Hi Karen, > Why are you writing me privately for a list discussion?
Because I had asked several times without getting an answer, so I assumed you might want to keep those details off-list. > Not sure why these would be plain text either, they are wordperfect 6.0, > actually, or why it impacts my use of Norton utilities 8.0 edition of unerase. Wordperfect files according to the "file" tool start with the byte sequence ff 57 50 53 c4 05, in other words the byte ff, then the text WPC, then the two bytes c4 05. This information can help you to find the start of a deleted wordperfect file even when undelete cannot find the deleted directory entry of the file any more: Disk editors typically have some function to search the raw disk for contents. Also, you know that the sequence must be at the start of a cluster to be a match. Note that this is about current WordPerfect versions: You have to check on your own computer if files made by your version do start the same. According to some notes from 2001, the textual part of WordPerfect files is visible if you look at the file with a text editor, mixed with binary markup data. In other words, you should be able to recognize whether a certain cluster can be part of your to-be-recovered file. Of course all of this is quite tedious, so you typically try how far you can get with automated tools first... > let's focus on what I am asking, since we may get to the goal this way. > plain text lol. Sure. Keep us updated about your progress. If you can avoid writing to your disk for a while, the best way is to work slowly and carefully, maybe waiting until you are in position to get a disk image. Once you have a disk image stored in some foolproof way, you can start working on the real disk again. Because then you can work on recovery of the two files at any later moment, using that image file and no longer have to worry about work with the real disk causing further damage. Regards, Eric ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ November Webinars for C, C++, Fortran Developers Accelerate application performance with scalable programming models. Explore techniques for threading, error checking, porting, and tuning. Get the most from the latest Intel processors and coprocessors. See abstracts and register http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=60136231&iu=/4140/ostg.clktrk _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user