Friday, December 27, 2013

7-Data Recovery Suite 2.3 - Giveaway of the Day

"Complete and capable data recovery software for rescuing files under almost any conditions including: accidentally deleted files; damaged or formatted hard drive; lost/deleted partition; photo or video lost from local drive, memory card or camera; file lost from mobile phones, etc.
Key features:
Recover data from both local drives and mobile storage devices;
Recover documents, emails, photos, videos, audio files and more;
Mobile phone recovery on Windows.
NOTE: this software includes 1 year license."
Only a 30% thumbs up. Free as in freeware only today from 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Recover Data From Formatted, Damaged and Corrupted Flash Drives and Memory Cards With Flash Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"SoftOrbits Flash Recovery can recover data from any type of storage media (music sticks, digital cameras, flash drives, USB drives, PC cards, etc). This tool restores all corrupted and deleted photos, documents, mp3 and other files even if a memory card was re-formatted. The built-in visual pre-recovery preview displays the content of recoverable files before you save them on a disk, allowing you to pick the latest versions of documents or the least corrupted version of a file from the list.
You do not need to set any options – the entire process is done automatically with a built-in photo recovery wizard.
Key Features:
  • Recover all types of files from all kinds of flash media;
  • Recover data from USB flash drives and all types of memory cards;
  • Recover information from some digital cameras and audio players directly (via a USB cord);
  • Preview and recover JPEG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, GIF, TGA and other image formats;
  • Preview and recover RAW images (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, RAW and others)."
42% thumbs up, which isn't too bad...Free as in freeware, only today from

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Edition of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition
"Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition recovers deleted files, even if you've emptied the Recycling Bin or deleted them directly (and provided they haven't been securely deleted with multiple passes). It can recover data from your hard drive, USB drives, memory cards, and other storage devices. It's compatible with dynamic disks and all Windows file systems, from FAT to NTFS and EXT, and it can skip bad sectors automatically for quicker scanning. Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is fully functional freeware with a 1GB recovery limit that serves as a trial for a paid upgrade. The latest version of Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition sports an improved user interface and Windows 8 compatibility.
True to its name, Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is a wizard-based utility, starting with three simple choices: Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery, and Partition Recovery. It has an excellent Help file, too. It's easy to see the program in action; if you don't have files to recover, make some. That's what we did, copying data from a USB drive, deleting it, and emptying the Recycle Bin before starting the Deleted File Recovery Wizard.
The tool's first screen let us search for a lost file automatically or by file type and also opt to ignore bad sectors. Easeus Data Recovery Wizard quickly found the files in automatic mode, displaying its results in a separate, tabbed File Preview window. We selected the files we wanted to recover and pressed Next. We chose an output directory from a screen that displayed available drive capacity -- a nice touch. The recovery operation finished almost immediately. We clicked on the drive link in the notification screen, and the destination folder opened with our recovered data intact and available.
Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is a capable performer, even with the 1GB limit. Most users probably want to recover a specific piece of data, like a file or folder that was deleted accidentally. If you've deleted something you meant to keep, try the free tool first. If you need more, you don't have to download or scan your system again but can upgrade Easeus Data Recovery Wizard in place.
Read more: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition - Free download and software reviews - CNET"
This software is well liked on where it has both an editor and user rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which is quite good especially for a recovery program. Note only the first 1 GB of files is recoverable, which is good enough for a lot of people. This is essentially a limited trial version of a program but with a generous limitation.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Free As In Freeware Only Today - Kvisoft Data Recovery for Recovering Deleted, Formatted and Lost Data
"Kvisoft Data Recovery provides you an easy way to recover deleted, formatted and lost data within only a few mouse clicks. It can help you get lost files back from various kinds of storage media such as computer hard disks, CD/DVD, USB, SD card, memory card, optical discs, mobiles, media players like MP3/MP4, Android devices, iOS devices(iPhone, iPad, iPod) and etc.
Besides, it allows you restore all types of common files like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, images, videos, audios, ZIP, Rar, HTML, graphics and etc on Windows.
Key features:
  • Read-only and safe tool for recovering lost files;
  • Supports restoring files from various devices like hard drives, mobiles, iOS devices, memory cards and etc.;
  • Formatted, deleted, corrupt and other lost files can be recovered;
  • Recover files of various types such as documents, photographs, movies, music, archives and etc.;
  • Scan files in 3 different modes: Quick Recovery, Deep Scan and Raw Recovery;
  • Support previewing undamaged scanning results such as images, videos, audio files, PDF, documents and etc.
Kvisoft Co. also provides special discounts for all GOTD users. You can get Kvisoft Data Recovery for Mac, Flipbook Maker, Flipbook Maker Pro and SWF to Video Converter at the best price."
Has a high thumbs up rating for data recovery programs of 51%. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Giveaway of the Day - Recover Lost and Accidentally Deleted Files and Data from Your computer With Reincubate Recover Files

"The Reincubate Recover Files software can recover deleted pictures, videos, documents and other files, even after the recycle bin has been emptied. After a deep scanning process, Reincubate Recover Files detects the lost data, after which it is able to restore it to a location of your choice.
Key Features:

