Fix corrupt FIT files using these two methods

by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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fix corrupted FIT files

There is no doubt that data corruption of any kind of file can be a hardship, especially if files are of great importance. Which FIT files certainly are for sports enthusiasts who fancy tracking their running or cycling routes with the faithful Garmin navigation.

Once they get corrupted (usually due to GPS readings), users can’t use them with Garmin Connect or similar services for tracking the routes which provide map display. Luckily, this is far from being un-repairable and we offer you two commonly-used ways to fix corrupt FIT file on your PC.

How to fix corrupt Garmin FIT file

  1. Use Garmin Online Fit Repair Tool
  2. Try with the Fit File Repair Tool

Solution 1 – Use Garmin Online Fit Repair Tool

In case you’re trying to access the file with the FIT extension to no avail, don’t worry. There are a few tools which might come in handy when it comes to repairing corrupted FIT files.

One of those is a free online utility which allows you to upload a corrupted FIT file so you can download the uncorrupted version afterward.

It’s called Garmin Online Fit Repair Tool and here’s how to use it:

  1. Navigate to the Garmin Online Fit Repair Tool website.
  2. Upload your FIT file and let the auto-fix tool work its fit repair tool
  3. Additionally, you can choose to convert it to the CSV format.

Solution 2 – Try with the Fit File Repair Tool

For users who are dealing with numerous FIT files on a daily basis, a premium tool is probably the best solution. Fit File Repair Tool is a utility which allows you to access and restore corrupted FIT files with small or no effort. However, it’s a paid solution so, after a free trial period ends, you’ll need to purchase the license.

Here’s where to find Fit File Repair Tool and how to use it:

  1. Download Fit File Repair Tool, here. You might need Microsoft Access installed in order to run it.
  2. Extract the tool and run it.
  3. Click on the “Import and repair” button and add your corrupted FIT file (or batch of files).
  4. Run the tool and the FIT file should be fixed and accessible again.

There are some other options, like FIT SDK which allows you to deconstruct and convert FIT files to the CSV format. That way, you can edit them or restore their integrity. On the other hand, the two aforementioned tools should be enough for an inexperienced user.

With that said, we can conclude this article. In case you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.


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