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opening files issues!
hey all
i recently downloaded and successfully used a file recovery program to get some files back that were deleted accidentally.

however some of them will not open!

in particular there are xml shortcuts that wen i click them say ''windows cannot find 'filename' please make sure u typed the name correctly and then try again'' on my desktop computer and on my laptop they say about this file has been moved do i want to delete this short cut. is there a way to get them to open??

there are also some files that wen i open them in wordpad, note pad or word they come up in similar ways to this

IVyVqM]Egg~Ľu &shy;*AQ޳o`01tl޵<%X`i kO](|Eu

any ideas how i can open them to read english?! lol thanks
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Re: opening files issues!
Hi belfast234,

If the deleted files were still in the recycle bin, then they could be easily recovered from there. From your post, I infer that they had already been deleted from there. This makes their recovery much more difficult. It is possible to recover such files using 3rd party applications like you have tried. However, programs like this need to be installed on your PC and this is probably where the problem lies. When you delete a file (effectively move it into the recycle bin), all that happens is that the pointer for the file is changed from its original location to the recycle bin. The file is still there intact. However, when you delete files from the recycle bin these pointers are erased. At the same time, the other blocks that made up the file(s) are made available for new data. It is possible that when you installed the file recovery program that some of these blocks were overwritten. When you run this program, it attempts to recover files by scanning your hard drive looking for possible orphaned data blocks. Sometimes this works, and the files are recovered entirely. At other times, this is only partially successful, although you should be able to save what was recovered. The files might be recovered, but important data is unrecoverable. This leads to problems like you described.
It is possible that if you use a suitable editor that you can further recover some of the data. A suitable editor is: Free Hex Editor Neo - Freeware Binary File Editing Software Utility Download this Tool

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