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How Do I Recover Files If The Hard Drive Has Been Formated?


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#1 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 03:55 PM

Hello,

I have in my possession a hard drive that the recovery program had been run on, in error. It formatted over hundreds of Word and Excel documents as well as Outlook emails etc. So, I am trying to recover them.

I ran PC Inspector File Recovery program and it found hundreds of files, the folders were green in color, meaning the chances of success of recovery were good. I recovered some Word documents. They appear normal, but when I open them they are all encrypted, or at least look like they are. I was offered the opportunity to change the way Word reads them, but none of the settings worked.

Then I ran DataRecovery program. It found 37,000 recoverable files. When I recovered an Excel file the icon looked perfectly normal. Here is a screenshot:

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When I open the file, it looks like this:

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Any ideas?
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Posted 16 May 2006 - 04:12 PM

After running into a similar issue myself at onetime, you need to find and obtain the Personal key Certificate you used when you made these encrypted files, and then install it in trusted certificats on your PC to be able to decrypt the files. If you already have that personal key, and the old SID of the machine, you could use a program like NEWSID to recreate the environment - and then decrypt them using the cypher command while logged on as an administrator. I used to have a link to some pages explaining how to do this, but since I back up my keys now - after that one time, I discarded them.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 04:41 PM

But they were not created as encrypted in the first place. Perhaps they are not actually encrypted, only look that way?

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 16 May 2006 - 04:41 PM.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 04:59 PM

But they were not created as encrypted in the first place. Perhaps they are not actually encrypted, only look that way?

hmm...well that image you posted makes me think the files were damaged during the (accidental) recovery process. Was that document a spead sheet? I really don't know all that much about excel to be of any help here. Otherwize I'd say sure looks encrypted to me. :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:09 PM

I agree, it does look encrypted. It was a spreadsheet.

I have recoverd a Word doc. The icon is perfect, but when trying to open it up in Word I get this message

Word must use a Import Converter to display this document correctly. Would you like to install one?

I click YES and then it prompts me for my Office 2003 disk, which I put in the CD drive. Then the installation fails as it can't file a .cab file it needs. I have tried with my backup CD too just in case the CD was scratched or something. So then when I try to open the Word doc I get this:

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I have tried different encoding, but no joy.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 16 May 2006 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 02:10 PM

well that image you posted makes me think the files were damaged

I have come to the same conclusion. Not recoverable. Thanks for your input!
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