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Hello, I reformatted my Western Digital 250gb hard drive. Before I did that I took my important files (about 30gb of data) and put it on a 60gb Maxtor hard drive. Reformatted the 250gb drive and proceeded to put my files back onto it. It seems some of my Notepad txt files have been messed up after the transferring though, and all the text is unreadable and I think it's in some type of Unicode. An example of what a piece of it looks like:

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S(iN\Z,BZ*t_M]7_p|wbiȿh8ϼl 

>P,n<ͳ!Z1=9޾cbڙf'u+wQYXtPjP#}0,* 

kYB2ɓbfr}o#eR|u"UvB֬CWޜǸaWȪuˇG|_wi;e!

_=1#]HɆLXN]%{\ouLVJ3ͳJbq?e|R&~wyN3>d9E

4e$sBYgW(p>sޡgu9_ٔx+R)US]{3Ґ~5a5?hf,WeҨNyp


Is there anyway to fix or restore the original text? I had some pretty important information saved in notepad files. And no unfortunately it's all messed up on the 60gb drive as well so I'm assuming it got corrupted on the first transfter from the 250 to the 60. Any help would be appreciated.



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How did you transfer data back, and forth?
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Just drag and drop from hard drive to hard drive.
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So, both drives are still in your computer?
Can you read those files OK on Maxtor?
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No I took out the Maxtor, I don't use it anymore, it was just to hold my files for a few hours while I was reformatting.

The text is messed up on the Maxtor hard drive too.
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Still haven't found a way to fix it.
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Hi there,

Please do not bump your threads.

Have you tried opening the file from a different program, for example, Notepad++?

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Thanks, tried that but the text still isn't readable. Still looks the same as in regular Notepad. Tried in Wordpad and Microsoft Word too.
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It sounds like the data was corrupted when you moved it. Now would be a good time to restore from your backups.

If you don't have any further backups in place, you might want to consider running a recovery program on the hard drive itself.
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Any programs you might recommend?
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http://www.raymond.c...overy-software/
Recuva worked for me on number of occasions.
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I use PC Inspector File Recovery. It does have a funny interface, but once you work it out, it's rather powerful, and the best recovery program I've found yet.

Because you've already formatted the drive, chances are slim at best, but still worth a shot.

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