recover currupted files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by I'ecus, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. I'ecus

    I'ecus Guest

    guys do you know of any good programs that will recover corrupted files
    on a formatted/corrupted HD. I have a HD that just crashed, I formatted
    it and I was able to use getdatarecovery ntfs and some other programs
    that recovered my formatted data. I got everything but when I open my or pics they're still corrupted. I tried d/ling free and demo
    software to see if they can fix the corrupted docs and pics I found but
    so far none have worked. Can anyone think of any software that worked
    for them or something that may work for me. even if I can find a demo
    that will show me it really does work. I don't mind having to pay for
    it. This has my wifes and I wedding pics and some of her art work that I
    would really love to get back for the both of us....

    thanks for ANY help I can get.
    I'ecus, Aug 5, 2007
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    Ian Betts Guest

    They will not show on a Vista system if the HD is and XP --- .

    There are lots of ads on the net for this service. I would suggest a search
    for the best near you.

    With patience there is aways a way.

    Please Reply to Newsgroup so all can read.
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will be deleted.
    Ian Betts, Aug 5, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Generally speaking, if the data was corrupted then that's what you'll
    get when using consumer-level data recovery software. As you found out.
    I would give a professional data recovery service a call to see what
    they say. My preference is for DriveSavers ( but
    there are others.

    It will cost you nothing to call DriveSavers and get their opinion. If
    they feel they can retrieve the data, then it will be expensive.

    Malke, Aug 5, 2007
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    John Inzer Guest

    The following software offers a demo version:



    John Inzer
    MS Picture It! -
    Digital Image MVP

    Digital Image
    Highlights and FAQs

    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, Aug 5, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    After a virus attack that "unpartitioned" my data drive, I had very good
    success recovering all my data files (pics, docs, etc.) using HandyRecovery.

    Can be installed as trialware to recover one file per day. But, you can see
    if it works, then buy it.

    Once a file is written over, it's pretty much thought to be a lost cause,
    but this program actually offers you the ability to recover files that have
    been written over, wiped, etc.
    You restore the file you believe to be correct. (It provides info on
    confidence in recovery.) If corrupt, select a different version of the file.
    You can even make an image file to recovery your files later.

    Not writing to the drive provides the strongest ability to recover. This
    program allowed me to recover my files after reformatting and
    re-partitioning the drive. (I did not write files back to this drive until I
    had recovered the data.)

    To say the least, I was impressed.
    Mark, Aug 5, 2007
  6. Corrupted files are just that. Data has gone missing from the file. It is
    unreadable and pretty much useless. There is no way to restore a "corrupted"
    file, other than via your backup. You DID create a backup, right?



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Aug 5, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Not exactly. The file you are attempting to use is corrupted. But the
    original data may still be present.

    It depends on the corruption, number of times the file has been modified
    (re-saved), method of loss, encryption, etc.
    "Corrupted" files are recovered by the feds all the time.
    Mark, Aug 5, 2007
  8. Hell. If that were the case, all files would be recoverable.

    Drive Savers and Ontrack can not even do that. These are the folks that
    corporations send their hard drives to for recovery. I have a fellow who was
    charged over $1800 for recovery and he only got back about 40% of his files.
    The others were reported to be - guess what - too corrupted to recover.

    If you don't backup you have no one to blame but yourself!



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Aug 5, 2007
  9. I guess you never head of forensic software like ENCASE that LEA use
    all the time.
    Adam Albright, Aug 5, 2007
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    As long as you have as much money to spend as the Feds do then nothing is impossible. If that file is worth big $$$
    to you then go to a commercial recovery company and have them try to recover it for you. A corrupted file is a corrupted file and how much you want to spend on it to recover and fix it is up to you.
    Peter Foldes, Aug 5, 2007
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    I'ecus Guest

    these files was added w/ a clean install of vista, not an upgrade
    I'ecus, Aug 5, 2007
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    I'ecus Guest

    I used handyrecovery and they're great it's 1 out of 2 software that
    found my data but everything was still coming up corrupted.
    I'ecus, Aug 5, 2007
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    I'ecus Guest

    yes I did have a backup! on a seperate partition and I had a ghost image
    on the same separate partition. I was waiting for my external drive to
    come in and then copy it over there, but it's to late. when I take the
    ghost image and explore through it, it's telling me the folders w/ the
    pics are empty, even though it was a image of the entire OS.
    I'ecus, Aug 5, 2007
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    Mark Guest


    Either you didn't bother reading the posts, or you are simply arrogant.
    I guess you spent too much on those other companies recovering a file.
    I only spent $40 and got all my files back from my drive.
    And, yes... it was formatted and re-partitioned.
    (Exactly what the vendor stated their software could do.)

