Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fixing Autocomplete in Outlook - I had to fix my mother's Outlook 2007 autocomplete function yesterday. Apparently with Outlook 2007 the autocomplete file can have up to 2000 entries. With a Nirsoft Utility, NK2Edit, I confirmed that there were 2001. I removed 10 entries using the NK2Edit utility again and it started working anew.

From the link at the beginning of this post I understood I could create a small registry entry which expands the limit to whatever size you want. I increased my mother's file limit to 22,222 so the problem would not occur again.

The details of how to create this registry update are explained on the link. Suffice it to say that the registry limit has to specified with a hex number equivalent to what you are raising the threshold to, so be sure to find a hex to decimal converter online.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Free Opener, Similar to Free Editor, Will Open and Save Some Corrupt DOCX Files - this program, just like the previously mentioned Free Editor, will also open and save the contents of some corrupt Word DOCX files from which Word itself cannot open or salvage the text.

"Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software. Currently, the software supports over 80 different file formats including Microsoft® Office Files (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .msg, .vcf), Adobe® Files (.swf, .flv, .psd, .pdf) and many others."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SoftMaker Will Pay 0.10 Euros to Charity Whenever You Download There Free Version of Their Office Suite, Until Dec. 24 - Other office suites are sometimes useful for opening corrupt files that won't open in their regular MS or Open Office programs. Softmaker Office is one of those suites that I use for that purpose.

Softmaker is donating 0.10 euros to charity whenever you download the free version of their office suite. Until Dec. 24, 2012.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some Great Drive Recovery Freeware at HDDGURU -

Wipe My Disks securely wipes all disks installed in your computer. It supports SATA, IDE, SAS, SCSI or SSD hard disk drives. Will also work with most external drive enclosures as well as SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash media. The tool is freeware.Read more...

HDD Raw Copy ToolThis HDD Raw Copy tool can make an exact duplicate of a SATA, IDE, SAS, SCSI or SSD hard disk drive. Will also work with any USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures as well as SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash media. The tool is free for home use.Read more...

HDD LLF Low Level Format ToolThis HDD Low Level Format utility is free for home use. It can erase and Low-Level Format a SATA, IDE, SAS, SCSI or SSD hard disk drive. Will also work with any USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures as well as SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash media.Read more...

HDD Capacity Restore ToolHDD Capacity Restore Tool allows you to restore factory capacity of any hard drive. Acomplete capacity restore guide is supplied with the application.Read more...

Partition Find and MountPartition Find and Mount allows you to recover deleted partitions. What's special in this program is that it allows you to mount lost partitions right into the system, so the operating system sees that lost partition like a good one.Read more...

HDD Wipe Tool
This freeware HDD Wipe utility will erase and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive with any size of up to 281 474 976 710 655 bytes. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Low-level erasing of Flash Cards is supported too. HDD Wipe Tool will clear partitions, MBR, and every bit of user data. The program utilizes Ultra-DMA transfers when possible.Read more...

Hard drive firmware update utility (Bootable CD ISO)
This utility, on the bootable CD, will then examine your system, detect all 2.5/1.8 inch hard drives installed, and then check the firmware revision of the drive. If required, it will prompt you to run the appropriate firmware update program for your drive.Read more...

Magic Boot Disk v2.0
Magic Boot Disk v2.0 is an MS-DOS boot disk which contains some very usefull stuff, such as patched FORMAT.COM, fixed FDISK.EXE, USB Mass Storage drivers for MHDD and more.Read more...

USBASPI is a MS-DOS driver makes it possible to access your USB device under MS-DOS.Read more...

HDDScan is a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics, it supports IDE/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, external USB/Firewire hard disks, flash cards.Read more...

IBM/HITACHI Drive Feature Tool
IBM/Hitachi Drive Feature Tool is a DOS-bootable tool for changing various ATA features. The Feature Tool allows you to control some of the features of IBM/Hitachi Deskstar and Travelstar high performance ATA hard disk drives and supports 48-bit addressing, so it will work with the new large capacity drives.

Victoria is a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics.
MHDD is the most popular freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics.MHDD supports these interfaces: IDE, Serial ATA, SCSI. Also there is a possibility to access an USB storage, there are drivers for emulation (USB->SCSI).
This software can make precise diagnostic of the mechanical part of a drive, view SMART attributes, perform Low-level format, bad sector repair, different tests and tens of other functions.

