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Offline p_cli

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URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« on: April 19, 2014, 04:17:20 PM »
hello! I accidentally deleted a text file on my flash drive. It is the most important file with information I use daily. I would not know what to do without it and also has months of data on it. How I recover it? There are so many sites on a google search that offer free recovery, with a quick software download but I can't be sure if these come with viruses. I wouldn't want to get a virus on my drive. I have many files on the flash drive but deleted just one, this text file. Please, please help. I wait for your guidance. Thanks a million in advance. and a big hello to dear bear and dear bugbatter!

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2014, 04:30:26 PM »
I tried Recuva but it gives me a file that is entirely corrupt. Please help!!

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 04:42:09 PM »
I also tried puran utilities and got the same result. Gosh! Pl. help.

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 04:54:45 PM »
and Glary Undelete. I'm going off this site. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm

The file is there, but they are being recovered as corrupt.

I'll stop having tried three softwares. I'd be very grateful for your help and feel awful for this mini disaster I created. By accidentally deleted a file while at work. Thanks.

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 05:59:14 PM »
I have had good luck with PCInspector File Recovery

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 06:57:58 PM »
Hi P_Cli

Sorry for your issues.

If the file seems corrupted, there could be a couple of problems. If you or your PC has written any data to the memory stick since you deleted the file, you are probably out of luck.  If that is not the problem then click on Start, Run and type in the following command:
CHKDSK X: /F  Where X is the drive letter of your memory stick.  This might correct the corrupt file structure and allow you to recover the file using one of the file recovery tools.
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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 06:33:02 PM »
Dear Hoov, Dear Bear,

Thanks very much for your great advice. After I posted the first time, I was upset and tried Recuva as I mentioned. It found the file and asked if I wanted to save it to my jump and if I did the chances of recovery were slim. I didn't save it but made a new folder on my drive. Maybe that was the mistake. If I recall, already at that time though the file name looked strange. _pril.txt instead of april.txt I was unable to do anything for two days as the library wouldn't allow downloading pcinspector but I tried it at work and saw the file. Still corrupt. Did CHKDSK as advised and ran pcinspector again and still shows a poor copy and when you open, it is corrupt. The file size is accurate, 350KB, but data unreadable. I emailed the text file to myself. Is there some way to decipher it? If not, should I begin to use the flash drive again with no hope of recovery? If so, I will. Sometimes you just gotta move on from bad things. It's just information.... Would I have knowingly deleted it? Absolutely not. But, what to do?

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This is the best forum. And I love you bear. You are the best for coming to my rescue, as well Hoov. Much appreciated!!

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2014, 06:49:00 PM »
I think creating the new file on the drive may have destroyed chances for a file recovery.  Sorry about that.  There are some businesses that specialize in recovery of files from corrupted or damaged drives.  It tends to be quite expensive.  If the data is very valuable, you could try that.  Other than that, format the drive and start over.
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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2014, 09:24:21 AM »
You can try opening the file as a text file, even though it is corrupted. It may allow you to save the majority of the file, possibly even all of it.

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 10:50:41 AM »
You can try opening the file as a text file, even though it is corrupted. It may allow you to save the majority of the file, possibly even all of it.

Perhaps. I posted here and then was just so upset, I ran the first software and made the error of making a new folder on the drive. But there's no telling what it was. It's a file I opened daily a few times and made changes to. I read on google that files that are opened often and written to, have clusters in different places. When you delete, it gets harder to piece it all together. One of those crazy losses. I'll move on. It's my todo list and some important notes and financial records, on a text file. I'll have to recall what I can and trust the rest is less important... not worth spending money over and time too. I've spent three days very upset! Thank you immensely for your support!

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 10:54:29 AM »
You can try opening the file as a text file, even though it is corrupted. It may allow you to save the majority of the file, possibly even all of it.
I saved it yesterday. It was a text file, notepad, to begin with. And corrupt. All kinds of symbols. Not a single legible word.
But I deleted one file. The flash drive can be put to use now correct? If the file can't be recovered... Just want to be sure before I start using it again.
I ran chkdsk on it yesterday but that shouldn't impact the drive I assume.
Sometimes unexpected things happen! What else to do! Thanks immensely.

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Re: URGENT - please help, file deleted!!
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 11:22:55 AM »
I would format the drive just to make sure that everything is good. Then you can use it for whatever you like.

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