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Here's my dilemma:
I'm NaNoWriMoing in a text file backed up with Dropbox, and so I was offline for about 5 hrs and working on my novel. Unfortunately, the computer overheated/ran out of battery/whatever and it did a hard kill (really need to move off these $300 netbooks). So now I have a garbled novel. It's not large--only about 30kb--but would still take a while to rewrite.

What's the best utility/method to try to recover a garbled text file?

(OS doesn't matter. I have access to all 3 major OSs on Saturday. Also, if relevant, I was using FocusWriter when the computer killed itself.)

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open it via a Notepad++ / HexEditor and try to grab the text ? PS: All the best! – Sathya Nov 6 '10 at 1:23
Would that work? I'm writing in Unicode. – digitxp Nov 6 '10 at 1:27
Unicode ? Damn. Worth a shot though – Sathya Nov 6 '10 at 1:30
up vote 2 down vote accepted

One of the features of Dropbox is that you can rollback to previous versions, or undelete deleted files. Go to the Dropbox website, find your folder and choose More Actions > Previous Versions.

You can also look in the local Dropbox cache folder:

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Did that. I love Dropbox. Too bad I synced a whole 5 hours ago :-(. – digitxp Nov 6 '10 at 1:27
@digitxp: Try looking in the local cache then. I'll edit my answer. – paradroid Nov 6 '10 at 1:30
Wasn't there. I ended up having to rewrite it. Since I already knew what I was going to write, I hit the 2k mark anyway. – digitxp Nov 6 '10 at 13:42

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