Friday, November 30, 2012

STD 0.1 Security Tools Distribution - "...STD is a Linux-based Security Tool. Actually, it is a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools. It's a Live Linux Distro, which means it runs from a bootable CD in memory without changing the native operating system of the host computer. Its sole purpose in life is to put as many security tools at your disposal with as slick an interface as it can...."

"Tools are grouped as follows:


freeradius 0.9.3 : GPL RADIUS server

2c2 : multiple plaintext -> one ciphertext
4c : as with 2c2 (think plausible deniability)
acfe : traditional cryptanalysis (like Vigenere)
cryptcat : netcat + encryption
gifshuffle : stego tool for gif images
gpg 1.2.3 : GNU Privacy Guard
ike-scan : VPN fingerprinting
mp3stego : stego tool for mp3
openssl 0.9.7c
outguess : stego tool
stegbreak : brute-force stego'ed JPG
stegdetect : discover stego'ed JPG
sslwrap : SSL wrapper
stunnel : SSL wrapper
super-freeSWAN 1.99.8 : kernel IPSEC support
texto : make gpg ascii-armour look like weird English
xor-analyze : another "intro to crytanalysis" tool

sleuthkit 1.66 : extensions to The Coroner's Toolkit forensic toolbox.
autopsy 1.75 : Web front-end to TASK. Evidence Locker defaults to /mnt/evidence
biew : binary viewer
bsed : binary stream editor
consh : logged shell (from F.I.R.E.)
coreography : analyze core files
dcfldd : US DoD Computer Forensics Lab version of dd
fenris : code debugging, tracing, decompiling, reverse engineering tool
fatback : Undelete FAT files
foremost : recover specific file types from disk images (like all JPG files)
ftimes : system baseline tool (be proactive)
galleta : recover Internet Explorer cookies
hashdig : dig through hash databases
hdb : java decompiler
mac-robber : TCT's graverobber written in C
md5deep : run md5 against multiple files/directories
memfetch : force a memory dump
pasco : browse IE index.dat
photorec : grab files from digital cameras
readdbx : convert Outlook Express .dbx files to mbox format
readoe : convert entire Outlook Express .directory to mbox format
rifiuti : browse Windows Recycle Bin INFO2 files
secure_delete : securely delete files, swap, memory....
testdisk : test and recover lost partitions
wipe : wipe a partition securely. good for prep'ing a partition for dd
and other typical system tools used for forensics (dd, lsof, strings, grep, etc.)

blockall : script to block all inbound TCP (excepting localhost)
flushall : flush all firewall rules
firestarter : quick way to a firewall
firewalk : map a firewall's rulebase
floppyfw : turn a floppy into a firewall
fwlogwatch : monitor firewall logs
iptables 1.2.8
gtk-iptables : GUI front-end
shorewall 1.4.8-RC1 : iptables based package

honeyd 0.7
labrea : tarpit (slow to a crawl) worms and port scanners
thp : tiny honeypot

snort 2.1.0: everyone's favorite networks IDS
ACID : snort web frontend
barnyard : fast snort log processor
oinkmaster : keep your snort rules up to date
hogwash : access control based on snort sigs
bro : network IDS
prelude : network and host IDS
WIDZ : wireless IDS, ap and probe monitor
aide : host baseline tool, tripwire-esque
logsnorter : log monitor
swatch : monitor any file, oh like say syslog
network utilities

LinNeighboorhood : browse SMB networks like windows network neighborhood
argus : network auditor
arpwatch : keep track of the MACs on your wire
cdpr : cisco discovery protocol reporter
cheops : snmp, network discovery and monitor tool
etherape : network monitor and visualization tool
iperf : measure IP performance
ipsc : IP subnet calculator
iptraf : network monitor
mrtg : multi router traffic grapher
mtr : traceroute tool
ntop 2.1.0 : network top, protocol analyzer
rrdtool : round robin database
samba : opensource SMB support
tcptrack : track existing connections
password tools

john 1.6.34 : John the Ripper password cracker
allwords2 : CERIAS's 27MB English dictionary
chntpw : reset passwords on a Windows box (including Administrator)
cisilia : distributed password cracker
cmospwd : find local CMOS password
djohn : distributed John the Ripper
pwl9x : crack Win9x password files
rcrack : rainbow crack