  • Recovers files like photos, videos, documents or any other deleted file even if the Windows Recycle Bin has been emptied;
  • Recovers from corrupted or reformatted disks;
  • Restores deleted or corrupted files from your NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 or Flash drive;
  • Recovers files that were accidentally deleted by pressing “Shift + Del”;
  • Recovers folder structure;
  • Runs a deep scan for a full sweep of your system and recovers more files than normal scan."
28% approval rating :-(. 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Giveaway of the Day - Aiseesoft FoneLab Recovers Lost and Deleted data from iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4
"Aiseesoft FoneLab can directly recover the lost and deleted data from iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4 without iTunes backup files. Also, it can help you regain lost data from iTunes backup for all iOS devices including iPhone 5s/5c/5/4S, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The New iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5.
So if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is accidentally crashed, smashed, broken or lost, you can retrieve data by this iPhone Data Recovery software. Moreover, this software can rescue your iOS device data lost due to jailbreak, iOS upgrade, etc. With this Data Recovery software for iOS device, it is an easy thing to recover Photos, Videos, Contacts, SMS, Call History, Memos, Calendars, and even Safari Bookmarks.
Key Features:
  • Get back 12 types of data directly from iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4;
  • Directly recover 7 kinds of files from iPhone 5s/5c/5/4S, iPad 4/3/2/mini and iPod touch 5;
  • Extract 11 types of data from iTunes backup for all iOS Devices;
  • Preview lost files before recovery.
Additional event:
Aiseesoft provides 50% off coupon code: AISEGMD (apply to recommended products and other products) for all GOTD users."
Free as in freeware only today from giveawayofthe The software gets a 68% thumbs up which is very high for a recovery program.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Appnimi PDF Password Kit – Free
"Appnimi PDF Password Kit is an easy to use PDF locking cum unlocking suite. With its easy to use interface you can lock or unlock any PDF file with one click. With the shortcuts added by the installer it is easily accessible.

  • Lock any PDF files with a password
  • Unlock a password protected PDF file
  • Full Install and Uninstall using the setup exe
  • Easy to use user interface
  • Window shortcuts for easy access"
The free version only works to files 100K in size. Note the installer tries to slam install a junk search provider and additionally might go through declinable adware offers.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

M3 FileRescuer Free
"Deleted, Formatted, or Inaccessible? Get it all back now.
M3 FileRescuer Free provides safe, fast and total recovery.
M3 FileRescuer Free, safe and effective Windows data recovery software, retrieves your deleted videos, photos, music, documents, emails, etc. from your PC's hard drive as well as from USB drives, external hard drives, SD card, CF card, memory card and other storage media.
Recover 1GB files for free.
600+ File Formats Supported: Photos, videos, music, docs, emails, .zip, etc.
Any Data Loss Situation: Recover deleted, formatted, or otherwise inaccessible files.
Support 2TB+ hard drive
Not Just for Hard Drives: Recover from USB drives, external hard drives, SD card, CF card, memory card and more.
100% safe. This Windows data recovery program works without any damage to your data.
Preview before Recovery: Preview Common file formats, including BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG, JPG, TXT, etc.
Easy to Use: Retrieve data within only 3 simple steps and no prior recovery experience required. The friendly Wizard Mode recovery enables beginners to recover lost files by answering only two questions."
Yet another unknown to me company. I'm finding these by going through Avangate's affiliate offerings for the word "recover". 

Repair Crw Photos - Crw Photo Fixer - by Meetsoft
"According to the file format specification, Canon Crw Raw image files are parsed from their file ending. Because of the file size of Crw files cannot be taken by parsing data structure, it is very likely the file size is incorrect if a Crw file is recovered by file recovery softwares. Photo viewers cannot open Crw files with incorrect file size.
Crw Photo Fixer is a freeware. It was developed to calculate the file size of canon Crw photo files, and it will correct the file size if the data of Crw files are intact."
Another new to me data recovery company.

BYclouder Data Recovery Free
"Recover lost data and files,it is free edition.
This is a free data recovery tool and can restore lost/deleted files from storage device, including audio/video files, Adobe files,office documents,archives,etc.
Note: It is free,but you only recover 2GB file size,just enjoy it.
File system:
FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4 file system, HFS +.
Device Support :
  • Hard Disk 
  • Pen Drive 
  • Digital Camera 
  • CF card 
  • Memory Stick 
  • Secure Digital 
  • Smart Media Card 
  • Micro drive 
  • MMC 
  • USB memory drive 
 System Requirements:
  •   Windows 8/7/XP/Vista 32/64 bit.
  •   Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  •   Linux Mint,Red Hat,Ubuntu,Fedora,openSUSE,Debian,etc,32/64 bit."
A new to me company. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Diagnosing and Fixing Dead USB Ports - A MakeUseOf Article
"Did you plug a USB drive into your computer yesterday, but today it doesn’t show up? Yet that drive works in the other USB ports on your computer. The problem may be the port! This is one of those computer issues that happens so rarely, we tend to blame the USB drive itself; just plug it in somewhere else and carry on. However, USB devices are still on the rise in popularity and show no signs of slowing down. USB flash drives, USB chargers for your phone, USB to connect your iPod, USB coffee warmers, USB is everywhere! So you NEED all your ports working. Here’s what you can do to check out your USB port and some tips on fixing it..."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Giveaway of the Day - Easy Archive Recovery 2.0 - Freeware Only Available Today
"Easy Archive Recovery is a marvelous tool for recovering both ZIP and RAR archive types. It supports files, created in RAR, WinRar, WinZip, PKZIP, InfoZip, 7-Zip and other popular utilities. The files can be deleted or damaged, the storage device can be formatted but your files can still be recovered.
With Raw Search technology, the program finds and restores broken archives even on severely corrupted hard drives, memory cards or flash disks and recovers maximum possible data. It has a Recovery Wizard built in as well as a preview tool that shows files before the recovery and tells a user if they can be restored. No knowledge is needed for archive repair, just following the instructions on the screen is enough. Both professional and amateur users will be amazed at how much data the program can bring back in just a little time."
Has the normal low 38% thumbs up rating for a data recovery program.Note if you intend to use this in a business or as a technician you should buy those licenses which are available at a discount today only too. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

