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I needed to back up a computer with mixed Arabic and English (Roman) filenames because the computer hard drive was about to fail. The files copied over successfully, or so I thought.

When I went to inspect the files, the files that had Arabic writing in the filename came up all messed up with what looks like symbols. I suppose this has something to do with the filename encoding, but I have no idea how to get the original Arabic file name from this. Is there a utility or some way to retrieve the original file name? The original files on the drive are gone so that is not an option. Thanks.

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Have you installed the Arabic language pack on the new installation of Windows? – Ramhound Apr 22 '13 at 18:51
I figured this problem out. It didn't have anything to do with the Language Packs. Backup systems that use Zips often have a problem with the filename encoding when you're unzipping the files. I had that problem with 7-zip, where it wouldn't detect Arabic filenames. After I downloaded and used bandizip, which lets me set a default encoding type. Moments later, the files unzipped successfully with the correct filename in Arabic. – khaihon Apr 24 '13 at 18:53

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