packet sniffers

aimSniff : sniff AIM traffic
driftnet : sniffs for images
dsniff : sniffs for cleartext passwords (thanks Dug)
ethereal 0.10.0 : the standard. includes tethereal
ettercap 0.6.b : sniff on a switched network and more.
filesnarf : grab files out of NFS traffic
mailsnarf : sniff smtp/pop traffic
msgsnarf : sniff aol-im, msn, yahoo-im, irc, icq traffic
ngrep : network grep, a sniffer with grep filter capabilities
tcpdump : the core of it all
urlsnarf : log all urls visited on the wire
webspy : mirror all urls visited by a host in your local browser
tcp tools

arpfetch : fetch MAC
arping : ping by MAC
arpspoof : spoof arp
arpwatch : montior MAC addresses on the wire
despoof : detect spoofed packets via TTL measurement
excalibur : packet generator
file2cable : replay a packet capture
fragroute : packet fragmentation tool (thanks again Dug)
gspoof : packet generator
hopfake : spoof hopcount replies
hunt : tcp hijacker
ipmagic : packet generator
lcrzoex : suite of tcp tools
macof : flood a switch with MACs
packetto : Dan Kaminsky's suite of tools (includes 1.10 and 2.0pre3)
netsed : insert and replace strings in live traffic
packETH : packet generator
tcpkill : die tcp, die!
tcpreplay : replay packet captures

cryptcat : encrypted netcat
httptunnel : tunnel data over http
icmpshell : tunnel data over icmp
netcat : the incomparable tcp swiss army knife
shadyshell : tunnel data over udp
stegtunnel : hide data in TCP/IP headers
tcpstatflow : detect data tunnels
tiny shell : small encrypted shell
vulnerability assessment

Way too many to list them all. There's much from THC, ADM, RFP, NMRC, TESO, Phenoelit. Be very careful with these tools. Remember, no guarantees are offered and you are entirely responsible for your own actions.
ADM tools : like ADM-smb and ADMkillDNS
amap 4.5 : maps applications running on remote hosts
IRPAS : Internet Routing Protocol Attack Suite
chkrootkit 0.43 : look for rootkits
clamAV : virus scanner. update your signatures live with freshclam
curl : commandline utility for transferring anything with a URL
exodus : web application auditor
ffp : fuzzy fingerprinter for encrypted connections
firewalk : map a firewall rulebase
hydra : brute force tool
nbtscan : scan SMB networks
ncpquery : scan NetWare servers
nessus 2.0.9 : vulnerability scanner. update your plugins live with nessus-update-plugins
nikto : CGI scanner
nmap 3.48 : the standard in host/port enumeration
p0f : passive OS fingerprinter
proxychains: chain together multiple proxy servers
rpcinfo : hmmmm.... info from RPC?
screamingCobra : CGI scanner
siege : http testing and benchmarking utility
sil : tiny banner grabber
snot : replay snort rules back onto the wire. test your ids/incidence response/etc.
syslog_deluxe : spoof syslog messages
thcrut : THC's "r you there?" network mapper
vmap : maps application versions
warscan : exploit automation tool
xprobe2 : uses ICMP for fingerprinting
yaph : yet another proxy hunter
zz : zombie zapper kills DDoS zombies
wireless tools

airsnarf : rogue AP setup utility
airsnort : sniff, find, crack 802.11b
airtraf : 802.11b network performance analyzer
gpsdrive : use GPS and maps
kismet 3.0.1 : for 802.11 what else do you need?
kismet-log-viewer : manage your kismet logs
macchanger : change your MAC address
wellenreiter : 802.11b discovery and auditing
patched orinoco drivers : automatic (no scripts necessary)"

Parted Magic - Another Linux Rescue/Partition Utility Disk - "The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful software (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc…) and an excellent set of info to benefit the user. Parted Magic is licensed under the GPL, so an extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: btrfs, exfat, ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, and zfs. Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 312MB of RAM to operate or 175MB in “Live” mode.


Format internal and external hard drives. Move, copy, create, delete, expand & shrink hard drive partitions. Clone your hard drive, to create a full backup. Test hard drives for impending failure. Test memory for bad sectors. Benchmark your computer for a performance rating. Securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data. Gives access to non-booting systems allowing you to rescue important data. Runs from the CD, no install required."