iPhone, iPad and iPod Recovery Program from Easus Fee as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"EaseUS MobiSaver is an easy, fast and one click iPhone data recovery solution. With it, you can retrieve lost or deleted data like contacts, sms from iPhone, iPad, iPod ect iOS device. EaseUS MobiSaver supports two recovery models: directly recover data from iOS device, or extract backup data from iTunes.
  • Supporst most ios devices: iPhone 5s/5c/4S/4/3GS, iPad3/1, iPad mini, iPod touch.;
  • Supports data recovery after jailbreak, iOS upgrade, device lost or broken, formated, crashed;
  • Can recover lost contacts, SMS, call history, notes, photos, videos, MMS,etc."
38% thumbs up rating which is not too bad for data recovery programs :-). Free as in freeware only today so download and install before midnight.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Final Cut Remover - Mac Uninstall Freeware

"FCS Remover allows you to uninstall all Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Server or Final Cut Pro X components with the press of a button.
Apple does not offer an official uninstaller, making removing or downgrading to an earlier version very difficult. Simply deleting the Final Cut Studio application icons does not remove the suite, nor does it make it possible to reinstall it again. FCS Remover allows you to quickly and easily uninstall Final Cut Studio either permanently or in order to reinstall an earlier version over the top.
For comprehensive maintenance and troubleshooting of your editing system, download Pro Maintenance Tools.
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Final Cut Express
  • Final Cut Server
  • Motion
  • Motion 5
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Compressor
  • Compressor 4
  • Color
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • LiveType
  • Cinema Tools
  • Batch Monitor
  • Qmaster
Please note that the software allows you to specifically select which components you wish to remove.
It also removes preference files, installer receipts, documentation, codecs, frameworks and content folders (LiveFonts, sound effects, templates, etc).
Your projects, render files, captured footage
Please note that some files may not be removable from your system.
Digital Rebellion LLC is not affiliated with Apple Inc. and this software is neither supported nor endorsed by Apple."

Mac Video Editing Software Repair Freeware - Compressor Repair
"Compressor Repair checks for problems that could be preventing Compressor from operating correctly. It checks for missing files, incorrect permissions, an invalid hostname, and attempts to manually start the qmasterd process.
Apple's Compressor relies heavily on the Qmaster service in order to work. Qmaster allows you to split rendering tasks across multiple machines in a render farm but it is still required even if you are only rendering on a single computer.
The link between the two is so important that if the Qmaster service fails to launch, Compressor will be unable to submit batches.
For comprehensive maintenance and troubleshooting of your editing system, download Pro Maintenance Tools.
  • Checks for missing Qmaster files.
  • Checks for incorrect permissions and fixes them.
  • Resets Qmaster.
  • Clears caches.
  • Clears the queue and history.
  • Manually launches qmasterd.
  • Checks for invalid hostnames.
  • Relaunches Qmaster menu bar icon.
  • Re-enables Qmaster startup item if previously disabled by user.
  • Checks for missing local hostname and computer name.
  • Trashes Compressor preferences (optional)."

How to Make a Batch File With TRID to Check if a Bunch of DOCX Files Are Worth Trying to Recover

Here are details of how to make a batch file for Marco Pontello's TRID utility to check your corrupt DOCXs files to see if they are worth trying to recover. The method of analysis is useful for corrupt DOC, XLS, XLSX, PPT and PPTX files too.
    1. Move all your corrupt files into one folder. 

    2. At the end of the this main page on Marco Pontello's site,, download "Win32 TrID v2.10, 29KB ZIP" and the "TrIDDefs.TRD package, 665KB ZIP". Unzip the two zip files and copy the two main files, the exe and the triddefs.trd files, into your corrupt file folder.
      3. Hold down the Shift key and right-click in Windows Explorer, in the folder in white space, when no files are selected to get a choice on the right click menu "Open command window here" and select the choice:
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      4. In the command window type this command "dir > corrupt-list.txt" and hit return to create a list of your corrupt files in a text file called corrupt-list.tx.

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      5. In your folder open corrupt-list.txt. Hit Ctl-A and then Ctl-C to copy the file contents to your clipboard.

