Recovering lost data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by squirrelbait, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. squirrelbait macrumors newbie

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    im trying to recover some documents from a corrupt flash drive - boomerang data recovery pulled a lot of files off but when i try to open them, i get an option to "convert file from".

    I've tried the recover text from any file option but most of the documents bring up what looks like a pdf when you open it in word (lots of squares and html formatting).

    Does this mean that the docs - mostly word docs - are too corrupt to recover further??

    Grateful for any suggestions (apart from keep backups - I do, its not my flash drive!)

    I'm running an intel 24" iMac, not sure thats relevant though.

    Cheers
     
  2. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    Go inside Word and do an "Open" from the File menu and see what you get.

    -T
     
  3. squirrelbait thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi - tried that - get the following

    word cannot open this document - the doc might be in use or might not be a valid word document.

    the recovered document im trying is definitely a word document.


    I have a bad feeling...
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    Try NeoOffice :) Just in case...
     
  5. squirrelbait thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried neo office - same problems, either cant open the files, or more gibberish.

    thanks anyhow.
     
  6. MartyMoe macrumors regular

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    If you scroll all the way through those, is any salvagable text at all visible? Can you copy anything and then just clean it up using Find and Replace?
     
  7. squirrelbait thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ive managed that on some of the documents, but others are totally unintelligible...


    Thanks
     

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