WAV files are substantially larger than MP3 files, and they’re the audio format utilized by Windows for system sounds and alarms. You must replace a system sound with a WAV file if you want to modify it.
Fix corrupt WAV files
There is no file type that is unaffected by corruption. This also applies to WAV files. They can be partially or completely contaminated. If a file is partially corrupted, it may stop playing at a given moment or skip to the next section that isn’t contaminated. You may not be able to play a file at all if it is fully corrupt.
Check file corruption
It’s simple to determine whether or not a file is corrupt.
- Open File Explorer and navigate to the WAV file.
- Right-click the file and select Properties from the context menu.
- Go to the Details tab.
- If the details are empty e.g. not bitrate information, the file is corrupt.
Here are a few options for repairing corrupted WAV files.
1. Export the file
You can repair a corrupt WAV file by adding it to an audio editor and exporting it as a WAV file again. This works if the file’s audio isn’t corrupted but the metadata and headers are. It’s a straightforward repair, so we encourage giving it a shot regardless.
- Download and install Audacity.
- Drag & drop the corrupted WAV file on to the app.
- Play the audio. If it plays, the file can be fixed.
- Once the file’s wavelength loads, go to File>Export.
- Select the WAV format and save the file as a new file.
- Play the newly saved file.
2. Play in VLC player
VLC is more than just a media player. It also has a built-in file format conversion tool and a variety of other features for managing audio and video playing. If you can’t get the WAV file to work, try converting it to another format with VLC player.
Note that file transcoding may cause audio quality to deteriorate.
- Download and install VLC player.
- Open VLC player and on the menu bar go to Media.
- Select Convert/Save.
- Click Add and select the WAV file that you want to repair.
- Click Convert/Save again.
- Click Browse and select the folder you want to save the output file to.
- Enter a file name and select a file extension e.g. MP3 or OGG.
- Click Start.
- Play the newly converted file.
It’s not always possible to repair file corruption. You can always convert the RAW file to WAV if you have it on hand. It will take a lot less time. If you don’t have access to a RAW file, these alternatives are worth a shot.