DD_Rescue Example with Disk Freezing :-) - an example of someone recovering data from a dying disk by freezing the disk in a freezer down below 32 degrees overnight then using ddrescue in the morning.

dd_rescue - Rescue Hard Disk With Some Errors e.g. Bad Blocks - "Purpose of dd_rescue

The latter three features make it suitable for rescuing data from a medium with errors, i.e. a hard disk with some bad sectors.
Imagine, one of your partitions is crashed, and as there are some hard errors, you don't want to write to this hard disk any more. Just getting all the data off it and retiring it seems to be suitable. However, you can't access the files, as the file system is damaged.
Now, you want to copy the whole partition into a file. You burn it on CD-Rom, just to never lose it again. You can setup a loop device, and repair (fsck) it and hopefully are able to mount it.
Copying this partition with normal Un*x tools like cat or dd will fail, as those tools abort on error. dd_rescue instead will try to read and if it fails, it will go on with the next sectors. The output file naturally will have holes in it, of course. You can write a log file, to see, where all these errors are located.
The data rate drops very low, when errors are encountered. If you interrupt the process of copying, you don't lose anything. You can just continue at any position later. The output file will just be filled in further and not truncated as with other Un*x tools.
If you have one spot of bad sectors within the partition, it might be a good idea, to approach this spot from both sides. Reverse direction copy is your friend.
The two block sizes are a performance optimization. Large block sizes result in superior performance, but in case of errors, you want to try to salvage every single sector. So hardbs is best be set to the hardware sector size (most often 512 bytes) and softbs to a large value, such as the default 16k."

Large Number of Data Recovery Utilities At - A myriad of data recovery utilities. Interesting stuff!


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Searches for lost FAT, NTFS, HPFS, BeOS and Linux ext2, ext3 and swap partitions. To search for reiserfs partitions, add "reiser" to the command line.

Example: Write a report for all disks to the file fp.txt: findpart all fp.txt

For DOS/Windows 95/98/ME:, 132,147 bytes, version 4.72, August 2, 2006., 133,128 bytes, version 4.78, May 10, 2008.
Boot floppy image and CD image with Findpart version 4.95 for Windows, running in FreeDOS using the HX DOS extender:, 817,448 bytes.
For Windows:, 188,838 bytes, version 4.95, June 11, 2008., 189,277 bytes, version 4.99, May 12, 2009.
In Windows 95/98/ME the included library files should be in the same directory as findpart.exe.

The Findpart Windows version includes the functionality of the utilities FindNTFS, GB32, Chsdir, Editpart, EditGUID, Findfat, Getsect, Putsect, Cyldir, Finddir, Findext2, Findbad, Pqrp, FindJPG, FindDoc, Readext2 and Readfat. For usage type Findpart followed by the utility name. For editing commands the findpart environment variable must be set to edit using the command 'set findpart=edit'.

Free NTFS data recovery tool. Lists the content of an NTFS partition, or copies files.

For DOS/Windows 95/98/ME:, 119,168 bytes, version 1.32, April 22, 2003., 123,845 bytes, version 1.54, January 29, 2005.

For Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP:, 114,603 bytes, version 2.05, August 31, 2006., 119,745 bytes, version 2.09, June 20, 2008., 119,816 bytes, version 2.11, May 2, 2009.
In Windows 95/98/ME library files from Findpart should be in the same directory as findntfs.exe.

Use version 2.11 for Windows 7 NTFS partitions.

In order to be able to use FindNTFS, you will need to know the cylinder, head, sector address of the partition, which in most cases can be found using the Findpart utility. Use the "Start CHS" numbers.

Example: Make a file listing for the NTFS partition (ID 07) at disk 2, cylinder 0, head 1, sector 1:
findntfs 2 0 1 1 files files.txt
To copy the directory that in files.txt has the number 117, and subdirectories to that directory:
findntfs 2 0 1 1 copy 117
Or to just copy all found files, including system files:
findntfs 2 0 1 1 showsys copy
The files will be copied to current directory, and to subdirectories to current directory.

Or try: (example for disk 2, cylinder 0, head 1, sector 1):
findntfs listmft 2 0 1 1
This will save search results in the file listmft.bin. If you want to search another location, or use other search parameters, then go to a new directory, or delete the current file listmft.bin. If you want to copy files, run the command from a partition with free space.

Examines if a 32 GB problem is present for a disk larger than 32 GB. The program also will detect some of the DOS and Windows 128 GB problems., 68,283 bytes, version 1.4, August 24, 2007.

DOS/Windows 95/98 device driver that adds read-only drive letters for lost FAT partitions. Version 1.5 adds support for FAT12 partitions and circumvents an Ontrack Disk Manager bug or feature., 2,443 bytes, version 1.5, November 4, 2001.

Lists the content of a FAT partition. Can be used for evaluating the integrity of a lost partition. The Chsdir version included in Findpart for Windows can copy files., 92,134 bytes, version 3.6, March 29, 2004., 94,244 bytes, version 4.2, April 22, 2005.

