Sunday, February 24, 2013

Giveaway of the Day - File Uneraser - Free Only Today


http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/file-uneraser/ - "Recover Lost Files and Deleted Documents from Recycle Bin, USB Flash and Removable Media.

RaidLabs File Uneraser reliably recovers deleted files and documents, undeletes digital pictures, music, videos, RAR and ZIP archives. The file recovery tool can undelete entire folders. This file recovery software can help in cases when anything else is helpless.

Key features:

undelete all types of files;
unerase deleted documents, pictures, emails, archives, audio and video files;
undelete files from emptied recycle bin;
recover data from FAT and NTFS partitions;
perform comprehensive recovery by scanning the entire volume;
undelete files from NTFS disks even in older versions of Windows;
preview deleted files." - Free today only. Giveaway of the day.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Free Only Today: BYclouder Data Recovery Pro will help you to recover lost data and files from any storage device


http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/byclouder-data-recovery-pro/ - "Recover lost data and files from any storage device. The main function of this program is to recover lost files, including audio/video, documents and archives, from any storage device: hard drive, CD-ROM, digital camera memory card, etc. BYclouder Data Recovery Pro ignores the file system layer and recover from the media layer directly. Thus even if the file system has been severely damaged or formatted, it can still work.

Features:

Works with FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ ext3/ ext4 file system, HFS +.
Supports most popular file formats. More than 400 kinds of file extensions (about 225 files family).
Multimedia: video / audio / picture formats – over 150 file extentions!
Office software: Microsoft/ Adobe/ OpenOffice, etc. – more than 40 file extensions!
Supports ordinary files – more than 200 file extensions!" Free as in freeware but only today at Giveaway of the Day.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Blurb Including Advice I Give to User Who Send Me a Corrupt XLSX Files That I Can't Recover

I have a form where users can pay $22 with PayPal and send me a corrupt file such as a corrupt Word file. Here is the advice I give when I can't usefully recover anything from a XLSX file:


"Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the file you sent only has a small part that was recoverable. I'm refunding you $17, $5 is the fee I take for the analysis. What I was able to recover is attached.
All may not be lost though. My suggestion to you is to:

Search for temporary, deleted or lost versions of your file with:
  • Recuva is excellent freeware for recovering lost, deleted or temp versions of files.
  • RecoverMyFiles is an excellent commercial program. Try the demo first.
  • Excel Regenerator, as far I know this program works like the two above programs and is also commercial like RecoverMyFiles.
  • PC Inspector File Repair  may work like the three pieces of software above and is also freeware like Recuva. However it only works on doc, xls and ppt files not docx, xlsx or pptx.
You can also find previous versions of your file by:
  • Right clicking on the file in Explorer (or My Computer), choosing "Properties", then the "Previous versions" tab if you have it and finally clicking on a found earlier version of the file and the "Restore" button. If you have Vista Home Basic or Premium, you probably won't have this choice on your right click menu unless if you are using it in a school or business and the IT department has turn on the feature at the server. Sometimes they even turn on Previous Version Recovery for their XP Pro machines although I'm not sure the two pieces of freeware that follow would work the same way as the previous versions are probably store on the server.
  • Shadow Explorer - If you have Vista Home Basic or Premium the previous versions of the files might still be there as Restore Point snapshots on your hard drive and you can use this freeware to find out.
If you are able to recover a temporary or deleted version of your file and that is corrupt too, you can send the file to me again or also try these commercial solutions with your temporary or deleted version of your file:
  • Repair Corrupted File Online - Use the coupon "S2SERVICES" without the quotes for a free recovery. Emil from Recoveronix is letting me use this code for free recovery for my customers until May 1, 2013. 
  • Recovery for Excel - Commercial software from Recoveronix again for recovery of corrupt files locally. 
  • ExcelFix - another piece of commercial software for recovery of corrupt files locally.
  • Excel Recovery is more freeware for xls and xlsx. It brings into one place and allows you to easily implement most of Microsoft's recommended recovery methods.
  • Corrupt Office Salvager even more freeware that works with xls and xlsx also updated but only occasionally works.
Here is some additional advice that might help you recover previous version files or help you open them if you find them:
Good luck. Sorry you are having this problem and that I couldn't have been more help if I wasn't."

