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I have accidentally deleted a sticky note which was very important to me. Fortunately, I have its backup inside system image created by Acronis True Image. I don't want to restore this system image physically (not even in another drive). I am unable to run it in virtual machine because it requires high resources which is not available with running system. But, I can access file system from this image. From file system, I've found StickyNotes.snt file in C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes. I don't want to restore this file to live system (which would delete new notes). How can I read Stick Notes content from this file (if its right file for content)? In more general, I have access to full file system.. how can I retrieve StickyNotes content from it?

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Rename the local system's StickyNotes.snt file, restore the one you want to look at into C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes, look at at it in the local system, copy it, etc.

When you're done, copy the version you renamed back over top of the version you restored.

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Simplest is often best! Especially if there are a lot of notes to go through. –  Bob Mar 4 '12 at 6:48
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You can open the SNT file in 7ZIP. There'll be one folder for each note, where there's always 3 files: 1, 0 and 3.

The "3" file contains your data.

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Opening up the StickyNotes.snt in notepad seems to work for me. There's a load of overhead, but enough to read the content off. Its a simple, rather wierd XML file, with the stickynote contents stored in plain text. enter image description here

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No its not plain ASCII text file. I have tried opening it with both notepad as well as vim. –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 4 '12 at 6:34
    
Screenshot added - you may need to view the image full size what i mean –  Journeyman Geek Mar 4 '12 at 6:40
    
Thanks, but it keeps complex URLs in creepy form.. –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 4 '12 at 6:55
    
By the way, do you know the exact encoding & format of this file? –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 4 '12 at 6:58
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See first line of your screenshot (which is full of strange characters)... still think its a plain ASCII text with XML markup? –  Sachin Shekhar Mar 4 '12 at 7:52
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You can try using the free application Sticky7List from helpingthings.com to browse your notes in the SNT file.

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