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    Default Recovering files from deleted "My Documents" folde

    I recently upgraded from a 700 mhz Dell to a 1.9 ghz Gateway. A friend of mine swapped my CD drive, DVD drive and hard drives into the new computer. When I got my computer back I could not find any files that were in my "My Documents" folder. After some discussions we determined that during the process of re-loading XP and moving files between hard drives the folder was probably deleted. I used a data recovery program and was able to recover all of the pictures (.jpg, .bmp, etc) and 1 or 2 folders that had some misc files in them. But the majority of the files in the folder (which were Word, Excel and Powerpoint files) werent found by the recovery program.

    So my questions were: 1. Why would the data recovery program only be able to recover some of the files? 2. Are there any other/better programs out there that would be able to recover the Word, Excel and Powerpoint files? Any suggestions and/or additional info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    We always recommend that a person backs up their harddrive to CD or other media before uninstalling or fixing hard drive .. in hindsight that would have been the way to go.

    I have had some success with PC Inspector http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm , but it too has limitations.

    Another possibility .. it's a longshot .. is to put the harddrive back in the old PC and see what happens ... probably nothing, but it's much cheaper than the alternative of taking it to the specialists to resurrect the drive.


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    If any applications have been intalled on the drive that contained the deleted files chances are they will not be recoverable. Hope in your case that has not happened.
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    Thanks both Canuck & whoozhe for your suggestions. The "pcinspector" program that you suggested only found the same picture files that had been previously recovered. So it looks like my Word, Excel & Powerpoint files are gone forever!!! I am, however, in the process of purchasing a USB flash drive to store a backup copy of some of my more important files. So hopefully this wont happen next time. Gotta live and learn. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar124
    I am, however, in the process of purchasing a USB flash drive to store a backup copy of some of my more important files. So hopefully this wont happen next time. Gotta live and learn. Thanks again.
    I'd also put these files on a cd, just in case. A few days ago someone posted about losing everything from a flash drive and not having it backed up anywhere else.

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    For Word documents try this:
    http://www.topshareware.com/DOC-Rege...load-17823.htm

    You can try it for free to see if it finds anything. You can view what it finds on your monitor. If you want to actually recovery the files, you need to buy it for $49.95.

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    i use Drive Rescue
    http://www.woundedmoon.org/win32/driverescue19d.html

    it's more detailed and will recover anything on your HD so long as it's not damaged-lost or deleted folders and/or files, and it's free (it's so good it made me feel vulnerable looking at what it could pull out of my hd so now i keep a copy of dban handy)

    i have also tried eDATA Unerase free version, fast hd scanning great with documents recovery but limited options.

    http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/eData...-10345833.html
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    I downloaded E-Data Unerase and it was able to find all of my Word, Excel & Powerpoint files!!! I saved them to the programs "recovered files" folder and I was able to successfully open about 1/3 of them. However the remaining 2/3 are either not able to be opened at all or when opened are just a bunch of odd characters & symbols. Any ideas on how to restore the remaining 2/3 of the files or somehow make changes to the fonts to make the data readable/usable??? Also, when E-Date Unerase searched it had multiple listings for each file. Are these all the same file or is it possible that one of the other files would be able to be opened? Thanks.

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    The multiple listings for each file could very well be that the file is fragmented, that's why you are not able to read them. There is little you can to resurect these files, I'm not even sure a pro could fix them.


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    Hey, sorry for the delay in responding. I just wanted to thank you guys for your assistance. Without your help I wouldn't have been able to recover any of the files that were deleted. Thanks.

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