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    Recovered files only in code

    Hi Fellow Loungers. I have just installed "Search & Recover" which was a special offer in a local computer magazine I subscribe to and found it easy to use. The only
    snag is, when I ran the program & located a couple of files that had somehow been deleted by mistake but which I wanted, when I opened them to my dismay I discovered the text was all in code; (see attachment for a sample screen shot of the file) Can anyone suggest a way to translate this code back to the original text?
    Thanks you very much. S Fox.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    the screen shot seems to show a jpg file, which is a format used for pictures, not text.

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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Does this post have anything to do with Windows 2000?

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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Hello Big Al..... the answer to your brief question is equally brief....only in as much as that is the system I am running on my computer..... if the post is in the wrong section I'm sorry ... To StuartR all I know is the file I sought & recovered is a "Word" document which has text in it. The first screen shot in the attachment shows the files recovers whilst the second is a section of the contents of the first of them. Regards S Fox.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Do these files open in Word ?? If so, try Edit>Select All and change the font to something like Times New Roman.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Thanks you Doc....... tried that but nothing changed....Thanx S Fox
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    The result you get most probably indicates that the program was not able to recover the files in their entirety, just parts of them. This can still be useful, since as your screenshot shows, the text of the document is still there, but not in the form of a real Word document any more. If the document contained indispensible information, you can copy the relevant text and paste it into a new document.

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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    The reason I asked my question is that the post seems to belong in the Software Forum since you're asking about Iolo's Search and Recover program. But, we'll leave that decision for later. I think I have to echo Stuart's comment. Your post clearly shows that the "recovered" file has a name of JUSTCO-1.JPG which tells me that Search and Recover did not recover a WORD document at all. The file name SHOULD have a .DOC extension as I'm sure you know. So, how did that program think it's a .JPG file?

    Did you "recover" this file from an active hard drive? If so, Hans' theory probably has more weight - the file may be partially corrupt or obliterated and not cleanly recoverable by your program. You might want to try some other program, such as the FREE PCinspector Data Recovery. (You want FILE Recovery, NOT Smart Recovery!)

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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Hi Hans....in my post <post#=729707>post 729707</post#> it will be seen that there is a little box [or whatever it is] between each letter, just as none printing characters like line breaks can be found and deleted by entering ^l into the [i]Find[i] field and typing a space in the [i]Replace[i] field, is there possibly a way to delete these small squares referred to thus leaving the text? Regards.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    You could try the following:
    - Start Word.
    - Select File | Open...
    - Select "Recover Text from Any File" from the Files of Type dropdown near the bottom of the Open dialog.
    - Browse to one of the recovered documents.
    - Click Open.

    Note: don't forget to reset Files of Type to Word documents next time you use File | Open...

    See MSKB article How to recover text from any files by using the "Recover Text from Any File" converter of Word for more info.

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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Hello Al.....sorry I missed your post....and sorry too for posting my original thread in the wrong section..... I suspected I did but was not sure where to lodge it. The file recovered was from the D Backup part of the partitioned C drive & thanks for the link to PCinspector Data Recovery ..... I have downloaded and installed it so will now venture to utilise its potential. .... Thanks for guidance & correction.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Thanks Hans for your reply I shall peruse it & see what I can learn....just a brief one liner but must acknowledge everyone's responses. Regards
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Hi Dave,

    One thing you should not do if you've got any files to recover is to make any changes whatsoever to the disc concerned. That includes copying, editing or moving files and, especially not installing any software onto that drive. You should also avoid running programs like MS Word etc. The reason is that all of these processes alter the disk structure and tend to overwrite the space formerly occupied by the deleted files.

    Be aware also that programs like MS Word create temporary files for storing your edits as you go, thus scattering bits of the file's contents in numerous locztions on your disc. Then, when you save the file, what gets saved is a completely new file and the old one is deleted. Thus, using file recovery software to search for a known string within the file, or doing a sector search, is liable to turn up many scraps from the various previous and temporary copies of the file.
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    Re: Recovered files only in code

    Thanks for all the replies..... I think I will just draw the thread to a close and be extra careful in future regarding what I delete and only then after making sure I have back up copies on the desktop Seagate drive of what is important. As ever many thanks.
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