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      6. Open and new Excel file and paste the clipboard contents in cell A1.

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      7. Select the Data menu and make the choice in the middle of the toolbar or old menu to make your data formatted from "Text to Columns".

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      8. Accept the default radio button position of fixed width or select it if it has not been selected and click next.

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      9. For all the thin black vertical printing arrow except the one furthest to the right, click on them with your left mouse button, hold down the button and then make a movement up and to the right right and then release the mouse button, this should make them disappear so you are left with only one thin upward black arrow.

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      10. Scroll on the right until you start seeing data. Click on your left mouse button and hold it down again and gingerly move the last arrow so it is just before the names of the files in your corrupt file folder and let go of your mouse button. Also then click the Next button on the lower right.

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      11. On the next window that appears, in the upper right click move the radio button to "Do not import." This will have the effect of eliminating all the data from your worksheet that appears to the left of the thin vertical black arrow. You don't have to do anything more, just click the finish button.

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      12. Remove the first few row of resulting data that don't have names of files in them by highlighting then right clicking on the row labels of your worksheet and choosing delete.

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      13. There are some extra couple of rows at the end which don't contain data and your text file row which is not a name of an actual corrupt file which you should delete too. 

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      14. Double click on the line between column A and B so the column size increases to fit the names of the files. Now you are going to make a batch file. In cell B1 put this formula including the equal sign and copy it to the bottom of the column until the last row where there is a corrupt file name:

      ="trid.exe """ & A1 & """"

      15. Open up a blank notepad text file and copy and paste the resulting column B of cells from Excel to your text file. 

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      16. Change the Save as Type drop-down box from Text Documents (*.txt), to All files (*.*) and then save the file in your corrupt file folder with the name something like: trid.bat. Make sure the file ends in the ".bat" extension.

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      17. Run you batch file and send the results into a new text file: say by putting this in at the hopefully still open command line: "trid.bat > corruptFileIDs.txt", without the quotes of course.

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      18. Open your newly created report text file, I called mine corruptFileIDs.txt. Any file that has any part docx, doc, ole or zip format is worth working on with software or services mentioned in this blog.

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      19. If you run the batch file and you get a response of anything like this:  "80.0% (.DOC) Microsoft Word document (32000/1/3) 20.0% (.) Generic OLE2 / Multistream Compound File (8000/1)", the file might just be a DOC one instead of a DOCX. Try changing the extension to .doc. 

      If that doesn't work, keeping in mind that doc files store text in an uncoded format open the files up in NotePad and look for plain text. The text is stored toward the end in a healthy doc one.

      You can also change the extension to doc and use the free text extractor RepairMyWord: If the file is a docx one and has a partial or full zip structure you won't see much with RepairMyWord.

      Thursday, September 26, 2013

      Nice Article Via MakeUseOf Regarding Restoring Deleted Files

      "One of Windows’ biggest flaws could be your rescue, should you ever accidentally delete an important file: The Windows file system does not actually delete files. Until they are overwritten, deleted files can be restored.
      So you just completed that thesis paper and accidentally sent it to the land of erased files and destroyed dreams? Maybe you lost all of the photos from your three-month summer vacation – not quite as devastating as a deleted thesis paper, but painful nonetheless. Or perhaps the file you deleted wasn’t so important but you want it back anyway. The files may not be in your Recycle Bin but there’s still hope for you yet.
      For those of you on Windows, there are some tools out there that can restore deleted files and do so with a pretty good success rate, so take a deep breath and relax. Give these tools a go and see if you can’t bring your lost data back from the grave. Not on Windows? There are platform-specific tools for you, too, but Pandora Recovery will be the only option on this list that pertains to you..."
      Of course backups are most important. Also for restoring Previous version of files look at my Previous Version Recoverer and the freeware Shadow Explorer. They both work not only with Windows 7 but with all versions of Vista and Windows 8.

      Tuesday, September 24, 2013

      List of Free Resource for Fixing or Recovering Text from Corrupt MS Word Files - Mostly DOCX Ones, Some DOC Resources Too

