Thursday, April 25, 2013

Google MS Office Viewer - Nice But Apparently Does Not Work with Windows 8
"Chrome Office Viewer (beta) is a speedy, more secure way to view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in your browser with a single click.
To open Microsoft Office files, you’d typically need to install additional software. With the Chrome Office Viewer (beta) extension, clicking an Office file on the web will open it directly in Chrome – identical to Chrome’s PDF Viewer.
Formats supported:
Try opening corrupt Office Files with this and copying the data if they open. Apparently does not work with Windows 8. It runs offline too though for non Windows 8 users :-).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Best Article I Have Seen on Drive Recovery - Advocates Using Linux Recovery Programs
"The meat of this guide describes using RIPLinux (and Linux in general) to clone a failing drive, but you can use RIPLinux (or most Linux rescue discs) and this guide to perform other data tasks such as securely wiping, data backups, or simply shuffling partitions or drive/partition images around between devices. While I typically focus on hard disks, most tools can work on any block devices supported by Linux, including USB flash drives, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, zip disks, individual disks from a RAID, and so on. Although the procedures in this article can be used to work with any platform's data (including Mac volumes if you stay at a low level) it will primarily focus on rescuing data from PCs running Microsoft Windows that have failing hard drives.
I'm also going to assume that readers of this guide don't have much prior Linux knowledge (although that is extremely helpful) so if you are a power user, try not to be offended by my hand holding."
Mostly for Windows issues. The article expertly advocates against using Spinrite and ChkDsk in favor of Linux tools. 

Sorry for the Late Notice - Freeware Just Until Midnight PST - Easy Digital Photo Recovery - Giveaway of the Day

Screenshot of recognized drives.Screenshot showing recoverable files.
"Easy Digital Photo Recovery is a photo recovery program that works with deleted photos, restoring them to their original state. This software solution supports all types of cameras and most graphic formats, like JPG, BMP, RAW, OCR and other. All storage media types can be recovered: flash cards, SD cards, hard drives etc."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Windows Defender Repair with Microsoft's Mr Fixit Mini-Application

With a good proportion of users relying on free antivirus these days such as from Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, Avast, Avira and the new Bit Defender Free version, it is important to have a spyware program running like Windows Defender.

Today I tried to start mine, but I got an error code. I think it was the code mentioned in the article: "Error Code 0x800106ba". At any rate I found the Microsoft article on the subject and ran the Mr Fixit application install. It reported the fix was unsuccesful, but in fact it worked and it restored Windows Defender.

By the way, I found out today Bit Defender now has a free version. This is great news as the pay versions at least are now the highest rated among the critics.

MakeUseOf Ask Tech Help Discussion - You Deleted Your Facebook Account and Now Want the Pictures Back

 Chrome Cache View screenshot

Suggestions are to:
  • Athul Jayaram, suggests downloading Chrome cache view, - if you have been looking hrough your pictures they might still be in your browser cache. NirSoft has cache viewers for other browsers too. Manide suggests the same thing.
  • Chris Marcoe, suggests trying to log back into the account. he reports it takes awhile for them to actually delete the account. Jan Fritsch agrees and reports accounts are usually only disable for 14 days and then maybe deleted. He also reports that it "4 months and 3 emails until my account was disabled/deleted for good".

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ahh - Nice Articles About Using a Hex Editor to Recover the VBA Password

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Use Either:
"1. Create a new simple excel file.
2. In the VBA part, set a simple password (say - 1234).
3. Save the file and exit.
4. Open the file you just created with a simple editor.
5. Copy the lines starting with the following keys:
6. with a simple editor (again), open the excel file you don;t know
the VBA password for,
and paste the above copied lines from the dummy file.
7. save the excel file and exit.
8. Now, open the excel file you need to see the VBA code in. The
password for the VBA code
will simply be 1234 (as in the example I'm showing here)." - From the Google Groups Post. I don't know whether he/she was the originator of the method or not...

Nice! - Excel Tool VBA Password Recovery

"This application is a Excel VBA Project Password recovery software designed to recover lost and forgotten passwords from password protected vba project files such as (.xls, .xls, .xlam). Passwords of any length and character set are supported, all the passwords will be recovered regardless of its length or complexity. The software supports MS Excel 97 to 2010 file formats of the supported VBA host applications.
Have you ever forgotten your Excel VBA password?
If you have forgotten your Excel VBA password this is the solution for you.
With Excel Tool VBA Password Recovery you can easily open password protected VBA Project."
So far as I know this is a unique piece of software. Apparently you can decipher the password looking in a hex viewer. I will try to track down the method and post soon. 

Monday, April 08, 2013

View Password Stored In Chrome, Firefox Opera, Safari and IE
"WebBrowserPassView is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored by the following Web browsers: Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 - 9.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. This tool can be used to recover your lost/forgotten password of any Website, including popular Web sites, like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and GMail, as long as the password is stored by your Web Browser.
After retrieving your lost passwords, you can save them into text/html/csv/xml file, by using the 'Save Selected Items' option (Ctrl+S)."

Spanning Undelete for Google Calendar

"Have you ever accidentally deleted an event, or several, from your calendar? Lost meetings, conference calls, customer reservations and appointments… you know how devastating that can be. Not just to your day, but to your business.
Google says, “Once an event is deleted, its full details can’t be recovered.” Spanning says, “We beg to differ!”
With Spanning’s Undelete for Google Calendar, your deleted events can be undeleted, with details intact. Here’s the thing to know… once an event is deleted, that data sticks around for a while before it’s permanently gone – it’s just a matter of finding and recovering it..." - This requires a Google Apps account.

