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Re: [ARSCLIST] Floppy Disc Blues--aka data recovery software suggestions?
On 31/01/07, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> Put the bad floppy in the drive, and then run Scandisk (which is a DOS
> utility, but is also in Windows). Make sure you have it set to "Repair
> bad files" (or whatever it calls that) and "Save fragments" (ditto).
> If the contents are text files or similar, you'll have enough left for
> adequate reconstruction (also true for .dbf data files, unless the
> headers are damaged). Program files are usually beyond repair, since
> there is no way to know what any missing bytes were. Word Processor
> files usually contain their text content as part of the file (MS Word
> also contains the old, revised versions, while WordPerfect files
> include formatting bytes). Sound files and image files may open with
> gaps, or may not open at all. Most current programs will attempt to
> repair damaged files, though.
Programs such as Scandisk will alter data on the disk. That prevents any
better recovery by different hardware.