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want to recover files after formatting

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#1 masudnabi


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:06 AM

hi all.i have formatted my pc,but i forgot to save some document.how can i recover them.my os is xp sp3.i have recovered 1 file in ms word using the software recuva.but it doesn't open,saying some encoding problem,they are asking a correct encoding system to make the document readable.i have selected all the encodings one by one but cant read the document.i made this document in ms word 2007 and saved it in doc. format..now i am using office xp.i have also tried to open it using office 2007.but nothing helped me.some one said me to open the doc in note pad or word pad,save it and then again open it using office.i have also done that.but no luck.can any one help me please.thanks :thumbsup:

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#2 fueL


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 09:12 AM

The problem with recovering deleted files is that once you delete a file, whereas it technically isn't gone forever, it is marked as being safe to overwrite.

So in theory, if you deleted every file on your hard drive (80gb per say) and then downloaded an 80GB file that took up the entire drive, that file is going to overwrite everything in its path (that it can) to get the space it requires.

Therefore, there is a possibility that you overwrote the file by reformatting your drive.

With that being said, there are other options such as linux based recovery CD's such as:

Operator -> http://www.ussysadmin.com/operator/
F.I.R.E -> http://fire.dmzs.com/
Caine -> http://www.caine-live.net/
Trinity -> http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12

I have not personally used all of these, so you may want to read up on their features / etc.

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