Recover File Data

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  1. DockMac macrumors regular

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    I was looking through my old CD's and found an old file, but have no idea what is on it. The CD just has one ginormous file (~600MB), with no file extension.

    I am guessing the file was made on my PowerPC Mac on an early version of OS X. I no longer have the PowerPC Mac, am now using an Intel Mac with the latest version of Snow Leopard.

    I attempted to open it, but no app seemed to be associated with the file.

    When I open it as a text file, I see HTML, and then garbage (which I am guessing are pictures). My hunch is that the file is actually a bunch of files in one file.

    Any suggestions of how to recover the files?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What is the suffix of that file (.txt, .doc, .zip, .sit, ...)?
    And why do you think it is HTML? Does it have HTML tags like <HTML>, <TITLE>, <BODY>, </BODY>, </TITLE> and </HTML>?
     
  3. DockMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    re:

    There is no suffix or file extension associated with the file.

    I am guessing at least part of the file is html, because when I add a .txt suffix, it opens into a textfile, and I see html tags at the very top of the file.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    What are these HTML tags?
    Could it be an .iso file or another kind of disk image burn to CD wrongly?
    What does Get Info say about this?
    Can you post a screenshots?
     
  5. DockMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Figured it out!

    It was a .WAFF file. .WAFF files are caches/web archives of Internet Explorer for Mac.

    I downloaded the latest version of IE for Mac, which was released 7-8 years ago. Since it was for PowerPC, I also needed to install Rosetta.

    Thanks for prompting the ideas of delving further into the suffix!
     

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