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need help recovering a corrupt wordpad (RTF) file

Hello,

My computer froze and I had to shut it down without going through the normal shut down process. I had saved a wordpad (RTF) file prior to shutting it down. However, after restarting the computer and opening the file, a huge chunk of text was unrecognizable and now looks like this:

\'903V\'b9\'89\'12'<\'83\'f62\'bc\'fc1(\'1dB\'9f\'16\page\'02 \'02

\'b1#I'&r\'a6\'d62\line\'fe\'f27\'1c\'c9\'eb'\'b6S\'b8\'02 \'02

N=\'8f\'a8\'a1c\'bc\'a9\'8c\'11cm\'90>D)\b0 ;r\'18\'02 \'02

\'02 \'dba\lquote\'b4h\'df\'8b\'aeg\'14MHN\'cf\'ec)\-\'a7\'c5a\'02


etc. Is there any way to convert this "code" back to normal text? This happened to a few of my .rtf documents, which are now corrupt. Is there some software or website I can use that will recover the text of the original document? Please help! Thanks in advance.

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What version of Windows?

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What version of Windows? You didn't say, and I'm afraid my dog broke my crystal ball. If Windows 7 or 8, you can retrieve a "previous version" via Windows Explorer.

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Windows 7

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Sorry for not mentioning that. The previous versions are available, but only from several days before. A lot of new text was entered in those few days, so I was hoping to salvage it somehow.

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The only way would be from your own backups

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If you don't have your own backups, you're out of luck.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

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thank you

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I'll definitely get an external hard drive. Wish I would have done it sooner. Thanks for the help

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the reason I thought it still might be salvageable....

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is that when I search for some of the old text in "search programs and files," the my computer finds the correct document. But then when I open that document, the text I searched for is no longer there -- it is encrypted in that strange code. But it seems the original text must be *somewhere* on my computer, because it finds it when I search for it.

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The reason I still think it might be salvageable....

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is that when I search for some of the old text in "search programs and files," the indexer finds the correct document. But then when I open that document, the text is no longer there -- it is encrypted in that strange code. But it seems the original text must be *somewhere* on my computer, because it finds it when I search for it.

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