I had an important .rtf file I was working on in Wordpad for weeks. Maybe the last time I tried to save it, it got corrupted, and now the file's blank. Checking with a hex editor, every byte is 00.
Except what's weird is that I can use windows search for file contents in the directory the file was in, for words that were in the file, and it shows up as a result for any of them. Even though I never did any of these searches before. There are no previous versions to restore, either.
How is it possible that Windows can do this even though the file itself blank? If I make a duplicate of the file, that one won't show up in the search results, and is blank too. Is this data stored somewhere, or possible to recover?