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Microsoft Office Excel 2003 - Help!

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#1 lucky71


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Posted 26 January 2005 - 05:42 PM

Hi People,

I have the MS Office Excel 2003 installed on my PC. Last week I deleted a file and now I have to recover/recuperate it. Do anybody know how I have to proceed to recover a deleted file on my PC? Thanks. :thumbsup:

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 26 January 2005 - 11:38 PM

Stupid question, but did you check the recycle bin?

Check out some of these programs, though I know nothing about how effective they are:


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Posted 27 January 2005 - 12:35 AM

In most cases, recovery of a deleted file is problematic at best; unless you make the attempt to recover your worksheet straight away, all those applications will not help. I guess we ALL learn the hard way to back up important files.
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#4 Truth Loves You

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:09 PM

A week ago eh? When a file is deleted from a microsoft OS the contents of the file is left where it was and only an annotation is made in the file table essentially say "you need no longer respect the area(s) allocated to this file". Files are written where ever it's most convenient. New content, be that new documents, temporary internet files, or system caching, may or may not have overwritten some or all of your previously deleted file.

For your purposes there are two types of data recovery: DIY and forensic. For the latter expect to shell out BIG bugs whose price is based on the capacity of your drive. If it's CRITICAL and you can absorb the cost then:


In the Do It Yourself category there are two subgroups. (1) shiny happy shareware and (2) hardcore geek tools. If you consider yourself to be among the latter then try one of these


As to shiny happy shareware, which includes the download.com previously posted, be aware that many of them are essentially feckless, usually loading copies of the deleted file table and turning you loose. I don't have a specific recommendation in this category but do caution you that you must

Immediately cease using the drive that contains the data you would like to recover

to increase your chances of success in any of the above cases. Every write to that disc decreases the likelihood that the lost file can be completely recovered. Obviously then: Do not willy nilly install shareware recovery applications. You will need to either:

(1) acquire a new hard drive, and install an OS, and shiny happy shareware recovery tool. That way you can mount your other drive as a slave

(2) or mount your drive into a clean, stable, alternate computer keeping in mind of course that you must avoid ALL write activity to the drive

I hope this helps

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