Command line partition table editor. For experts. For a (short) description: editpart /?, 65,941 bytes, version 4.2, July 13, 2003.
Will accept version 2.6 command lines.

Searches for lost and not lost directories in a lost or not lost FAT partition. Files in a lost directory can be copied to another partition. Note that on an fdisk damaged partition, some files can contain sectors filled with ascii 246 characters. Please read the cyldir.txt file. In pure DOS the speed of file copying is enhanced if himem.sys and smartdrv.exe are used., 110,519 bytes, version 4.9, January 16, 2002., 117,322 bytes, version 5.5, October 16, 2004.

Searches for Linux ext2 and ext3 superblocks and calculates possible partition location., 66,170 bytes, version 1.6, October 30, 2002., 73,523 bytes, version 1.7, May 12, 2009.

Free Ext2/Ext3 recovery tool. Lists the content of an Ext2/3 partition, or copies files.

For Windows:, 71,186 bytes, version 1.4, September 5, 2006., 76,074 bytes, version 1.5, May 11, 2009.
In Windows 95/98/ME library files from Findpart should be in the same directory as readext2.exe.

To use ReadExt2 you will need to know the cylinder address of a superblock from the partition. The location can be found using the FindExt2 tool. If the superblock address as example is CHS 5021/82/2 on disk 2, the command to browse and copy files is:
readext2 2 5021 5021

Searches for BSD disklabels., 60,788 bytes, version 1.0, July 26, 2000.

Searches a disk for occurences of a word or sentence., 58,706 bytes, version 1.2, April 8, 2000.

Locates bad sectors. Also, the program can write sectors containing ascii hex F6 characters to bad sectors. This may repair the sectors, but the previous content in the bad sectors is lost. If the disk does not contain any data you want to keep, it may be better to erase the disk using the disk manufacturer tool for that., 89,263 bytes, version 1.5, February 20, 2003., 77,814 bytes, version 1.6, May 18, 2007.

Examines PQRP partitions that were originally FAT32 partitions. One damage type, which is not recognized by Pqrp, is found by Chsdir, using the usual command line with the addition of the keyword 'adjustclusters'., 84,288 bytes, version 1.24, September 24, 2002., 90,070 bytes, version 1.26, January 26, 2005.

If you have a Pqrp data recovery problem with a FAT or NTFS partition, I suggest you initially do using the Findpart program:

findpart all fp.txt
and mail me the file fp.txt. For FAT partitions you also can do (example for disk 1): "pqrp 1 pq.txt" or in Windows "findpart pqrp 1 pq.txt". Do nothing else. The partition table editing method should only be used if it is known that the Pqrp partition is internally OK. In other words: Do NOT use the ptedit program.

Prints ATA device information., 78,902 bytes, version 1.2, August 2, 2006., 79,739 bytes, version 1.3, May 11, 2008.

For Windows. Attempts to copy JPG files without file system usage. Note that the version included in Findpart for Windows may be newer., 44,985 bytes, version 1.3, August 30, 2006.

For Windows. Attempts to copy DOC and XLS files without file system usage. Note that the version included in Findpart for Windows may be newer., 47,880 bytes, version 1.2, November 18, 2006.

Findfat, Finddir, Getsect, Putsect
These tools are now included in both Findpart for DOS and Windows. For usage, type 'findpart' followed by the utility name. For editing commands the findpart environment variable must be set to edit using the command 'set findpart=edit'."

Scalpel: A Frugal, High Performance File Carver - "Scalpel is a fast file carver that reads a database of header and footer definitions and extracts matching files or data fragments from a set of image files or raw device files. Scalpel is filesystem-independent and will carve files from FATx, NTFS, ext2/3, HFS+, or raw partitions. It is useful for both digital forensics investigation and file recovery." - The preferred environment is Linux, but it compiles in Windows and OS X too.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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I tried a good docx file and they turned it into a doc file without text. No trace of the underlying zip structure left.

Nice Summary by Microsoft About Corrupt Files - "...How do files get corrupted?
It's very rare for a file to become corrupted. The most common way it happens is when something goes wrong while a file is being saved. For example, the program saving the file might crash, or your computer might lose power just as the file is being saved..."

Wow - New Editor Opens Some Corrupt DOCX Files that Word and WordPad Won't Open - I don't know if I have made this clear enough but WordPad will open some corrupt docx files that MS Word will not. This new to me freeware editor of many many file types apparently opens the same ones WordPad will open, plus some additional ones. Bear in my mind that DOCX Salvager, S2 Services Word Recovery, Savvy Word Recovery and MS and Open Office Salvager open the same and more files but this new program is impressive.