      I've been working in the past few days on a Word file with an error: "Unspecified error Location: Part/word/document.xml,Line:2, Column: 0". I've uncovered some free tools and nice articles on how to fix various kinds of Word errors, not just that one. Also to make the list complete I've added some links mentioned in posts here before.
      • Apparently the best advice about Word corruption is to install the latest Service Pack. Word 2007 is up to Service Pack 3. Word 2010 is up to Service Pack 2. There has not been a service pack released for Office 2013 yet. I'm not sure I understand it correctly but installing the latest service packs may be enough to fix corrupted documents.
      • - command line program used by several of my GUI programs which has a feature for recovering text from corrupt docx, xlsx, pptx, odt, ods and odp files (the last three being the Open Office extensioned files).
      • - member chrima mentions an algorithm for correcting Table of Content errors, that used to appear I think in Word 2007 before one of the Office Services Packs fixed it. If anybody knows that the TOC document.xml errors are still occurring let me know. In the same thread, member Ben3DX offers some Python code to automate the process. I will try to implement both their ideas in my code.
      • - Microsoft Mr. Fixit that is supposed to be fixed by Office 2010 SP1. If you are getting "The name in the end tag of the element must match the element type in the start tag." and your Word document has math formulas, this might fix it (or update to Office 2010 SP1).
      • - probably the hotfix most relevant to users with "Unspecified error Location: Part/word/document.xml,Line:2, Column: 0" errors. These are apparently sometimes or always papers with math formulas in them as well. The download button is up at the top of the page.
      • - the list of my free software, many of which will recover text and some try formatting too. The text extraction abilities are stronger than the various software's ability recover text and formatting. The programs that recover formatting use the overkill method of truncating at the first XML error, a method I'm moving past now. Some of the GUI programs use the command line text extractors on their back ends.
      • - My blog post that details how to do truncation and XML end tag fixing on the document.xml file. This method is efficient only when the first XML error is the beginning of a truncated document.xml due to zip corruption or some other XML corruption which corrupts the XML beyond recovery starting at the error location. It tells you how to use xmllint to add the correct XML tags automatically to truncated XML files. Theoretically xmllint is supposed to fix bad XML with some intelligence say even if your XML has correct ending tags and is corrupt somewhere in the middle, however in practice it may be only useful for adding correct ending tags.
      • - they will let you recover 10 files for free if you mention their name and link from Facebook, Twitter or your blog. Their recovery algorithm works quite well.
      • - Recoveronix' Online File Recovery. One of the oldest names in the business is kindly offering a free recovery for users who go through a Demo recovery and then use the coupon code "S2SERVICES" (the name of my business :-) until Nov. 1, 2013. Often works.

      Saturday, September 21, 2013

      Helping Someone Today With A Word DOCX Document with a Lot of Math Formulas - This Article Describes a Fix for a Common Problem
      "I like Word 2007 but like all Microsoft products, it comes with the affliction of complication. Word (and the Office Open XML format) is so complicated that there are a zillion possible things that could go wrong. Chances are one of them is going to happen at some point. The moral of the story is, observe the motto of “Save Early. Save Often.” and you might avoid such a catastrophe. But if you’re lazy like me and forget to back up, this might happen.
      Word is being funny, you are messing around with equations that aren’t behaving right. You try to save and it won’t let you save for some reason. You think “Oh I’ll just restart to make Word all better again.” You restart and your effing document won’t open with an error something like:
      The Office Open XML file FileName.docx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents.
      WTF!? This was your only copy of the document! OMG! After you have taken a vallium, do the following:
      Click Details on the error dialog and note down the location of the error (e.g. /word/document.xml, Line: 2, Column: 65946)..."
      So we got an error which was very nonspecific and just said the XML problem was somewhere in line 2 of document.xml, which you might know represents 99.99% of the content any of that file. We removed the last pair of <m:ctrlPr></m:ctrlPr> and no other tags and the file opened right up with no errors. There are 902 other pairs of those tags in our file. I'm not sure why the last one is offensive.

      Monday, September 16, 2013

      Giveaway of the Day - Android Data Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only for Today
      "Tenorshare Android Data Recovery is the world’s 1st Android data recovery software. It is Windows-based Android data recovery software specially designed for you to recover contacts, messages, call history, photos, and videos from all kinds of Android phone and tablet such as Samsung, HTC One and Nexus 10 due to deleting, restoring factory settings, flashing ROM, rooting, etc.
      It is compatible with all current Android versions including Android 1.5 to 4.2.
      • Recover 5 file types: contacts, SMS, and call history from the internal storage of your Android devices, photos and videos from SD card on your Android phones or tablets;
      • Save contacts, messages, call history in .txt, .xml, .xls and keep photos and video in original formats for better viewing;
      • Recover data lost due to deleting, restoring factory settings, flashing ROM, rooting, etc;
      • Support all Android mobile phones, such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and other brands;
      • Support various kinds of tablets, including Google, Samsung, Asus, Sony, etc;
      • Support all Android device running Android 4.2 and newer, Android 3.0 to 4.1, Android 2.3 or earlier;
      • Preview lost files before recovery."
      That's what I like, data recovery freeware for new technology too, if only for a day. So far this looks pretty good with a 75% thumbs up rating, which is unusual for a data recovery program.

      Thursday, September 12, 2013

      Wise Data Recovery - Freeware for Recovering Files (Office File, Email, Images etc.) That Have Been "Permanently" Deleted

      "Wise Data Recovery is a free data recovery program. It can recover files (photo, word, email, txt, etc.) that have been "permanently" deleted and marked as free space by the operating system. The program can also be used to recover files deleted from USB flash drives, memory cards, or MP3 players.
      Language packs What's New?
      Why choose Wise Data Recovery?
      Free of charge
      Wise Data Recovery is one of the excellent freeware from Users can use it, update it and get technical support about it for free.
      Easy to use
      The operation is easy and simple. By several clicks only, you can search and recover the lost data.
      Quick and Safe
      Wise Data Recovery can search and recover the lost data quickly, accurately and safely.
      Able to recover various types of files and different devices
      The types of files that can be recovered by Wise Data Recovery include image, document, audio, video, compressed file and email. And the devices that can be recovered include local drive, USB, camera, memory card, removable devices and so on.
      Show instructive scan results
      Wise Data Recovery will indicate the data as "Good", "Poor", "Very Poor", or "Lost" in the scan results to show whether they are able or suitable to be recovered."
      Seems like a major brand. Funny I wasn't aware of them before... 

