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Repairing recovered files


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Mighty Boosh

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Hi all :)

Unfortunately the other day one of my HDD's died. There were no strange noises or erratic behavior to suggest that trouble was around the corner. It just died :)

Anyway, luckily I can it seems recover the data as I have another HDD which at one time had all of the lost data stored on it from before. This way I do have a reliable disc from which to recover my lost files.

My problem is that although I can find my files and save them to a safe location I cant actually do anything with the saved files. All files from mp3, AVI, dwg, doc, jpeg they are all rubbish. If I try and open any of them I get an error message normally suggesting that the file is either corrupt or its contents do not match the extension?

To recover the files I have used a freeware app called NTFS Undelete. Maybe thats my problem, ive used freeware which maybe isnt the best, dont know.

To finish up, I guess my question is this. Can anyone suggest a programme which can take a file of unknown format, analyze it, rebuild it and give it its correct extension. In short, make it do what it is supposed to do.

OS this end is XP.

Thanks in advance :)
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phillipcorcoran

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File-recovery software, free or not, does just that. It recovers deleted files. What condition those files are in when recovered is a whole different story even if the filenames are complete. The files contents may have been partially overwritten by newer files, or damaged by disk failure.

I don't think any recovery software will be able to 'undamage' damaged files, but by all means give it a try. If it works I stand corrected, and apologise.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 13 January 2010 - 09:18 AM.

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