Words just can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who has tried to help. That so many people would take time out of their lives- time they would much rather spend reading about fruit growing- really says a lot about this community. So again, my sincere thanks.
I’ actually a fairly skilled computer guy myself (well, lets just say I’m more than a beginner but far from expert). I had already tried several of the things suggested here…specifically I’d gone all through the Microsoft office sights and tried all the things there to recover lost files, including trying to recover unsaved versions. That also includes attempts to recover the temporary backup files that excel saves every few minutes. So we are on the same page.
I should have better described what actually happened to the file and why I’m here with a problem…but I guess I felt so dumb I hated to confess it! But here is the sad, stupid story.
My computer is about 3 years old and even though I have multiple ad blockers, fire walls, virus protections, etc. it had become so completely loaded down with junk that it had become insanely slow. It was so bad that none of the light duty tricks helped…ie running various cleaners, de-fragging, deleting history and all software I could find that wasn’t needed, reducing the number of start-up items and background items, etc. So I finally decided to just wipe out my computer and start over. I was and did use the recovery option. HOWEVER…before I did that I THOUGHT I backed all my files up to CD. I formated new CDs, then copied my MY DOCUMENTS folder onto one CD, my photos onto 2 more, and so on. Having done that before, I wasn’t worried and made my dumbest mistake ever. I just assumed by backups had gone well and didn’t try to open any files from my CD backups.
Then I went through the recovery option to clean off my computer…I selected the option that said delete all files and folders (dumb move #2) since I thought I had them backed up.
You can guess the rest. After my computer was wiped out, I popped my backup CD’s in one at a time so I could put my files and photos BACK onto my now almost empty computer. You know what happened next…for reasons I may never know, one of my back up CD’s, the one that had my orchard database and all my other important files, wouldn’t open!!! Strangely enough, the other CD’s did open, so I have my photos and other less important files. But the first CD that had most of “My documents” folder wouldn’t open.
I know that deleted files often remain on a hard drive even after deleted until something else is written over it. So I went to Cnet and found some free software that says it will go in and find all your deleted files and save them for you. The software I used to do this was called easeus . I’d never used it. Well, it LOOKED like it worked a miracle. It took about 2 hours of scanning my hard drive but in the end it created these nice new folders which had all my lost files, and even showned the icon they were created with. Just like the one I posted here and asked for help with. Problem is, they won’t open, as you have seen. I hoped that most of the data had been recovered but just some formating or partition data or something had been mixed up. when I attempt to open them, they say “corrupted” so thats why I told you guys they were corrupted. It was a lot quicker than the explanation I’ve just given.
So, I may have my needed files on a CD, but the CD gives an error and won’t show any files at all. So I think its lost.
My database MIGHT also still be on my hard drive even though it was deleted. I still haven’t saved much of anything onto my hard drive so if it was ever there it could still be…but my 1 attempt to recover my deleted files produced nothing but corrupted versions of what I need.
the 19.8K size doesn’t neccessarily mean my data isn’t in that little file. Unlike some of you, my database was extremely simple and quite short. It just had records for about 140 trees and plants, and for each of those there were only about 7 data fields- name, date of planting, grower, retailer, rootstock. That was it. So it would be quite short.
Anyway, I just can’t tell you how awful this is, so I appreciate your efforts on my behalf. It isn’t as simple as just going back through my orchard and recreating it, because in many cases my tree tags didn’t contain anything but tree name and planting date.
Oh well…if, after hearing all this, anyone has any other suggestions, I’m all ears. Otherwise, from the bottom of my heart thank you for your time and efforts on my behalf!