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I'm trying to recover .php files from an accidental partition format. I've used a lot of software, but the results are the same, unreadable text that looks:

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Well, the file may have been encrypted (doubtful), but it appears corrupted. Unless you can recover the original, I think you've lost it (you need to restore from backup or from the live server) – Dave Mar 15 '13 at 9:41

If you have deleted the partition, you may be better off recovering the entire partition rather than individual files. This looks like it will do the job, but whether it is really 'free' or not can only be discovered when trying to recover the partition. I have used a very good command line based one before but I can't find it at the moment.

share|improve this answer is 100% free. If Recuva can't recover the file it means the file is corrupt and/or incomplete. – Ramhound Mar 15 '13 at 10:56

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