Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Re: Recovering Text from a File

More text extractors: - may be just for Word

On Jul 11, 6:58 pm, socrtwo <> wrote:
> It is sometimes valuable if all else fails, to recover the text from a
> corrupt file.  The text will be unformatted and it may be considerably
> less useful to recover text from a spreadsheet then a word processor
> or presentation file, but it still might be worth it.  What follows is
> a list of programs that recover text from any file:
> *****Not Free****
> * Microsoft Word
> *****Free****
> * TextMaker Viewer
> *
> BinText
> *
> - TextExtract
> *
> WPLook (may only recover WordPerfect document text)
> * similar to
> above
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

More Misc Microsoft Repair Tools

- "RecreateDefPol.exe is a tool developed for the restoration of the
Default Domain and Default Domain Controllers policy files, in case of
accidental deletion. This tool is for use exclusively on Windows 2000
Server, Advanced Server, and DataCenter Server. Do not use this tool
on Windows Server 2003; use Dcgpofix.exe instead (included in Windows
Server 2003).
This tool is intended for use only in disaster recovery situations,
where either the Default Domain Policy, the Default Domain Controllers
Policy, or both have been damaged or deleted, and no other backup is
available. This should be considered a tool of last resort."
- "WPF XBAP Permission Repair Tool: "Repairs Registry Permissions
needed to execute WPF Xaml Browser Applications (XBAPs)"
- Word 2000 Fix: Font Repair Macro: "In many Eastern European
countries, when documents created in Word 95 or earlier were opened
into Word 2000, text within the document sometimes did not display or
print correctly. Due to font- and character-mapping issues, some fonts
displayed and printed certain characters as boxes instead of the
correct characters. Note that this rarely happened to documents
created in the US English versions of Word.
To be sure that your document is all right even though it is not
displaying or printing correctly, this Word 2000 macro converts the
fonts in the document (or the selected text) to Arial. By converting
the text to a different font you can quickly scan and determine if the
text is distorted in any way.
If you often view documents created in both an earlier version and
another language version of Word, this tool may be of use to you."
- Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP Troubleshooting: "Provides information
about a variety of diagnostic and repair topics. Tools are included to
help you quickly isolate and resolve TCP/IP communication problems."
- This is a video on how to use Vista's Windows Network Diagnostics
tool. As Microsoft describes it: "The Windows Network Diagnostics
tool in Windows Vista helps you identify the top potential issues
preventing network connectivity—and it automatically takes appropriate
steps toward correcting them. When you are unable to connect to a
network resource, you are presented with clear repair options rather
than error messages, which can be difficult to understand. If Windows
Vista can repair the issue automatically, it will; if not, you are
directed to perform simple steps to correct the problem without having
to call for support.
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile User Group Repair Tool: "Before you
install Microsoft CRM 3.0 Mobile, you must use the Microsoft Dynamics
CRM Mobile User Group Repair tool if you had upgraded from Microsoft
CRM 1.2 to Microsoft CRM 3.0, or if you had used the custom setup
command-line option instead of the default settings when you installed
Microsoft CRM 3.0 for the first time."
- BITS Repair Tool for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB940520):
"The BITS Repair Tool will help you fix a problem caused by the
corruption of BITS state files. The problem stops the host process for
Windows Services, which prevents you from using BITS to transfer
files. Use this tool to resolve the corruption and re-enable BITS
transfers. After you install this item, you may have to restart your
- "Remote Desktop in Windows XP Professional provides remote access to
the desktop of your computer running Windows XP Professional, from a
computer at another location. Using Remote Desktop you can, for
example, connect to your office computer from home and access all your
applications, files, and network resources as though you were in front
of your computer at the office."
- Updating Windows Live Onecare Application or Virus and Spyware
Protection Fails: "This tool will fix the issue for some customers who
have red action items in their OneCare application: either "Update
your virus and spyware protection" or "Update Windows Live OneCare".
if "Check for updates" fails, even though the computer has a working
internet connection, this tool will attempt to reset OneCare settings
and reattempt the download and install for the pending updates."

