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. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/office-service-packs.aspx
  • http://silvercoders.com/en/products/doctotext/ - 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).
  • http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/office-open-xml-file-docx-cannot-opened-t3714016.html - 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.
  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2528942 - 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).
  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817583 - 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.
  • http://sourceforge.net/users/socrtwo22 - 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.
  • http://free-data-recovery.blogspot.com/2012/03/secrets-of-recovering-corrupt-office.html - 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.
  • http://onlinerecovery.munsoft.com/ - 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.
  • https://online.officerecovery.com/ - 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

http://blog.lnk.si/posts/recover-broken-word-2007-documents-xml-style.html
"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

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/android-data-recovery/
"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.
Features:
  • 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 WiseCleaner.com. 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

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737
"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 Outlook.com 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 https://account.live.com.
  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

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/leawo-tunes-cleaner-1-0/
"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. 

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...