05-01-2017 11:51 AM
I decided to clean up my D drive and formatted it. Now I understand that it was a big mistake! But I still was lucky to recover most files with Power Data Recovery utility. Basically, all the files work fine, but some Excel files probably somehow damaged and cannot be opened. Is there a possibility to recover them? Thanks!
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05-01-2017 12:01 PM
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Most likely, the answer is no. Files are linked blocks of data and if one or more of those blocks gets overwritten, the complete file can never be recovered.
IF you're willing to spend some money, you could try using Active@File Recovery Pro -- as I have found it to do the best job of recovering files. But ... there is no guarantee that it will work.
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05-02-2017 11:36 AM
First try File | Open ... browse for the file, then click the dropdown triangle on the Open button and choose Open and Repair.
If it prompts, the "Repair" options is better, but if it fails, try again, choosing "Extract".
Then, check the size of the recovered file. Is it likely all your data is included? if so, you can try to access the data from the file without opening it by creating an external reference.
In cell A1 of a blank workbook, type a reference to the A1 cell of the corrupted workbook, following this format:
Beyond that, what is the file format? There may be more options.
05-02-2017 11:37 AM
Also I recommended for your situation try to use for corrupted excel file recovery software like Excel Recovery Toolbox. This should help also.