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#1 sonic_944

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:24 AM

Hi, Sonic_944 here and I signed up for one reason and nobody seems to help me with this. I recently recovered an important file and now it looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/dOsq8q5.png. Suggestions?

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

Hi, I have a few questions, was it originally a wordpad file? and what program did you use to recover it? is the file system NTFS or FAT?

a little bit of background information would be helpful here :)

Please note I am not one of the staff, just trying to help.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

NTFS and wordpad. It got deleted exactly a month ago.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:03 AM

And Win something, a life buoy with a grey/blue shield.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:39 PM

Well?



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:34 PM

If the recovery software has correctly identified the original location of the wordpad file, it looks like in the month since it was deleted, the contents of another file have been written into the same location. Unfortunately if this happens, the previous information is permanently lost.

 

You could try repeating the recovery with different software in case the current recovery location was miscalculated (a best-guess recovery), but that's a very long shot. If the file was stored on your working drive (system drive or active data drive) every file save, update, software install or defrag has the potential to wipe out the original contents of a deleted file.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:42 PM

So you're saying there's a slim chance of me getting my data back?



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:02 AM

It doesn't look very promising at all.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:21 AM

What happens if I use the Windows 7 CD to get back corrupted files?



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:32 AM

It doesn't look very promising at all.


I agree.

Also, if you rename a graphics file, say image.jpg to image.jpg.txt and open it up in the text format, it looks like http://i.imgur.com/dOsq8q5.png.
 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:36 AM

I think you gave me an Idea Crazy Cat. So you're saying it's not a .rtf file at all? But rather a separate file extension?



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:48 AM

Yes!
 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:49 AM

Our efforts to assist are being made harder by having no information about the file and events leading up to its recovery. What actually is the file you have attempted to recover? Is is supposed to be an .RTF file? Did Wondershare Data Recovery assign an extension automatically, or did you specify original filename and path? Pretty much any non-ASCII data (eg image file) will look similar to the image when it's viewed in a text editor/word processor.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:55 AM

The file was once an .RTF, but now Wondershare states it's an .lnk file which I have no idea what that is. So wondershare did assign the extension.






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