    As I stated in my prior post, the corrupted file is useless.
    My point was the original data may be recovered from a different version of
    the same file that is in an "erased" state.

    I didn't state all files could be recovered. I stated I had good success.
    (In my case, I recovered ALL my pictures and documents.)
    I thought I was clear stating that to recover from the "corrupt" file:
    1. The files had to be modified or re-saved... meaning written to the disk
    more than once, or
    2. The area written to originally was not written over.

    This allows "restoring" the "other" version of the same file.

    Most drives when formatted do not use the full format option leaving the
    data area untouched.
    Re-partitioning does not wipe the drive.
    With these two simple tidbits, most files can be recovered from formatted or
    re-partitioned drives by a program that looks at the drive in raw format,
    finds all the allocation tables and rebuilds them. Comparing file storage
    indexes creates the percentage of success of any one file being recovered
    and minimizes the effort of sorting through a lot of garbage files.

    The more expensive restoration:
    While wiping a file if extremely effective, wiping a file almost never
    touches the File Allocation Table. So, even though the data is "gone," the
    exact location of a file can still be determined, and yes, with the right
    software, it can be recovered. (Unless you use a multiple wipe with random
    data. Seven times recommended.)

    The impossible:
    If the surface of the hard drive is corrupt, you cannot recover the file.
    Degauss the hard drive.
    If there is only one original of the file and it is recovered corrupt, then
    it typically cannot be repaired.
    Mark, Aug 5, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Sorry to hear that.
    My backup files were useless also (different issue), hence the attempt at
    Fortunately, I had better success with the program.

    If it's not too late...
    1. When you recovered files, did you send them to a different drive so they
    would not over-write your data?
    2. Attempt to recover whole directories first?
    3. Did you attempt to recover various versions of the same file? (One of
    them may not be corrupt. [No write-overs in the middle of the file.])
    Mark, Aug 5, 2007
  16. Then they weren't corrupted. Corrupted files have missing information and
    are likely totally UNUSABLE - unless it is a pure text file that you can
    fill in the missing information and sentences.

    How do you fill in corrupted audio information or video information. How
    about that photo of your glorious friend that now has lost one of her
    appendages. Lost information, deleted information is ***NOT*** the same as
    corrupt information. And this whole discussion is about "corrupt" files -
    not deleted files or files that are a partition that went raw or otherwise
    lost the partition formation.

    There is a HUGE difference! Learn this difference.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Aug 6, 2007
  17. Even the O/P said he recovered his data but it was corrupted. How do you
    propose that he "uncorrupt" the data now?



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Aug 6, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    As I've stated, at least 4 times now: Corrupted files are useless.
    But, in our use of files, we frequently modify, rename, or move files.
    Each instance creates a new copy of the file and erases the name in the
    original pointers, but keeps the pointers until actually overwritten when
    the space is demanded.
    If not overwritten, the original file can be recovered and there is
    typically very minimal data loss.

    In the case of an important family photo, it might be enough to recover the
    original before the red eyes were fixed. I never stated that the corrupt
    file could be repaired. But, if the original could be recovered and used,
    then the red eyes could be fixed again.

    You're response indicates, again, that you either failed to read the posts,
    you don't care to understand, or more likely continue to be simply arrogant.
    I'm not sure how you are helpful enough to anyone with this method of
    response to attain MVP, but alas, you display the title placing yet another
    black mark on the MVP group. As for me, I no longer see your comments, but
    if you still feel the need to strike again... feel free.
    Mark, Aug 6, 2007
  19. Little Richie can't be reasoned with. Like all fanboys, once he makes
    up his mind there is no use trying to change it. It further proves the
    vast majority of MVPs posting to THIS newsgroup are little more than
    Microsoft shills. A shame, since there are some respected and very
    knowledgeable MVPs. I guess the good ones avoid this group like the
    plague most of the time so the bad conduct of the knuckleheads that
    hang out here doesn't rub off.
    Adam Albright, Aug 6, 2007
  20. For the recovery and repair of your word document you can try out
    Stellar Word Recovery. Not aware how much beneficial it will prove but
    the demo version will give a fair idea if it will able to repair your
    data or not.
    Download the demo version from:
    Hope it does help you out.
    Site.Suggestion, Aug 6, 2007
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