Interestingly it is not just an editor for Word, in my tests it will open some corrupt Excel files too, but these are also repaired at least by Excel 2013 and 2010 too. Excel 2010 and 2013.

Get it while it is still free. It might not last forever.

Here is a blurb about the program and the unbelievable amount of file types supposedly editable (PowerPoint doesn't seem to work yet though it is in their list): "Free Editor is a free piece of software which will allow you to open and edit many different types of files on Windows PC's. It supports most document formats such as .docx, .doc, .epub, .odt, .xls, .xlsx and many more. It includes high performance features like a spell checker, printing capabilities as well as power editing features like hex and resource editors."

File Types:

Microsoft Office Files

.doc - Microsoft Word Document
.docx - Microsoft Word 2007 Document
.xls - Excel Spreadsheet
.xlsx - Excel 2007 Spreadsheet
.csv - Comma Separated Values File
.ppt - PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx - PowerPoint 2007 Presentation
.pps - PowerPoint Slide Show
.msg - Outlook Mail Message
.eml - E-Mail Message
.vcf - vCard File
.dot - Word Document Template
.dotx - Word 2007 Document Template

Other Document Files

.wps - Microsoft Works Word Processor Doc
.txt - Plain Text File
.bat - DOS Batch File
.cfg - Configuration File
.log - Log File
.ini - Windows Initialization File
.reg - Registry File
.qif - Quicken Interchange Format File
.ica - Citrix ICA File
.srt - SubRip Subtitle File
.pages - Pages Document
.xps - XML Paper Specificiation File
.pdf - Portable Document Format File
.rtf - Rich Text Format File
.odt - OpenDocument Text Document
.wpd - WordPerfect Document
.xml - XML File
.resx - .NET Managed Resources File
.epub - Open eBook Format

Image Files

.arw - Sony Digital Camera Image
.cf2 - Common File Format 2
.cr2 - Cannon Raw Image File
.crw - Canon Raw CIFF Image File
.dng - Digital Negative Image File
.erf - BioWare Entity Resource File
.mef - Mamiya RAW Image
.mrw - Minolta Raw Image File
.nef - Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image File
.orf - Olympus RAW File
.pef - Pentax Electronic File
.raf - Fuji RAW Image File
.raw - Raw Image Data File
.sr2 - Sony Raw Image
.x3f - SIGMA X3F Camera RAW File
.ico - Icon File
.psd - Adobe Photoshop Document
.svg - Scalable Vector Graphics File
.jpeg - JPEG Image
.jpg - JPG Image
.png - Portable Network Graphic
.gif - Graphical Interchange Format File
.bmp - Bitmap Image File
.tiff - Tagged Image File Format
.tif - Tagged Image File

Windows Files

.exe - Windows Executable File
.dll - Dynamic Link Library
.bpl - AutoCAD Batch Plot File
.scr - Windows Screensaver
.cpl - Windows Control Panel Item
.ocx - ActiveX Control

Coding Files

.jsp - Java Server Page
.vb - VBScript File
.c - C/C++ Source Code File
.cs - Visual C# Source Code File
.java - Java Source Code File
.php - Hypertext Preprocessor File
.sql - Structured Query Language Data File
.css - Cascading Style Sheet
.asp - Active Server Page
.aspx - Active Server Page Extended File
.kml - Keyhole Markup Lanauge File
.mht - MHTML Web Archive

Free Only Today: HDD Mechanic Standard - free only today from Giveaway of the Day - "HDD Mechanic recovers files from formatted, re-partitioned and inaccessible hard drives. Equipped with smart scan algorithms, the tool analyzes the entire surface of the hard drive looking for characteristic file signatures. This allows HDD Mechanic to recover information from disks with badly damaged, missing or empty file systems.

Resolving all types of problems that can occur with FAT and NTFS hard disks and flash drives, HDD Mechanic can recover deleted files and folders, undelete files erased from the Recycle Bin, and restore information from formatted, corrupted and inaccessible disks."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Only Today - SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery - Only today, giveaway of the day is offering a free license to SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery. Here is the description: "SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery is a flash restoration software. It recovers files from any kind of storage media (USB drives, digital cameras, music sticks, flash drives, PC cards, etc). This program restores all damaged and deleted documents, photos, mp3 and other files even if a flash card was re-formatted. You can see restored photos and other documents before recover them."

