Will, Thanks for the excellent explanation. I can access the info in Notepad, just wading through a bit of garbage. It's much better than losing the info. Thanks again. Keith ________________________________ From: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Will Pearson Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 12:34 PM To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [guispeak] Re: Malfunction not quite solved Hi Keith; One thing you could do, is to open them in Notepad and see if you can grab any of the text out of the documents. This should be feasible for at least Word documents. The problem is, that when you delete something the space occupied on the hard drive immediately becomes available to be written to, unless you have deleted to the 'recycle bin'. So, any program can then overwrite the space occupied by those files, and this includes all the behind the scenes temporary files that are created by Windows and applications. A file recovery program will then only be able to recover the information from areas of the drive that have not been overwritten, as deleting a file only causes the fact that space can now be written to, to be represented in the file allocation table, and until data is written to that area of the hard drive the files remain in tact. Will ----- Original Message ----- From: Bundy, Keith <mailto:Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx> To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; VICUG-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 5:38 PM Subject: [guispeak] Malfunction not quite solved Well, folks, I spoke a bit too quickly, I guess. I was able to undelete my files, and most of them read quite beautifully. However, I have run into a couple of files where Word says the files may be corrupted and suggests I open them and use a text recovery converter on them. Where can I find such a program? Also, one file asks me if I want to make Word my default web editor, and it was done in Word, not HTML. Finally, another file wants to know which encoding I want to use to make the text readable. As I said, most of the files have been recovered beautifully. Any further suggestions? I did restore my system to last week, but it did not recover any of the deleted files. Thanks for any help. Keith Bundy Director of Student Development Dakota State University 605-256-5121 Email: Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx http://homepages.dsu.edu/bundyk Murphy's Law #1: Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.