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Recova: recovered an excel document, but can't read it


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Elle8

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Hi there

I deleted a document by mistake. However, I've recovered it using Recuva. Unfortunately, when I try to open it, it says 'The file is not in a recognizable format' and when it opens it's all goobledegook!

Can anyone help please.

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Vanessa13

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Hi... Why don't you check your recycle bin? It should be there, in its original form, unless you've cleared the bin by now.
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Hi... Why don't you check your recycle bin? It should be there, in its original form, unless you've cleared the bin by now.



Hi Vanessa

Thanks for your reply. No, I'd deleted it from the bin :).

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Pity :-(
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Hi Elle8:

This may sound crazy, but could you please check recovered file extension and post back?

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Nothing's crazy..

It's .xls and all the word docs say .doc but are unreadable too

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Hi Elle8:

Could you please try following and post back:

  • Copy/Paste this file at a different location (don't want to mess with the recovered file)
  • At new location change extension to txt, you have to enable viewing extensions for known file types
  • You maybe able to recover part or complete data (but will loose formatting)

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Hi there

It was funny... I did the above, the text became Chinese characters (I'm Chinese, although the original doc was in English)!!!

:)

Thanks!

Edited by Elle8, 17 June 2011 - 12:56 PM.

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Hi Elle8:

I am baffled too; does that transformation (Chinese Character) make any sense? What's the default Locale of OS?

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None whatsoever, I can't read Chinese, so have never used Chinese characters on my lappie :).

What do you mean by OS locale?

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Hi

Since in Post #8 you mentioned: "I'm Chinese" that's why I asked if it made any sense

As far Default System Locale is concerned - It's Operating System Language I thought it may be Chinese
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The OS language is English. Am based in UK.

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Hi Elle8:

I am really sorry that suggested solution didn't work. You may give Recuva Discussion Subforums a shot!

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