[guispeak] Re: Malfunction not quite solved

  • From: "Will Pearson" <will-pearson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 18:33:46 -0000

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 

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.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bundy, Keith 
  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 

  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 

  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
  Email: Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx

  Murphy's Law #1:

  Everyone has a photographic memory.

  Some don't have film.

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