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Documents file that has gibberish

Postby doczmark » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:51 pm

I have a file in Documents that has five pages of gibberish (###### for five pages). How do I recover my real file? It was fine yesterday.
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Re: Documents file that has gibberish

Postby RoryOF » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:58 pm

Your file has been damaged, perhaps because of over hasty close down of the computer before internal housekeeping was complete. Experience tells us that there will be nothing usable in your damaged file.

See this link for information on recovery:
[Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files

If that desn't work, as soon as possible do the following:

Download Recuva or PhotoRec (only one needed) and let it do an indepth recovery of deleted files on your computer. You may get a file containing some or all of your data (or not). Do this as a first priority; other use of the computer may overwrite any existing but deleted files and prevent their recovery. There is no guarantee that you will recover anything useful.

Do the above soonest!
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Re: Documents file that has gibberish

Postby doczmark » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:03 pm

Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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