recover unrecoverable files

August 24, 2011 at 09:18:14
Specs: Windows 7
I recently installed the "recuva" program on my computer and it found nearly all of the files, however a majority of the files were deemed "unrecoverable" are there other programs available to recover unrecoverable files? Also I would like to know if the Norton Ghost program will clone a corrupted hard drive.

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August 24, 2011 at 09:34:47
There are other programs but I doubt they will do what you want. The files are likely marked "unrecoverable" because they have been overwritten. Nothing can recover an overwritten file.

Norton Ghost, or any such program, can clone a corrupt hard drive. But it will be an exact copy of the original, including all corrupted files.

This is yet another example of why you need a backup of all important files.Hard drives fail and data can be lost for a wide variety of other causes as well. In many such cases the files will not be recoverable. It is not a matter of if problems occur, but when.

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August 24, 2011 at 13:33:13
Lmiller7 says it all with one slight exception.

The program says it is unrecoverable because the entire file is not there. Some parts might be recovered if it is that important. It may be quite difficult to use that data. Usually a bit by bit copy from the actual hard drive might recover some parts of the files. Some of the recovery apps will ask what do you want to do with the partial file.

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