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When trying to copy some .xls files off of my dads winxp pro computer onto a flash drive for backup somehow the computer decided to move instead of copy the files. Also somehow the files where deleted off od both the hard drive and the flash drive.  :wallbash: After running Recuva. I see the files I want BUT when I try to open them in open office OOO asks about character encoding. Furthermore the previes are garbled regardless of what encoding I choose. Is there a way to recover these important files?

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not sure why everything is garbled, it may have been unsucessful in recovering 100% of the file.  Could potentially be open office not cooperating, but it has always treated me well.

 

Never used Recuva, I have heard good things about a program called photorec.  It does recover more than just photos, also, dependent on how comfortable you are with linux and the command line, you could try booting up a livecd and using ntfs-undelete. I have used ntfs-undelete before sucessfully, but keep in mind it takes a lil while to learn how to use it, as its command line.

 

Also, its always best to prevent anything writing to the hard drive until you have recovered everything.

 

Good luck.

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Just let us know if all worked fine. There are various of other softwares that might work. You can pm me if need extra help.

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