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    Recovering word docs from a USB memory stick

    Today I have the happy task of trying to recover 42 reports from a memory stick that a headteacher accidentally deleted yesterday.

    I got her to run Recuva and iCare Data Recovery over the phone yesterday but they came up with none of the files she needs. Any recommendations for other file recovery software to try will be gratefully received!

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    I've used PC Inspector's File Recovery several times over the years and it's worked well most of the time:
    PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.

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    PhotoRec would be worth trying.

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    I've used EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard in the past. Always worked well in the past for me.

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    was deep scan enabled for Recuva?

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    Yeah I tried Recuva with and without the deep scan. Active Undelete has just spotted the folder containing the files I'm after, but as the teacher deleted the whole folder, it's not showing as recoverable ... I'll keep trying with some of the other suggestions.

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    Test Disk by cg security ?

    Curious if you goto the properties of the c drive and goto previous versions and look through the different previous versions locations ( more specifically the auto save locations for word documents )

    Are those documents there

    Long shot but does the memory stick have previous versions tab on the properties of said mem stick

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    Have managed to recover the documents using EaseUS Data Recovery. I have also discovered that most of the teachers seem to be saving their reports as *.doc files, when we've been on Office 2010 for 2 years and they should all be using the *.docx format.

    Now I have what looks like a list of the documents I need, but when I try and open them in Word, I am asked to file convert them. Even Word 2003 viewer can't open them. Have tried Notepad as well as a long shot! Trying to figure out if they have corrupted during the recovery process or whether I can coax them back. It's so frustrating when I can see them all but not do anything with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaphc View Post
    Have managed to recover the documents using EaseUS Data Recovery. I have also discovered that most of the teachers seem to be saving their reports as *.doc files, when we've been on Office 2010 for 2 years and they should all be using the *.docx format.

    Now I have what looks like a list of the documents I need, but when I try and open them in Word, I am asked to file convert them. Even Word 2003 viewer can't open them. Have tried Notepad as well as a long shot! Trying to figure out if they have corrupted during the recovery process or whether I can coax them back. It's so frustrating when I can see them all but not do anything with them.
    Change file ext to docx or change to htm or html and see if that shows any of the data ?

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    That was a neat idea but unfortunately the same thing still happens. I've tried Word's option to Open and Repair and also the File Type option "Recover Text from any file *.*"

    Not looking good for these docs

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaphc View Post
    That was a neat idea but unfortunately the same thing still happens. I've tried Word's option to Open and Repair and also the File Type option "Recover Text from any file *.*"

    Not looking good for these docs
    What about renaming / changing to a zip or 7z to see whats contained within those files ?

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    I've used NTFS UnDelete in the past (NTFSUndelete.com | Recover and Restore Deleted Files Quickly and Easily | PCs, Cameras, Phones & More) and it does a nice job .. might be worth giving that a go to recover files and see if it gives any different response for the files you get ..

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    I'll give that a go later and see, thanks. At the moment the teacher has started rewriting the bits of the reports that were lost now, so anything I can do will be a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Test Disk by cg security?
    TestDisk is mainly used for recovering deleted/corrupted partitions.



    @kaphc. Did you have any luck with PhotoRec?



    ^ Under "File Options" you can tell the program to only look for Microsoft Office files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    TestDisk is mainly used for recovering deleted/corrupted partitions.



    @kaphc. Did you have any luck with PhotoRec?



    ^ Under "File Options" you can tell the program to only look for Microsoft Office files.
    I keep calling it test disk but yes photo rec as cg security make them both. I should start calling the relevant products by there correct names, my bad !!

    Sorry !!
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