Rescuing a corrupted/overwritten file

July 12, 2011 at 23:20:37
Specs: Windows 7
Last week I deleted a single file (.txt extension) from the Desktop. It sat in the recycle bin for about a day before I finally emptied it. Only now did I realize that I want that file back. I've tried Recuva data recovery and found it. Only when I open the file, it's corrupted, like half of the text was normal, the other half all these weird symbols. Recuva says that the file has been overwritten by some weird file in the System folder, etc. I only think it's unfair because I recovered other .txt files DELETED FROM A YEAR AGO and they're perfect! :(

I just want to understand why a file I've only deleted last week could be overwritten so quickly while a file that I've deleted a year ago was fine. Could the directory from where I saved it from affected it? Can you guys suggest to me some programs that help recover and restore corrupted/overwritten files like this? Thanks!


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July 13, 2011 at 06:44:31
Recovery of files deleted from the recycle bin is always a gamble. As soon as this happens the space formerly used by the file is available for reuse by the file system. How long this takes depends on many factors, including exactly where the blocks of the deleted file are located on the disk.

Recovery of overwritten files is difficult and in many cases impossible.

If the file was important why don't you have a backup of it? Having only one copy of an important file is asking for trouble. Data can be lost for a wide variety of reasons and you must be prepared when (not if) this happens.


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