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Free Only Today - Paragon Backup and Recovery 12 Compact - giveawayofthe day is giving away licenses to Paragon Backup and Recovery 12 Compact only today: "Paragon Backup and Recovery 12 Compact is a simple and powerful backup and recovery solution to secure stand-alone Windows desktops and laptops. It quickly backs up your files and folders, operating system or even your entire hard disk to any storage you choose. Compact edition ensures that your system and valuable data are protected and can be restored in case of any disaster! Now supports Windows 8 and the latest HDD standards!

Key Features:

Support for the latest HDD standards. Enjoy support for AFD (Advanced Format Drive), 2TB+ and non-512B sector size drives.
Boot Corrector. Powerful utility that recovers the operating system’s startup ability.
Selective Restore. Extract individual files and folders from an archive without restoring an entire image. Use the Restore Wizard and simply check the files that you’d like to restore.
Partition alignment for bare metal restore. Partition alignment during restoring to new hard drives ensures that there will be no performance loss due to incorrect partition alignment.
Smart Backup Wizard. Easily secure valuable data without additional configurations.
Encrypted Backup. To avoid unauthorized access to your backup files, you can easily encrypt them within our backup wizards.
Limitations: Paragon Boot Media Builder (stand-alone wizard that helps to prepare a WinPE-based bootable environment) is not available, but you can create and use Linux/DOS-based Recovery media with built-in Recovery Media Builder.

Technical Support: During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible."

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Make Use of Giveaway - Disk Drill Pro Recovers Deleted Files On Your Mac - is having a giveaway of 25 copies of Disk Drill Pro for Mac, a deleted file recovery utility. It's an $89 value. To enter go to MakeUsOf's Facebook, Twitter stream or Google+ page. Once you get the code, scroll down or click here, enter the code and click the submit button.

There are not an infinite number of MakeUsOf members at the moment as I believe it is a young site, and even less of the users are Mac people, so you have a fair chance of winning. I won a piece of software in a similar giveaway on a few months ago.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Big News! Recoveronix Extends the Free S2SERVICES Coupon for Online Recovery Service Until May 1, 2013

11/07/2012 - Emil, the owner of Recoveronix is extending the coupon "S2SERVCES" until May 1, 2013 with their online corrupt file repair service: With the coupon, repair of files ordinarily costing $39 is free! He is doing this to see if I can steer enough traffic his way to justify extending an affiliate relationship, so use the coupon away!

To use the coupon:

1. Click the "Choose File" button.
Click the Choose File button

2. Click the green "Secure Upload and Repair" button.
Click the Secure Upload and Repair button

3. Click on the link in the upper right that says "Demo: Download demo-repaired file"
Click on the "Demo: Download demo-repaired file" Link

4. Scroll down past the Demo section to the "Full Results" section and enter the coupon code in "S2SERVICES" as written in all caps, without the quotes and press the "Submit Code" button.
Enter "S2SERVICES" and Click the "Submit Code" Button

5. Click on the file link that is under the phrase "Download Full Results" to download your hopefully repaired file. In this case the file was named "22.xlsx" so the repaired file name is "22.OfficeRecovery Online Full.xlsx"
Click on the File Link that is Under the Phrase "Download Full Results"

Good luck! If this doesn't work, try some other suggestions here: or upload a file to me for manual repair here:, I charge $22 for success but will refund your money if I don't succeed. You can also try my freeware: or

Final note: this coupon is good for all Recoveronix' online file repair service file types which is a huge variety: 

Access (mdb, mda, accdb)
Excel (xls, xlsx, xla)
Money (mny, mbf)
Lotus Notes (nsf)
QuickBooks (qbw, qba)
OneNote (one)
PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, pps)
Outlook (pst, ost)
Project (mpp)
Outlook Express (mbx, dbx)
Publisher (pub)
Word (doc, docx, rtf)
Works document (wps)
Works spreadsheet (xlr)
Works database (wdb)
Windows Backup (bkf, zip)
Access (mdb, mda, accdb)
BizTalk (mdf)
FileMaker Pro (fp5, fp7)
Interbase / Firebird (gdb, fdb)
Lotus Notes (nsf)
MySQL (myd, myi)
Project Server (mdf)
Oracle (dbf, ora, dmp)
Paradox (db)
VMWare (vhd, vmdk)
Virtual PC (vhd, vmdk)
SQL Server (mdf, ndf, bak, ldf)
Citrix Xen (xva, ova, img)
Sybase (dat)
Sun xVM (vhd, vmdk)
SQL Anywhere Server (db)
Visual FoxPro (dbf)
Photoshop (psd, pdd)
WordPerfect (wpd, rtf)
Virtual Drive (vhd, vmdk, ova)
Writer (odt)
Calc (ods)

Recoveronix also offers an even larger set of commercial software for your recovery needs. It won't be free but they are among the bests bets out there and of course you can always try a demo for free fist to see if the software works. Here is a full list of software they provide, which you can get to by clicking on the links: 

Rescue Partitions with GParted - "GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.