      How to Restore SMS Text Messages Only to iPhone (iTunes Without Jailbreak)

      Photo by Patrick Hoesly
      "Over time, iPhone may have accumulated many junks, useless apps, messy settings or configurations, and may have slow down significantly or slower compared to brand new phone. Most Apple fans will probably upgrade to new generation of iPhone when new model is available, or getting a new replacement or refurbished iPhone, or has decided to restore iPhone back to original factory default condition.
      In any case, when iPhone user tries to restore from backup using iTunes, all contents and settings from the previous phone, or from the state of last backup created in the sync with iTunes prior to restore will be restored. The items that are restored include contacts, calenders, notes, SMS text messages, camera rolls (photos) and settings.
      SMS history or text messages history is important for some people who may want to refer to it in future, especially when iTunes and iPhone sync allows virtually years of SMS text messages to be backed up and restored, effectively retained all messages even if you upgrade (or change) to new iPhone.
      If you have decided that you want to start from fresh and clean state on the iPhone, and only want text messages (SMSes) to be restored to the phone, here’s the hack to restore only SMS (text messages) onto the iPhone which is new or freshly restored to original factory settings iPhone, with just iTunes, without the need to jailbreak the phone. Many jailbreakers have manually SSH into jailbroken iPhone to copy sms.db located in /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS folder to backup the complete SMS database. However, if you don’t manage to backup to iTunes or backup the sms.db before changing or wiping out iPhone, or you can’t or don’t jailbreak, try the following trick instead..."
      Hovsep seem to explain here a method for recovering iPhone SMS messages when you delete them accidentally. I don't think this article provides it. I think it just helps you transfer the SMS text messages between phones.

      Monday, September 09, 2013

      Internet Explorer Weighed Down With Too Many Toolbars and Other Junk? You Can Reset It
      "You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC. This can be useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings changed after installation. Resetting Internet Explorer isn't reversible, and all previous settings are lost after the reset.
      To have us reset Internet Explorer settings for you, go to the "Reset Internet Explorer for me" section. If you would rather reset Internet Explorer settings yourself, see how to do it in the "Let me reset Internet Explorer myself" section."
      Apparently Bookmarks are preserved despite what they imply. Just in case though I would export them to make a backup copy

      Sunday, September 08, 2013

      New Free Chrome App - iPhone Data Recovery

      "The World's 1st iPhone data recovery app for personal users
      How to recover data from iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 if you do not have iTunes backup? When your iPhone 4S/5 data are lost due to accidental deletion, you can now directly scan and restore data from iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
      Directly recover up to 7 file types from iPhone 4S/5: Contacts, Messages, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Safari Bookmark."
      Chrome apps might be like WIndows 8 or iPhone/iPad apps. What the difference between an app and ordinary software is, I still don't know :-(. 

      Friday, September 06, 2013

      What to Do If Your Account is Blocked

      "To help protect your Microsoft account from fraud or abuse, we temporarily block it when we detect spam or other fraudulent activity.
      Unblock your account online
      You can unblock your account from your PC. Here's how:
      1. Go to
      2. Sign in to your blocked account.
      3. Follow the instructions on the page.
      Contact support to unblock your account
      If you can't verify your account online, contact support.
      Once your account is unblocked, add a phone number to your account in case you need to verify it in the future.
      Other reasons why your account might be blocked
      There might be an issue on our end. You haven't lost any email, but we'll need to get your account info to resolve the problem. Get more help with this issue."
      I don't know about the first method since I'm sure the users are already trying that. 

      Free Only Today -fro Giveaway of the Day - Leawo Tunes Cleaner Can Fix and Clean up Music Libraries in iTunes and other Music Programs
      "Leawo Tunes Cleaner is a decent music library cleaner program that could help clean up music library effectively. Not only clean up iTunes music library, Leawo Tunes Cleaner could also fix and clean up music library outside of iTunes.
      Smart enough, this iTunes cleanup program could automatically scan iTunes or external music library to detect and display songs with incomplete music tags for fixing. Also, for funny operating, the built-in scoring system would indicate people the health level of music libraries before and after fixing. With Leawo Tunes Cleaner, a clean and tidy iTunes is just in an arm’s length.
      Key features:
      • Detect and delete song duplicates in iTunes music library and other music collections;
      • Get album artwork for iTunes music files and other music files;
      • Automatically download and add music tags like album, artist, album artwork, song name, etc.;
      • Support manual editing of music tags like album, artist, album artwork, song name, etc.;
      • Allow saving unfixed music files into a folder for future fixing;
      • Support to re-fix music files from break-point for time and energy saving;
      • Apply fixed music files to iTunes music library or original music folders in one click;
      • Automatically scan music files in problem for fixing and display all problematic music files in specific categories."
      Low 26% rating like many data recovery programs. 

