Cannot decipher text document - recovered .doc

Discussion in 'macOS' started by joojooyoufather, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. joojooyoufather macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2009
    Hi there,
    I recently recovered a word document (word program for the mac) that I had previously deleted on a lacie external drive. I got it back with data rescue II. Unfortunately, when I try and open the document it just comes up as scrambled symbol / text / garbage with lots of page breaks. My mac gives me the option of choosing some different ways of opening it but still they come up with variations of scrambled text. I was just wondering if anyone knew of a program out there which can restore my document to it's former glory or more simply where I can read what I had written previously in it. It does not have to be perfect. Many thanks.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It sounds like parts of the document were written over before you got Data Rescue to retrieve it. It's most likely beyond repair.
  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    If there's info you want to retrieve, regardless of the formatting, you might try opening the file in Tex-Edit Plus. It's a text editor that predates OS X, and therefore Apple's TextEdit. It has several tools you can use to delete garbage characters like the page breaks. You'll need some luck, but you could end up with most of the contents of the file.


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