My laptop with SSD drive had a sudden power loss, and upon booting windows up again, an RTF file seems to have been corrupted as a result (despite the file being saved to disk just fine - the file WAS open in wordpad, but changes HAD been saved - so I wasn't expecting this) - the RTF file is now nothing but a page of squares.
It's an important file so I want to try to recover it. I can search unique text I know was in the file in the start menu, and it brings up the file in search results, even quoting text fragments from inside the file. So I want to try and extract that text that Windows Index clearly has there, and recover it that way.
I disabled 'Windows Search' service and then copied the entire C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows folder including my 9GB Windows.edb file.
How would I best search and retrieve the text in question from my 9GB edb file? A professional forensic specialist mentions here that he does it, but doesn't mention his method.
Windows Grep, maybe? Is there any syntax I have to be careful of when searching for the text? Is there a particular tool?
Also if there's any other way you know of recovering a corrupt RTF like this where the text is all squares that would be a huge help.