Office 2000 SR-1/Windows 2000 Utility: Registry Repair
- "If you applied the Office 2000 SR-1 update and upgraded your computer from Microsoft Windows NT® 4 to Windows® 2000 before May 12, 2000, you should apply the Office 2000 SR-1/Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility. This utility restores the registry settings for several important files that may cause Office 2000 SR-1 applications to behave oddly on Windows 2000.

Note If you did not install the SR-1 update before May 12, 2000, you should install the Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR-1a) Update [], which includes the Office 2000 SR-1/Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility. If you have already installed the Office 2000 SR-1a update, you do not need this download."

Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool

- "Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool checks for common network problems on the host machine and if found, suggests repair commands. Further, it collects IPsec policy information on the system and parses the IPsec logs to deduce why a failure might have happened. Beyond IPsec, it offers trace collection for VPN, NAP client, Windows Firewall, Group policy updates, Wireless and System events. The Diagnostic Report generated by the tool is conclusive and is derived from the system logs collected by the tool during its analysis phase. These logs are self sufficient to diagnose any network related issues. For further assistance, the logs would require to be shared with Network Administrators or Microsoft support."

DRT Video: Vista Startup Repair Tool -

- This is a video of how to use the Vista Startup Tool. As Microsoft describes it: "When something causes Windows Vista to start improperly or not at all, Startup Repair Tool can automatically fix most issues
and get you up and running again with minimal troubleshooting and time wasted."

[Data Recovery Freeware] BITS Repair Tool for Windows Vista (KB940520)

- "The BITS Repair Tool will help you fix a problem caused by the corruption of BITS state files."

Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility

- "Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility can help to repair some types of registry corruptions"

Windows Live OneCare Firewall Repair Tool

- "This support tool is intended for customers whose OneCare firewall reports that it cannot install a required upgrade or cannot turn on the firewall."

Windows Live OneCare "Antivirus service could not start"

- "This tool fixes a problem in the Windows startup file (Boot.ini) that can prevent the Windows Live OneCare Antivirus service from starting."

Windows Live OneCare Anti-Malware Repair Tool

- "Resolves the issue entitled "Contact Help Center - OneCare virus and spyware protection encountered a problem and cannot start". You MUST save this file to your computer and then run it. Do NOT select 'Run' from the download dialog."

The WMI Diagnosis Utility -- Version 2.0

- "A new utility to help system administrators diagnose and repair problems with the WMI service."

Systems Management Server Recovery Tools

- "An SMS site recovery occurs whenever an SMS site is installed with a site code or site server name that was previously used in that SMS hierarchy. Repairing and re-synchronizing data are the core tasks of a
site recovery, and are required to prevent interruption of operations and corruption of data.

Install the SMS Recovery Tools on any recovering site server before you start performing recovery tasks (you can install it at any time, but it is more convenient to install it before starting recovery)."

Post Upgrade EFS Recovery Tool 1.0

- "This tool can be used by server administrators to recover special user profiles and EFS encryption keys after a Windows file server has been upgraded to Windows Server 2008."

Exchange 5.5 Disaster Recovery -

- "Formulate, test, certify, and deploy a plan to recover data lost after a database disaster. This downloadable white paper also includes a list of Exchange error messages and command-line switches."

[Data Recovery Freeware] Best Practices: Active Directory Forest Recovery

- "This paper is a best practice recommendation for recovering an Active Directory® forest after forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers (DCs) in the forest incapable of functioning normally. One section of the paper describes how you can reset trust passwords on one side of the trust. This requires the use of the Netdom.exe tool accompanying this paper only."

[Data Recovery Freeware] BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory Users and Computers tool

- "The BitLocker Active Directory Recovery Password Viewer lets you locate and view BitLocker recovery passwords that are stored in AD DS.

