Sunday, June 30, 2013

Microsoft's Advice on Searching for Unsaved/Lost Word Documents
"Microsoft Word documents can be lost in certain situations. For example, the document may be lost if an error occurs that forces Word to quit, if you experience a power interruption while editing, or if you close the document without saving changes. This article explains steps that you can use to try to recover the lost document.
Note The whole document may be lost if you have not recently saved the document. If you have saved your document, you may lose only the changes that you made since the last save. Note that some lost documents may not be recoverable..."
Word Regenerator and RecoverMyFiles are commercial programs that might do these steps but made much easier although you obviously pay for it. My program also does it some.

How to Fix the Windows Update Error 0x80073712
"If you receive Windows Update error 0x80073712 or 80073712, it means that a file needed by Windows Update is damaged or missing. Windows has troubleshooting tools that can help you address this problem. Follow the steps below to use these tools..."
Basically you run the "DISM" tool which is an obscure command line app of Windows at least in Windows 8. If you have a 64 bit installation you need to follow the directions to start up a 64 bit CMD instance in Administrator Mode. 

Gromit's Technical Guide to Partitions/Formatting/Data Recovery - Another Guide to Disk Recovery with an Extensive List of Software for Recovery At the End of the Article
"First of all, who am I and why should you believe anything I've written here? Well, since 2000 I've been working as a computer forensic analyst for government agencies, and am in communication with similar practitioners on a global scale. This includes other three-letter government agencies, as well as private data recovery firms. I like to think this puts me in a position of knowledge that is at least better than someone who just trawls the Internet. In my research, I am constantly amazed at how often I find misinformation on web sites belonging to people or companies that should know better. There are so many fantasies put forward as fact in the data recovery industry, it blows my mind.
But anyway, on with the show..."
This is a classic article only available via the Wayback machine on the Internet Archive.

New Open Source Zip Recovery - May Work Better Than Other Reviewed So Far
"Zip Recovery is a cross platform, light weight, fast and easy to use app that can extract broken zip files which can't be extracted using common archiving tools."
Java based unassuming program. It appears to maybe work a little better than other programs reviewed here. BitDefender told me it was blocking after I had run it the first time, but it didn't stop me from running it again. I don't know if it is a false positive or not.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wow! - Large List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs

"One of our Technibble forum members, PcTek9, and a handful of other Technibble members have compiled a large list of CDs for various computer repair tasks. In this list, the following types of CD are available for download: Antivirus Boot CDs, Recovery Disks, Hardware Diagnostic Boot CDs, Network Testing/Monitoring, Data Recovery Boot CDs and Special Purpose CDs.

Some of these are free to download, some are not. Be sure to read the EULA for the CD’s you download and the applications you use to make sure you are allowed to use them in the manner you plan to use them in. Many of the CDs contain a variety of different programs and some of the applications are free to use as you please, but some of them disallow commercial use. So be sure to read and abide by the EULA for whatever you use.
Also, some of these CD’s may set off an antivirus false positive due to their virus removal, password cracking, system file changing nature. Konboot is one such CD that will set off antivirus software. Its best to scan the CDs that are setting off your antivirus using a site like and make your own decisions..."
Here are the disks and that have download links on the page: 
  • Antivirus Boot Disks: Avira AntiVir Rescue System, BitDefender Rescue CD, Dr Web LIVE CD, Fsecure Live Cd, Kaspersky Antivirus Live CD, VBA32 VirusBlokAda (Russian), PcTools Alternate Operating System Scanner (AOSS), Avast BART CD, GData (British), AVG Rescue CD, Open Diagnostics Live CD (formerly ClamAV Live CD). 
  • General Purpose Recovery Disks: FREE UBCD4win Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, FREE UBCD Ultimate Boot CD, FREE Trinity Rescue CD, FREE System Rescue CD x86, FREE System Rescue CD (sun sparc), FREE System Rescue CD (power PC/mac), FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (32 bit/ Microsoft), FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (64 bit / Microsoft), FREE Windows 7 Recovery Disk (Microsoft), FREE INSERT (inside security rescue toolkit), FREE Microsoft ERD/DART 2009, FREE Bootzilla for Windows.
  • Hardware Diagnostic Boot CD’s: FREE Inquisitor (hardware testing software),  FREE Inquisitor 64, FREE Microsoft Memory Diagnostic.
  • Network Security Testing / Monitoring: FREE Network Security Toolkit, FREE BackTrack network penetration testing, FREE Knoppix STD (security tools distribution), FREE nUbuntu network penetration testing.
  • Data Recovery Boot CD’s: FREE RIP (Recovery Is Possible), Helix (computer forensics / electronic discovery / incident response), Caine Computer Aided Investigative Environment, Macquisition CF forensics for macs, The Farmer’s Boot CD, Puppy Linux.
  • Special Purpose Boot CD’s: KON-BOOT, FREE Samurai Web Application Testing, FREE Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, FREE PC CMOS Cleaner, FREE Parted Magic, FREE Partition Wizard contrib IISJMAN, FREE Ping (backup / restore hd images across network), FREE Incognito (completely anonymous web everything).
  • Other CD’s of Interest: VistaPE.