With GParted you can resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss, enabling you to:
  • Grow or shrink your C: drive
  • Create space for new operating systems
  • Attempt data rescue from lost partitions"


GParted enables you to easily manage your disk partitions:
  • Create partition tables, (e.g., msdos or gpt)
  • Create, move, copy, resize, check, label, set new UUID, and delete partitions
  • Enable and disable partition flags, (e.g., boot or hidden)
  • Align partitions to mebibyte (MiB) or traditional cylinder boundaries
  • Attempt data rescue from lost partitions
GParted works with the following storage devices:
  • Hard disk drives (e.g., SATA, IDE, and SCSI)
  • Flash memory devices, such as USB memory sticks and Solid State Drives (SSD's)
  • RAID Devices (hardware RAID, motherboard BIOS RAID, and Linux software RAID)
  • All sector sizes (e.g., devices with 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 byte sectors and more)
  • GParted supports the following actions on file systems:
    File systemDetectReadCreateGrowShrinkMoveCopyCheckLabelUUIDRequired software
    btrfssupportedsupportedsupportedsupported [2]supported [2]supportedsupportedsupportedsupported[10]not supportedbtrfs-tools
    crypt-lukssupportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supportednot supported
    exfatsupported [9]not supportednot supported.pngnot supportednot supportedsupportedsupportednot supportednot supportednot supported
    ext4supported [7]supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportede2fsprogsv1.41+
    fat16supportedsupportedsupportedsupported [4]supported [4]supported[13]supportedsupportedsupported [6]supported [6]dosfstools
    fat32supportedsupportedsupportedsupported [4]supported [4]supported[13]supportedsupportedsupported [6]supported [6]dosfstools
    hfssupportedsupportedsupportednot supportedsupported [4]supportedsupportednot supportednot supportednot supportedhfsutils
    hfs+supportedsupportedsupportednot supportedsupported [4]supportedsupportedsupportednot supportednot supportedhfsprogs
    jfssupportedsupportedsupportedsupported [2]not supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedjfsutils
    linux-swapsupportednot supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednot supportedsupported [8]supported [8]util-linux
    lvm2 pvsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportednot supportedsupportednot supportednot supportedlvm2
    nilfs2supported [12]supportedsupportedsupported [2]supported [2]supportedsupportednot supportedsupportedsupportednilfs-utils
    ntfssupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported [1]supportedsupportedsupported [11]ntfs-3g /ntfsprogs
    reiser4supportedsupportedsupportednot supportednot supportedsupportedsupportedsupportednot supportednot supportedreiser4progs
    ufssupportednot supportednot supported.pngnot supportednot supportedsupportedsupportednot supportednot supportednot supported
    xfssupportedsupportedsupportedsupported [2]not supported [3]supportedsupported [5]supportedsupportedsupportedxfsprogs, xfsdump

    [1] Copy performed using ntfsclone command.
    [2] You need kernel support for this file system if you want to grow it (or shrink if shrink is supported).
    [3] Although it's not possible to shrink an xfs file system directly, you can shrink it using GParted's copy functionality.
    [4] Native available through libparted (versions < 3.0 or versions > 3.0). For example libparted-3.1.
    [5] Copy performed using xfsdump and xfsrestore.
    [6] Requires mtools to read and write labels and UUIDs.
    [7] The blkid command from e2fsprogs v1.41+ is required for ext4 detection.
    [8] The swaplabel command from util-linux v2.18+ is required to write labels and UUIDs on linux-swap.
    [9] The blkid command from util-linux v2.18+ is required for exfat detection.
    [10] Requires btrfs-tools version released after Oct. 25, 2011 to write labels.
    [11] Requires ntfs-3g advanced release version >= 2012.1.15AR to change UUID. Thentfs-3g stable version 2012.1.15 does not yet support changing NTFS UUID.
    [12] The blkid command from util-linux v2.20+ or libparted 2.4+ is required for nilfs2 detection.
    [13] Native available through libparted < 3.0. Move performed internally by GParted for libparted >= 3.0."

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