Discouraging Article About Recovering Data from a Failed SSD

ssd drives
"When they originally began to hit the market, solid state drives were hailed for both speed and reliability. Many users assumed that because an SSD has no mechanical parts it is at less risk to fail. It’s simple logic that is correct more often than wrong – if there are fewer parts to break overall reliability will be better.
In this case, however, that logic is not always correct. An in-depth article at Tom’s Hardware suggests that solid state drives and mechanical drives are equally reliable for at least their first few years of use and another study by a French retailer suggests that the two are equally reliable..."

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Recover Lost Photos By Mining Email Facebook and Twitter
"The photos we email with family and friends are the ones we care the most about.
All of us have years of emailed photos – to us or from us – lost deep in our inboxes and archives. Lost Photos makes it easy to find any photo you’ve ever sent or received stored in your email account.
Just imagine what’s lost deep in your email – photos with friends and family that you don’t even remember existed. With Lost Photos, you’ll find them again and be able to quickly share them in a more permanent place..."
Very cool. Works with the major Email vendors, GMail, Yahoo Mail RocketMail, Aol Mail and anything routed through Google Apps...I don't know about HotMail.

Nice Make Use Of Article About Using Linux for Data Recovery

recover data on linux
"No matter whether it was your fault or not, things can happen to the data stored on your devices. Hard drives, solid state drives, and removable media can all potentially “lose” files because of numerous different causes. Additionally, sometimes you may delete a file – no matter if on purpose or by accident – and then determine later on that you actually need it.
Instead of freaking out over the fact that the file appears to be gone, it may be a better idea to try a file recovery tool first to recover data on Linux..."
This article reviews Safecopy, which works like the Windows freeware Unstoppable Copier, but maybe with more features. It also reviews TestDisk a formidable tool which: "helps recover lost partitions, make disks bootable again, fix the partition table, restore the master boot record, restore boot sectors and file system tables, undelete files from NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and ext2 filesystems, and copy files from deleted NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and ext2/3/4 filesystems." Wow that's a lot and very nice. It's been mentioned in this blog before but described well and succinctly here.

Finally the program PhotRec is reviewed, which is apparently made by the same makers as TestDisk. This app recovers images of many types by looking at the raw data of the disk, ignoring parturition operating systems and the like...

DTI's File System Troubleshooter

"View It Now is a software tool that allows the technician to view a file system and its components.  Another way of looking at it is that we are creating a virtual drive that allows the technician to view folders, files, and their attributes in order to help them and their client evaluate a problem and choose the best path for recovery. 
Like all tools this one is not the answer to every situation, however, coupled with other tools will aid the technician in diagnosing a corrupt file system and ultimately recover a client's valuable files. 
This Quick-Start portion of the documentation is designed for a single drive, with no special offsets, no special file handlers, and no special tests.  The technician just wants to view the file system of a drive that will not mount.  The following are the steps to use to do that..."

For Data Lost to External Driveswith Fat32 Formatting (A lot of USB Drives) DTI's FAT 32 File Undelete

free undelete tool
"...DTI Data is proud to announce a free FAT 32 File Undelete program that will recover your data off of just about all external hard drives that has been deleted. Due to the many different operating systems out there, hard drive manufacturers use the FAT 32 file system on USB and Firewire drives because they are compatible with any OS..."

DTI's RAID Data Recovery Diagnostic Toolkit Freeware Software
"RAID Data Recovery over the years, has become increasingly more complex.  With the advent of personal computers now shipping with RAID zero as default, RAID cards becoming extremely affordable, and several operating systems offering file system managers that will allow for RAID configurations, it has become apparent to this technician that some type of assistance for the end user is in order.  We can no longer assume that RAIDs are only for large corporations because their data needs are different than the home user.  A point in fact is that World of Warcraft from Blizzard will run better on a RAID zero setup than a standard single drive configuration since the game is so disk intensive.  RAID zero is designed to accelerate disk throughput and thereby enhance your gaming experience.
Call Toll Free 1-866-438-6932 ext. 203 or direct 1-727-345-9665 ext. 203 to speak with a qualified RAID engineer now!..."

DTI's Free Full Version Windows Surface Scanner - Detects Bad Sectors!

"DTI Data Recovery is happy to announce the free full version Windows Surface Scanner. This free but powerful software will quickly scan your hard drive and let you know if there are any sector errors. It is critical that all customers thinking about running data recovery software run the Freeware Windows Surface Scanner before choosing their recovery option.
Hours can be saved diagnosing hard drive problems by checking the hard drive for bad sectors. This is the reason DTI Data Recovery is offering this full version freeware utility - Windows Surface Scanner. In some situations it is hard to determine if you will need the services of a data recovery company or if data recovery software is the correct option for you. This tool can help answer those questions.
Windows Surface Scanner Version 2.20
 This software will read each sector of a physical drive that is currently mounted on an XP, Vista, or Windows 7 operating system.  Each sector is examined for a read error. If a read error occurs the error counter will increment." - Like CHkDsk I guess.

DTI's FREEWARE Master File Table Save - Online Restore Point

DTI Data Hard Drive Recovery
" is pleased to announce its latest full version freeware - MFT Save which allows all our users to safely and securely backup the most critical file within Windows - the Master File Table Record.
MFT Save is full version Freeware!
Download the program MFT SAVE here.
MFT Save Fast Start Guide:
Click on the 'Mount Volumes' button to populate the 'NTFS Volumes' list.
Click on the 'Volume' you wish to save the MFT.
Click on the 'Save MFT' button.
a. If you have an account enter in your information and click 'Login Account'
b. If you do not have an account enter in you information an click 'Create Account'
The software will begin saving your MFT to our servers in Florida."

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