      Wednesday, August 28, 2013

      kdbutl – Verify, Recover, and Optimize KitaroDB files
      "KdbUtl is a command line utility for managing KitaroDB data files, and is now included as part of the installation for KitaroDB Win32 and .NET. Note that this utility works with databases created with the KitaroDB WinRT API as well."
      If you didn't know what KitaroDB is as I didn't, "KitaroDB is a fast, efficient and scalable NoSQL database that operates natively in WinRT (Windows 8 UI), Windows Phone 8, Win32 (x86 and x64) and .NET environments." 

      Tuesday, August 27, 2013

      Free Online PDF Repair Service
      "Repair Pdf is our free pdf doctor. Do you have an important pdf but when you open it in adobe pdf reader it would say "the file is corrupted". There are a lot of reasons that a pdf file can get corrupted. Our pdf repair application looks for all possible reasons and fixes all of them. So a corrupt pdf file is fixed so that you can view it in any pdf reader. There are only very rare cases where the pdf file is corrupted beyond repair. If you have one of those files, please send them to us and we will fix it offline. Corrupt pdf files are of no use if they cannot be repaired. Our pdf fixer will repair the corrupt pdf documents and make them useful again. 
      In order to use our application all you need a browser. No need to install any software. It will work on windows or mac. Be it windows or mac, we recommend using google chrome."
      Worked immediately with the first document I tried. It looks good :-).

      Free As In Freeware Only Today - Giveaway of the Day - Easy Drive Data Recovery 3.0

      "Easy Drive Data Recovery is a supreme and mighty data recovery application that has a remarkable ability of restoring files in situations that may seem absolutely hopeless, like accidentally formatting a hard drive or having a drive corrupted because of a nasty virus or someone’s clumsy hands. While looking simple and undemanding, it’s powerful enough to restore files that aren’t even present in the file system.
      The program uses Raw Search, a special algorithm that enables finding files of almost a 100 formats. Reinstalling an operating system is no longer an obstacle on the way to successful data recovery – the program can deal with files that have been erased and deleted. It also doesn’t matter how large the hard drive is, even if it’s enormous, the search won’t take long, thanks to the built-in optimized search engines.
      To purchase a personal license with 70% discount please follow this direct link. If you’d like to purchase a business or a service license, please notify us via email:"
      Free for personal noncommercial use only. As mentioned previously I'm impressed with Munsoft's ability to uncorrupt documents and I expect this program to be equally useful. It has a 38% thumbs up rating but as often discussed, data recovery is frequently not a successful enterprise and the fault may not fall on the software but on the particular circumstance the user finds himself/herself in. 

      Note too, I purchased the commercial license to this product by accident when I meant to purchase the corrupt file recovery one and after explaining my situation Munsoft support kindly allowed me to switch licenses :-). 

      Sunday, August 25, 2013

      Fantastic Free for Now Online File Repair Service from MunSoft
      "Why Do I Need This Online Service?
      It is a web-service that you can use for free to recover damaged files. You only need to choose a file you want to recover in your browser and then press „Recover“. The file will be uploaded to our server and the data recovery process will start in just a few seconds. The recovery result will be available for download in a few moments (for almost all file types). It will contain the maximum data that can still be rescued using sophisticated professional data recovery algorithms.
       All You Need Is a Browser
      The recovery result will be available for download in a few moments (for almost all file types). It will contain the maximum data that can still be rescued using sophisticated professional data recovery algorithms.
      Professional Data Recovery Service
      MunSoft has been solving data recovery problems for the last 7 years and has created many unique state-of-the-art technologies that are used in our software to recover the maximum possible information from damaged files. Up until this point, thousands of users all around the world have used our software and appreciated excellent data recovery quality. And now we have used all of our knowledge to create this online data recovery service that can be used by people to recover damaged information with extremely efficient data recovery algorithms.
      Powered by Cloud Technologies
      The service is based on Amazon cloud technologies that make the highest scalability possible depending on users' demands. The service monitors the number of files being recovered at the same time and automatically adds computational power to the cloud infrastructure or removes it. The goal is to maximize speed and to minimize the delay time of data recovery.
       Supports Different File Types
      The service supports the data recovery of the most popular file formats. At the moment, the maximum data can be recovered from the following file types:
      • DOC, DOCX Microsoft® Word document
      • XLS, XLSX Microsoft Excel® document
      • PPT Microsoft PowerPoint® document
      • PST Microsoft Outlook® database
      • DBX Microsoft Outlook Express message base
      • MDB, ACCDB Microsoft Access database
      • RAR RAR archive
      • ZIP ZIP archive"
      Worked really well with a problematic docx recovery I was having with a customer...

      Correction, it looks like the first file is free and then you get 10 more if you share on Facebook, Twitter or your blog.

      Saturday, August 24, 2013

      Giveaway of the Day - Aidfile
      "Aidfile recovery software is an easy-to-use and powerful hard disk data recovery tool specialized in recovering files from corrupted partition table in an easy manner. It can recover files and data from FAT32 partition as well as from NTFS and EXFAT. Aidfile data recovery can recover the data if there is an error to your software. For example, partition error writing, unintentional formatting, accidentally deletion, false backup, MBR losing, bad sector of BOOT, virus attack, hacker attack, conversion error, partition logic error, logical bad sectors of hard drive, partition table lost, etc.
      Product Features:
      • Do Windows data recovery after accidental format, even if you have reinstalled Windows OS.
      • Get back files after a partitioning formatted, error or hard disk crash.
      • Recover files from lost, deleted or formatted partitions.
      • Recover deleted or lost files emptied from the recycle bin.
      • Recover lost MS Office Word and Excel documents, photos, images, videos, music, email, etc.
      • Recover lost files from hard drive, USB drive, memory card, memory stick, camera card, Zip, floppy disk or other storage media.
      • Preview lost pictures, office files, etc.
      • Recover lost files with the reason of partition software failure."
      It has a 47% thumbs up rating so far, which is good for data recovery programs. 

