether I absentmindedly deleted the track or SoundStage 4.3 doesn't recognize it anymore, I no longer have access to the interview.

I know this has been asked many times before on this forum, but is it possible to recover deleted files in some way? The interview was recorded on a JVC MD74 disc (i.e., standard 80-min. disc), in HiMD mode, Hi-LP. The MiniDisc is a MZ-NH700. I'm most likely SOL here, although QHiMDTransfer on Windows XP recognizes fifteen files that aren't listed in the SoundStage program. I can't transfer these "phantom" files from QHiMDTransfer to my hard drive due to DRM restrictions, obviously.

I realize I should make the MD disc itself read-only (i.e., flip the tab) before I transfer an .oma track to my computer. I'm usually diligent in backing things up/transferring things created by my MiniDisc player to my computer, having owned the MiniDisc player since at least 2007. At the very least, is there a way to get around DRM restrictions with QHiMDTransfer? Perhaps I need to install QHiMDTransfer on Linux, since the Windows version is fairly useless to me right now. I think the deleted files still exist, as QHiMDTransfer still recognizes them. I should point out that my install of QHiMD is version 0.0.1, so I no doubt need to update the program :superstition:

EDIT: I recognize what those fifteen files are now. They're files I recorded prior to the interview, but never archived. The interview is most likely gone. For the record, those fifteen files are backups of my record collection.

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Though it is not mentioned in the manual I don't think you should ever try to remove tracks from their groups, or move them between groups, definantly not on the unit itself. There is some kind of advanced copy protection that Sony employs and it can render a disc or even an entire hard drive useless if something is changed.

I've never had this problem since I rarely (if ever) use Atrac3plus. I use standard SP mode which is a far more stable format and which can be recovered fairly easily through TOC cloning or specialist companies.

I think you can send the disc to Sony and pay something like $100 for them to recover the file though. There's no guarantee of success however.

Wish I could do more for you. You should always keep at least two copies of any important digital material.

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I've moved tracks out of and between groups before, in SoundStage and on the unit itself, without problems. I realize there is a risk inherent in moving files, especially in Hi-LP mode.

I usually do keep two copies of digital material, both as an .oma file and as a .mp3 (sometimes a .wav if necessary.) That's what I would have done anyway, once the .oma file was transferred to the hard drive and made a .wav or an .mp3 file through MarC's HiMDRenderer. In addition, I use the SS Backup tool regularly.

The main problem is, I rarely if ever do phone interviews. I don't know how to create an effective failsafe if I lose an interview, that and I'm on a rather tight budget right now. I need to find a relatively affordable option, so this doesn't happen again. What sort of MP3 recorders would one recommend on this forum?

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