.M2A File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .M2A file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

M2A File Recovery

What is a .M2A file?

Audio file that has been compressed with MPEG-1 Layer II audio compression; used primarily by video-editing programs; may be exported along with a corresponding .M2V video file; also known as an Apple MPEG-1/2 Audio file.

What Are Common Causes of ".M2A" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".M2A" files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".M2A" files while cleaning up their computer or storage devices, leading to their loss.
  2. File system corruption: If the file system on the storage device gets corrupted, it can cause ".M2A" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  3. Virus or malware infection: If the storage device containing ".M2A" files gets infected by a virus or malware, it can lead to file corruption or deletion.
  4. Hardware failure: Issues with the storage device, such as a hard drive crash or failure, can result in the loss of ".M2A" files.
  5. Software conflicts or errors: Errors or conflicts within the software used to open or manage ".M2A" files can cause them to fail or become unreadable.
  6. Power outages or improper system shutdown: Abrupt power outages or improper system shutdowns can cause data loss or corruption, including ".M2A" files.
  7. File transfer errors: Errors during file transfers, such as interrupted downloads or incomplete file transfers, can result in ".M2A" files being lost or corrupted.
  8. Formatting or partitioning errors: If a storage device is formatted or partitioned incorrectly, it can lead to the loss of ".M2A" files stored on it.
  9. Human error: Accidental overwriting, moving, or renaming of ".M2A" files by users can cause them to be lost or become inaccessible.

It is important to regularly back up important ".M2A" files to prevent permanent loss in case of any of these failures or causes.

How to recover lost ".M2A" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".M2A" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".M2A" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".M2A" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".M2A" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".M2A" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".M2A" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo mPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio File image file file?

Programs that open ".M2A" files

Apple QuickTime Player Apple QuickTime Player
Microsoft Windows Media Player Microsoft Windows Media Player
Media Player Classic Media Player Classic
ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player
Apple QuickTime Player Apple QuickTime Player
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player VideoLAN VLC media player

Additional Information

  • File type: MPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio File

  • File extension: .M2A

  • Developer: N/A

  • Category: Video Files

  • Format: Binary


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of the .M2A file format?

    The .M2A file format is used for storing audio data and is commonly associated with the Melodyne software. Melodyne is a professional audio editing and pitch correction tool. The .M2A format is specific to Melodyne and is used to save the audio analysis data generated by the software. This includes information about the pitch, timing, and other details of the audio file. The .M2A files are used to preserve the edits and adjustments made within Melodyne, allowing users to reopen and modify the audio data at a later time.

  • Which software applications support the .M2A format?

    The .M2A file format is primarily associated with the Adobe Director movie file. Therefore, Adobe Director is the main software application that supports the .M2A format. Adobe Director is a multimedia authoring tool used to create interactive applications, games, and simulations.

  • How can I convert a file from .M2A to a different audio format?

    To convert a file from .M2A to a different audio format, you can use various audio conversion software or online conversion tools. Here's a general step-by-step guide using a popular software called FFmpeg:

    1. Download and install FFmpeg from the official website (https://ffmpeg.org/download.html) based on your operating system.
    2. Open a command prompt or terminal window.
    3. Navigate to the directory where FFmpeg is installed. If it's installed globally, you can skip this step.
    4. Use the following command syntax to convert the .M2A file to your desired audio format (replace "input.m2a" with the name of your .M2A file and "output.format" with the desired output format, e.g., "output.mp3"):


    ffmpeg -i input.m2a output.format


    1. Press Enter to execute the command. FFmpeg will begin converting the file to the specified audio format.
    2. Once the conversion is complete, you will find the converted file in the same directory as the original file.

    Remember to adjust the command based on your specific file names and desired output format. Additionally, there are alternative software options available, such as HandBrake, Audacity, or online conversion tools like Zamzar, where you can upload the .M2A file and convert it to your desired audio format.

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