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Corrupt Lotus Notes NSF File

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#1 sdas57


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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:05 PM


I have always got good advice from this site. This time it seems tough as there does not seem to be many software tools on my problem. But I have hopes from this site still.

I archived my Lotus Notes Mails into the NSF file that it creates. Then copied it to my USB External HDD and then moved it to a desktop from that extl HDD. I dont know what went wrong in this move operation. Seems the NSF file has got corrupted. And there is NO use using Lotus notes Default tools to fix the errors as it either does not "SEE" the file (says FILE NOT FOUND) and the Lotus Client does not recognise the NSF (Says 'NOT A DATABASE' OR 'File not Found')

I tried to use HJSPLIT to split this 3+ GB file but the HJSPLIT completed its job by creating only 1 file ( .001) and that too not of the right size when I wanted ti split the 3+ GB file into 2 MB files. So i guess the NSF file is corrupted as HJSPLIT is unexpectedly meeting End of File and is mistakenly thinking file split is complete.

There does not seem to be any tool to repair my NSF file. Nor am I able to find any tool to repair a Corrupt File. I know STELLAR Phoenix can do it. They tested my nsf and said they can, but they are charging too much. The price does not match my mail value !!!! So can someone pls tell me

1. Whether there is any software to fix this issue and recover my mails and attachments?
2. Whether it is possible to learn low level programming and do it myself? Where do I get some reading matter on how files are created and corrupted and how data recovery engineers work? I know this sounds silly but why can I not learn and do it myself even it takes me some time!

The NSF file was created by Lotus Notes 6.5 and later we upgraded to Lotus Notes version 8.5 when the archive was last taken.

Pls help.

Edited by sdas57, 06 May 2010 - 05:06 PM.

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