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No xls, doc, or ppt file extensions in PhotorRec

Posted: 11 Oct 2019, 14:42
by v850t
I am new here. The file extensions in PhotoRec that can be toggled on or off do not include Excel, or Word, or Powerpoint extensions. Can they be added? How can I search just for these extensions? Is PhotoRec the correct program to be using to search a bad drive for these files?

Re: No xls, doc, or ppt file extensions in PhotorRec

Posted: 12 Oct 2019, 09:47
by cgrenier
- doc/xls/ppt... are part of the doc file family
- docx/xlsx/pptx/... ate part of the zip file family.
PhotoRec can recover them as long as they haven't been overwritten by new data.
Note that it's recommended to use the default options and file selections.

Re: No xls, doc, or ppt file extensions in PhotorRec

Posted: 13 Oct 2019, 05:46
by v850t
Thank you. I was able to recover some files, but many were not readable by Excel. I am thinking that files that are not contiguous can not be fully found by PhotoRec? Or is it smart enough to find all of a file if it is split up to different locations on the drive? The 2 files I had put a days work in - earlier in the day before the crash, could not be found, or they were, but would not open. Maybe I did something wrong?

Re: No xls, doc, or ppt file extensions in PhotorRec

Posted: 13 Oct 2019, 07:52
by recuperation
v850t wrote:
13 Oct 2019, 05:46
Thank you. I was able to recover some files, but many were not readable by Excel. I am thinking that files that are not contiguous can not be fully found by PhotoRec?
This is unfortunately true.
Or is it smart enough to find all of a file if it is split up to different locations on the drive?
No.
The 2 files I had put a days work in - earlier in the day before the crash, could not be found, or they were, but would not open. Maybe I did something wrong?
No.

Try out using LibreOffice when Microsoft Office refuses to open office files.
LibreOffice tended to be less strict when it comes to read the document's content.