      Monday, August 19, 2013

      MakeUseOf User Finds Lost Files in Temp Folders After a Windows 8 Update

      "How do I recover my data after a Windows 8 update?
      Terry B asks:
      In the last week or so I have lost about 2 to 3 months of data mainly documents and photos. Windows 8 seems to have updated and my data has disappeared and it has reverted to a previous setting.
      I usually backup to an external drive but had not backed this lot up. Is there a way of recovering this data?"
      As the title says he found them in temp folders... 

      Giveaway of the Day - iTunes Data Recovery
      "Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery is the top-tier data recovery software for you to recover iPhone, iPad and iPod data by extracting iTunes backup files on PC. It can help to restore deleted or lost contacts, text messages, photos, call history, notes, Safari bookmarks, etc. even when your devices got damaged, smashed, broken or stolen.


      • Recover up to 11 types of files, including contacts, SMS text messages, photos, call history , Safari bookmarks, etc.
      • Support all iOS devices, such as iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 4/mini/3/2, iPod touch 5/4.
      • Is compatible with all iTunes versions like the newest iTunes 11.
      • Detect all iTunes backup files automatically on computer before recovery.
      • Backup all contents from iTunes backup to PC.
      • Preview and check lost data before recovery.
      • Transfer data into Excel, TXT, XML files to computer.
      • Recover lost data quickly and easily within 2 minutes."
      Only got a 26% thumbs up rating however that's par for the course I think with data recovery programs. It's often not the fault of the program but due to the non-recoverability of the file or files.

      Thursday, August 15, 2013

      Giveaway of the Day - Ashampoo GetBack Photo 1.0.1

      "Photos are full of memories and often have a priceless, sentimental value. Especially then it is painful, when one realizes that the digital photos of the own wedding, pictures of the children’s births or of the last holiday are gone and that there is no backup. With Ashampoo GetBack Photo the loss of digital photos doesn’t have to be permanent. The program enables the quick recovery of photos from different storage devices in just a few steps.
      In contrast to many conventional undeleter programs, Ashampoo GetBack Photo recovers not only photos that were deleted “normally”, but also images from storage devices that have already been formatted.
      Key features:
      Recovery of deleted or damaged image files.
      Scan of all storage devices in the system.
      Photos might even be found, after the storage device was formatted.
      Metadata is also recovered, e.g. EXIF and IPTC.
      Support of all common file formats, e.g. JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, RAW.
      Photos are also found in file formats such as PDF and Word documents.
      Display of recoverable photos as thumbnails."
      Not particularly high rated at 35% but that might reflect the low rate of possible recoveries not the effectiveness of the software. Free as in freeware only today from

      Thursday, August 01, 2013

      Cool - A Website Devoted to Cell Phone and Tablet Recovery
      This website mostly shows how to do a hard reset for phones and tablets that aren't responding. Here is how Wikipedia describes hard resets: "A hardware reset or hard reset of a computer system is a hardware operation that re-initializes the core hardware components of the system, thus ending all current software operations in the system." -

      A Positive Review of the Free Pandora Recovery - Recover Deleted and Partitioned Over Files
      "Last night I inadvertently deleted 17GB of data with a mis-press of Shift+Del, causing a classic “oh sh*t!!” moment. I’d chosen to “permanently delete” the folder, skipping the Recycle Bin and instantly freeing up some space on my drive.
      This is great when you’re playing file janitor for a day, cutting, copying and inevitably deleting files and folders you no longer need. Unfortunately getting the data back isn’t quite as easy as a trip to the Recycle Bin. You’ll need some recovery software, something like Pandora Recovery. Breathe. Relax. Let’s recover some data..."
      This program is apparently like the beloved Recuva although I';m not sure Recuva recovers partitioned over files. 

      Saturday, July 27, 2013

      Removing Opening and Write Protection from Word DOCX 2007 - 2013 Format Files
      "Just follow these steps:
      1. Rename the extension name of the document to ZIP, like as a ZIP compressed file.
      2. Double click it and open it in Windows Explorer, navigate to Word folder.
      3. Delete the Settings.xml file from the folder. And then close the Window.
      4. Rename back to DOCX file.
      5. And done. Next time when you open the same document, you will not be prompted by the password window."
      Apparently this works for both opening and write protection for Word 2007 and 2010 DOCX files. But it is only effective for write protection for DOCX Word 2013 files. Apparently for write protection for any DOC or DOCX format files you can just Select All, then copy and then paste into a new file, and there is no longer any copy protection.

      Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 - Free as in Freeware - Permanently from Hasleo Software "Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 100% Free Data Recovery Software...