Monday, June 24, 2013

"World’s First Free IPhone, IPad & IPod Touch Data Recovery Software"
"Up to 12 types data can be recovered: Contacts, Messages, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, including Photos and Videos taken with iPhone/iPad.
Directly recover data from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 2/1 and iPod touch 4.
Scan and Extract iTunes Backup of all iOS Device to free recover all the data.
System Support: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2008/Home Server 
Device Support: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iOS 4, iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7..."
This at least looks good. It comes from a major data recovery software company.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Some More Ways to Recover Unix and Presumably Linux Passwords

A few more ways to reset the Unix or Linux password some with rebooting and some without.

On Linux Machines - How to Reset forgotten Root passwords
"Suppose you have just taken over as a new system administrator from another person just before they left and they forgot to give you the root password. Now, let's say you have to install the latest version of PHP on the system so that the sales department's website works the way its supposed to. You have to get the website up yesterday, since you are losing money every minute it doesn't work. Or maybe you simply need to add another user to the system.
The above scenarios are just two possible cases when you might need to reset the root password on a system; there are hundreds of other possible cases when you might need to do this, but I am not going to list all of them. Most of us know what to do when something like this happens on a Windows machine, but not a lot of us know how to recover lost passwords from Linux machines. This document attempts to rectify this situation by telling you about the different options available to recover passwords from YOUR machines. (Don't use this to break into other people's systems as that would be stupid and will get you into big trouble if you are caught.)"

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Free Only Today - 7-Data Recovery Suite 2.1 is all-in-one data recovery software - Giveaway of the Day

"All-in-one data recovery software to recover lost/deleted photos, files, partition, and more from hard disks, memory cards, flash drives for Windows and mobile phone.
Four different data recovery modules are integrated for rescuing files under almost any conditions including: accidentally deleted files, damaged or formatted hard drive; lost/deleted partition; photo/video lost from local drive/memory card/camera; file lost from mobile phone."
Free only today from

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Good Advice for Recovering from a Drive Making Clicking Noises
"...If the HDD still shows up in the Device manager You can use a program like File scavenger or Freeware like Recuva. If it doesn’t show up at all try connecting it when windows is loaded. If that doesn’t work you have a few options left.
  • You can take it to a recovery company which is very expensive (really really expensive)
  • Change the PCB board with another hard drive be sure it’s the exact same HDD, (firmware and if possible same batch). If you do this you can always put the PCB board back on the HDD where it came from it will work normally.
  • If that doesn’t work if have one option left for you. Put it in several Zip loc bags (anything that closes good water and air tight). Put it in the freezer (the metal shrinks a bit because of the cold, so if the problem is caused by scratches you have more chance of being able to use it).Leave it in there for at least 12 hours so its cold to the core. Get it out and be quick its going to get warmer quickly. Put cool pads (i hope you have them in your freezer otherwise you can probably get them in a supermarket for a few dollar) in towels to avoid the chance of moist ruin the PCB board and to keep it cool. If it works quickly copy your data cause it will fail again and the chance of doing it a second time is little.
Hope you get your data back!"
Good advice from Huub Willems. 

Free Only Today - Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 - Giveaway of the Day

"The first thing you’ll see when you open the newly released Kingsoft Office Suite Pro 2013 is a clean, new interface. The old features are still there along with 38 major improvements.
Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation are the three applications included.
Key Features:
VBA Editor.
Two interfaces: 2013 and classical ones. Two color schemes for 2013 interface: elegant black and water blue.
Greater compatibility with Microsoft Office (97/ 2000/ 2003/ 2007/ 2010). Save documents to.xlsx format.
Multiple tabs interface supports drag-and-drop.
Convert Office Documents to PDF Formats.
Automatic spell checker in Writer.
Send Files as Email Attachment Directly.
Package PPT files into folders or compress files.
Exclusive features. Such as paragraph adjustment tool and table tools."
Free only today at Giveaway of the Day. Use the program to try to open corrupt MS Office and maybe Open Office files.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Advice on How to Recover Corrupt Adobe InDesign Files Exporting Them First to the Interchange Format
"If you regularly use InDesign, you may find that from time to time a file may be corrupt and glitch. In this Quick Tip you will learn a technique that may help recover your file in just a few easy steps.IntroductionIf you have a file that wont open, keeps crashing or doesn’t preview properly try this Quick Tip to solve the problem. I came across this information a couple of years ago and it has proved invaluable. I can’t promise this will fix every file but in my experience it has worked most of the time, so I thought it was worth passing on. This method only works on corrupt InDesign files that open. If your file doesn’t open skip to Step 6 for another solution."
If your InDesign files won't open you may have to pay for  MarkzTools Quark XTension or for his no results no pay service, which costs $99.

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