Corrupt Files Recovery

by Rod Dunne on October 15, 2010

in Articles, Data Recovery

Corrupt Files Recovery - How To Fix Corrupted Files And Folders In 5 Steps
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By using Windows applications and third party PC repair tools, you should be able to recover corrupt files and folders. This article steps through how to fix corrupted files using a sequence of logical steps, starting with using freely available Windows utilities and ending with system restore software.

1: It can be possible to recover corrupted files from some applications that maintain their own backup versions of documents. For example, most Microsoft applications create temporary files while you are working on a document.

Microsoft Word produces files with the .wbk extension which can simply be renamed to .doc in order to view the contents of these files. Alternatively, if you backup your data to a hard drive/CD then could resort to using one of these copies instead of the corrupted file. This is a partial hard drive rescue which is really only intended for recovering specific critical documents you need.

2: Check your hard drive for sector faults which may result in corrupt files and folders. Windows provides its own disk checking utility (located in the properties dialog for each hard drive partition) that can scan for bad sectors and attempt to repair them. This can aid corrupt file recovery in those instances where the hard drive issue is to blame, but fails if you find the file corrupted by virus damage.

3: Corruption to the operating system files can be repaired using the System Restore utility (accessories/system tools). This application completes corrupt file recovery by reloading system programs and the Windows registry using snapshot versions. These snapshots are created every time Windows update service is run or new applications are installed/removed.

The remaining steps use third-party applications to recover corrupted files.

4: It may be necessary to resort to using more specialized software to fix corrupted files. Advanced applications like HDD Regenerator are capable of repairing a variety of hard disk errors, including bad sectors, which the Windows utility may be incapable of doing.

5: You could also consider using special purpose utilities for fixing individual file types. Programs such as Doc Regenerator and XLS Regenerator are capable of fixing Microsoft Office files (Word documents and Excel documents respectively). A quick search online will identify that there are many other types of applications capable of repairing corruption to just about any type of file (e.g. outlook archives, CDs, MP3 files etc).

One final consideration: If all else fails then you could try recovering corrupt files with the help of a data recovery tools or a data recovery expert. These data recovery services have their own specialized utilities and applications for piecing together fragments of documents, which can fix corrupted files even on damaged hard drives. However, their prices can be quite high in some instances (especially for mechanical recovery of damaged disks).

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