Recovering Corrupt Notepad .txt file on Windows 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have an issue which is bothering me too much !

    Here is the situation, I have a text (.txt) file which has gone corrupt y'day and I would like to recover the contents of the file very badly since it has 2 years of my data i.e. day to day activity logs. Unfortunately I dont have any back up for this file :-(

    I am currently using Windows 7 Ent and I use default Notepad to work with .txt files.

    Please note that, except this corrupt file which is of around 5 Mb size, I am able to open, edit and save any other text files on my machine. So assume, Notepad as an application is working fine.

    I even scanned my machines using Symantec AV ( latest updates installed ) and Malware Bytes Anti Malware for any malwares infections but everything seems to be OK without any issues and my machine is clean.

    I even tried to open this corrupt Notepad file using different text editors such as Notetab, Wordpad and MS Word but in vain.

    Any suggestions in recovering this file would be very helpful and highly appreciated.


    Thanks, Being Human
    Monday, December 26, 2011 9:44 AM

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  • Anyone please ?
    Thanks, Being Human
    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:15 PM
  • Hi,


    Please check if the file has Pervious Version. However, if the file had been damaged before you installed Windows 7, I am sorry Windows 7 has no ability to recover it.


    If you are using Word, you can refer to the following KB. However, these techniques will not guarantee complete recovery.



    Best Regards,


    Niki Han

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:04 AM
  • Niki, 

    I checked the previous version of this corrupted text file, unfortunately it didn't have any.

    I referred KB article mentioned above and followed the steps; MS word detected more than1000 pages from corrupted text file however, file contents were totally empty !

    It appears that, I have lost this file for eternity  :-( 

    I have marked your reply as helpful.


    Thanks, Being Human
    Thursday, December 29, 2011 8:11 AM
  • hi friend,

    You can easily recover corrupted files.There are many reasons of file corruption and deletion.It many be due to virus attacks,human errors, hardware malfunctioning,corrupted hard drive etc.You can easily recover files by using a good file recovery software.You can download the free trail version of the software.

    • Edited by misheal Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:57 AM
    Thursday, May 3, 2012 4:57 AM