Blurb Including Advice I Give to User Who Send Me a Corrupt DOCX Files That I Can't Recover

I have a form where users can pay $22 with PayPal and send me a corrupt file such as a corrupt Word file. Here is the advice I give when I can't usefully recover anything from a DOCX file:

"Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the file you sent only has a small part that was recoverable. I'm refunding you $17, $5 is the fee I take for the analysis. What I was able to recover is attached.


All may not be lost though. My suggestion to you is to:
Good luck. Sorry you are having this problem and that I couldn't have been more help if I wasn't."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Only Today - Giveaway of the Day - Easy Drive Data Recovery

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/easy-drive-data-recovery - "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. All the recoverable data can be previewed and the trial version is designed to let the potential customer know in advance whether their data can be recovered." Free only today at Giveaway of the day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Only Today - Giveaway of the Day - Aiseesoft iTunes Backup Genius

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/aiseesoft-itunes-backup-genius/ - "Aiseesoft iTunes Backup Genius is a professional recovery tool for all iOS devices. It can retrieve data file from iTunes backup for iPhone/ iPad/ iPod you deleted or lost. You can recover 12 types of deleted or lost files before from iTunes backup file including video, audio, image, message, notes and contact, etc. You can preview lost files (image/ video/ audio/ contacts/ SMS, etc) and choose files before recovery.

The main features include:

Retrieve data from iTunes backup for all iOS devices.
Recover data including Video, Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Contacts, Messages, Messages Attachments, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Voice Memos, Safari Bookmark, etc.
Allow to preview lost files and choose files before recovery.
Support all versions of iPhone/ iPad/ iPod (Only for iOS device)" - Free as in Freeware, only today at Giveaway of the day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Repair station

http://hdd-tools.com/products/rrs/ - "Overview
With Repair Station you can remove unknown ATA-passwords; both security levels (High and Maximum) are supported.

ATA Passwords

Almost all laptops and some modern desktop computers have the ability to lock a hard disk drive with an ATA password so that hard drive remains inaccessible until the correct password is entered. Manufacturers can call this technology fancy names (for example, HP calls it DriveLock), but the name does not really matter – it is still the same algorithm described in the ATA/ATAPI standard.
Once set, the password is stored inside of the hard drive's Firmware Area (which is located on the platters), and therefore it cannot be removed by swapping the circuit board. And, since the Firmware Area cannot be read with any widely available software, the password cannot be easily read or removed.
Repair Station has the ability to access the Firmware Area and reset the password, thus making your hard drive unlocked. Unlocking process is done automatically and takes just a few minutes.
Since Repair Station does not alter partitions or file systems, it is absolutely safe to your data."

Free Only Today: Giveaway of the Day - EaseUS Partition Master Professional 9.2.1 - Includes a Partition Recovery Wizard

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/easeus-pm-pro-921/ - "EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition is an ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management utility. It allows you to extend partition, especially for system drive, settle low disk space problem, manage disk space easily on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Windows 7 SP1/ Windows 8.

The most popular hard disk management functions are brought together with powerful data protection including: Partition Manager, Disk and Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard." Giveaway of the day. Free for only today.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

EaseUS Partition Recovery

http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/ - "EaseUS Partition Recovery, a free and easy-to-use partition recovery software to recover deleted or lost partition, takes up one of the best partition recovery software for you to keep owing to the following features:

Free for both home and commercial users.
Use it with ease: a wizard interface walks you through all the partition recovery process.
Recover deleted or lost partition quickly and easily.
Offer several optional scan areas helps locate the lost partition quickly.
Support FAT, NTFS, Ext2/Ext3 file system.
Support IDE / ATA / SATA / SCSI drives.
Bootable disk based on WinPE
Support Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7. Go to Data Recovery for Mac."

How to extract text from XML files

Here is a neat trick: to extract text from an XML file, change the extension to htm or html and open in your default browser. Hit Ctrl-A to highlight all the text, then paste into Notebook or Word and voila, you have extracted the text :-).

Removing a Bios - CMOS Password - Free Article

http://www.dewassoc.com/support/bios/bios_password.htm "Unfortunately, access to computers can, at times, be blocked for all of t...