Recovered Files Dont Work

December 22, 2005 at 04:03:00
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 2.53 GHZ 756 MB RAM

Ok my partition accidently got formatted when i tried to merge 2 partitions together. So I bought the program Recover My Files to get all my work back. It found just about every file and i recovered them successfully onto my other hard drive. The problem is none of these files work. The pictures wont display anything, the videos wont open, and the documents have random characters instead of what it's supposed to have. Does anyone know why its like this or how i can get the files to work. Especially the pictures and documents because they are important family photos. Thanks

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December 22, 2005 at 08:54:59

Well it sounds like most of the data stored in those files was unrecoverable. I would try it again. Maybe try a different program but unfortunately I don’t anticipate much success. Did you continue to use the hard drive after you did this or did you try the recovery right away?

I use an expensive program called Easy Recovery Pro (but they have less expensive versions) and that has only failed me once....I do about 2 recoveries a week.

The more you write data to that hard drive the less and less of a chance you have of recovering the data.

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December 22, 2005 at 09:32:28

Does anyone know why its like this

1. When you delete a file, the chance of its recovery is excellent.

2. When you delete a folder containing digital images, the chance of recovering these files are about as much of a chance of winning the lottery. The reason is that the directory entry contains the file name, and which points to the list of clusters on the disk, is simply gone.

3. When you merge partitions, the chances are nearly zero.

4. Digital images such as JPEG, TIF, RAW, MOV, AVI, and MPEG use header and feet information. The reason why you no longer "see" the photos is because the header and feet information is either corrupted or irreversibly lost.

Bear in mind that the above info is my own opinion based on my reading hundreds of similar threads across various forums. I should also mention FYI that there are many sites that purportedly claim they can recover it for you but do they? I haven't seen anyone who came back to tell us whether or not these software work.


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December 22, 2005 at 12:05:25

Try this. It is for media files.

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December 22, 2005 at 12:28:14

The most important fact, brought out by Stryker, is that any use of the PC after the deletion causes possible corruption of the files. You must immediately stop using that PC until you are ready to start the recovery. Even installing the recovery program will probably do some damage.

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December 22, 2005 at 17:51:43

Yes - for best results you would run the recovery program from a different drive or partition (ideally a standalone boot diskette or CD), and restore the recovered files to another drive as well, to prevent the 'lost' data from being overwritten (and destroyed for good)

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December 22, 2005 at 18:23:50

I had a similar problem, I stuffed around for a day or so trying to get my files back and realised I was only making it worse. I bit the bullet and bought EASEUS DataRecoveryWizard ( that did the trick. It worked. Recovered almost everything.

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December 23, 2005 at 04:09:47

The partition that im trying to recover off hasnt been touched again at all. It is a seperate partition and is completely blank. I havnt put any files on it or installed anything. So therefore there should be some chance i could recover my files. Oh and i tried the program that per said at and it recovers about all but only about 20% which is better than recovering all and none of them working. Im still trying to get everything back.

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December 23, 2005 at 04:11:35

Sorry i meant it recovers everything, but only 20% of the files actually work.

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