You can use this tool to help recover data that is stored on a volume that has been encrypted by using BitLocker. The BitLocker Active Directory Recovery Password Viewer is an extension for the Active
Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in. After you install this tool, you can examine a computer object's Properties dialog box to view the corresponding BitLocker recovery passwords. Additionally, you
can right-click a domain container and then search for a BitLocker recovery password across all the domains in the Active Directory forest.

Note To view recovery passwords, you must be a domain administrator, or you must have been delegated permissions by a domain administrator."

[Data Recovery Freeware] Cluster Server Recovery Utility (ClusterRecovery.exe)

- "The Cluster Recovery Utility is a tool that collects together a number of pieces of functionality that are particularly useful in a server cluster after a disk on the shared bus has failed."

Friday, July 11, 2008

Recovering Text from a File

It is sometimes valuable if all else fails, to recover the text from a corrupt file. The text will be unformatted and it may be considerably less useful to recover text from a spreadsheet then a word processor or presentation file, but it still might be worth it. What follows is a list of programs that recover text from any file:
*****Not Free****
* Microsoft Word
* - TextMaker Viewer
* -
- TextExtract
* -
WPLook (may only recover WordPerfect document text)
* - similar to

Viewing Corrupt Microsoft Works Spreadsheets

From a post in aNewsgroup, I read that apparently you can view Microsoft Works Spreadsheets in Excel by changing the XLR extension to XLS.

So this opens the horizons for recovering corrupt Works Spreadsheets, because you can try loading the document in any of the 20-25 Excel compatible spreadsheet varieties, such as Quattro Pro and Open Office

Quick View

Microsoft's old QuickView appears to be still available from a Microsoft FTP site.

I uploaded it to this group too.

QuickView will occasionally open files as a vierwer where the native programs fail. QuickView appears not to work in Vista even in Windows 95 compatibility mode.

File corruption causes several errors when opening 1-2-3 worksheet - - includes simple video on how to combine spreadsheets to uncorrupt data.

"Question One or more of the following errors display when you open an existing worksheet in Lotus 1-2-3®:

-- MAIN123W caused a general protection fault in module MAIN123W.EXE.
-- Error reading file.
-- Error opening or saving file.
-- Not a valid file.
-- Error unimplemented.
-- Cannot move or copy data beyond worksheet boundaries.
-- System Error - The formula has too many nested levels or the @function has too many arguments. Divide the formula into smaller parts.


These errors generally indicate file corruption. If no backup copy of the file is available, there are several ways to attempt to retrieve information from the damaged file.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

FormatFactory - Repairs Audio and Video Files - - "FormatFactory is a multifunctional media converter.

Provides functions below:
Rip DVD to video file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP format.
Source files support RMVB.

FormatFactory's Feature:
1 support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
2 Repair damaged video and audio file.
3 Reducing Multimedia file size.
4 Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
5 Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
6 DVD Ripper."

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Autopsy Forensic Browser - "The Autopsy Forensic Browser is a graphical interface to the command line digital investigation analysis tools in The Sleuth Kit. Together, they can analyze Windows and UNIX disks and file systems (NTFS, FAT, UFS1/2, Ext2/3).

The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy are both Open Source and run on UNIX platforms. As Autopsy is HTML-based, you can connect to the Autopsy server from any platform using an HTML browser. Autopsy provides a "File Manager"-like interface and shows details about deleted data and file system structures."

Open Source Data Recovery Tools To The Rescue

- I'm going to explore various ways you can use open source solutions to recover data, bring dead systems back to life, and save your bacon in general. Many of the solutions described here run cross-platform (Lin/Win/Mac), but some of them are *NIX-only and will be described as such.

Eassos Recovery 4.2.1 - Free as in Freeware - Only Today from Giveaway of the Day Eassos Recovery is professional data recovery software which provides complete soluti...