I have edited a .txt file on Windows 7 with Notepad++ yesterday. Then I put the computer to sleep after saving the document. Today I wasn't able to wake the computer so I restarted it. As soon as I open the file again with Notepad++ I only see "NUL" repeated all over the document on one line and long length (14177 chars). The file is still relatively big (14KB) compared to text documents with little text in them. Notepad doesn't show anything. How do I recover or decode the old version of a possibly corrupted text file? Is it possible to read the bytes of the file and see if they indeed are all null characters? The disk is an SSD.
- chkdsk was not able to recover the original text.
- Recuva Deepscan found 0 files. Recuva advanced mode with nondeleted results shows the file, but "recover" leads to the corrupted file being recovered.
- The properties of the corrupted file do not list any previous versions. Windows does not have restore points enabled (because of some drive name issue I can't even enable it).
- The directories in these answers are not found on my system. (Notepad++'s backup options do not seem to be enabled by default.)
- I ran the cmd version of Photorec on .txt files, but my search terms (Windows Explorer content: searches have not found anything yet (perhaps I don't remember the terms, but it's more likely that the file wasn't recovered by PhotoRec).
- I opened the corrupted file with a HEX editor plugin for Notepad++ and all the bits are 0's.