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Is there a file recovery utility that is text-string based?

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  • Is there a file recovery utility that is text-string based?

    I'm running Win XP on a Dell Poweredge 400SC, with an 80GB drive that is half-empty.

    My 300KB bookmarks.html file in Netscape 7.1 mysteriously disappeared one day to be replaced by the default Netscape bookmarks file. Additionally, the Netscape install.log shows an installation date of 08/05/04 even though I had not done an installation on that date or in the months before that. This is the same time that my bookmarks disappeared. My 13-year-old daughter swears she didn't do anything that day.

    I have tried a number of shareware file recovery utilities in an attempt to find the deleted bookmarks.html file but could not find any trace of the file using any of the utilities.

    What I think I need is a file recovery utility that will open the drive and do a block-by-block or sector-by-sector search for a text string that I know was in the bookmarks.html file when it went missing.

    Does anyone know of a file recovery utility that allows a text-string search? A friend told me that he thought that there was a self-booting Linux utility that might work, but I can't find it.

    I realize that I will probably not be able to recover the entire file intact in one piece, but I don't mind piecing it back together from whatever I am able to find.

    Thanks for the help.

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    grep -a -B5 -A100 "some_string_in_the_deleted_file" /dev/sda1 > /tmp/recover.txt
    oops.. this is Windows - doing search on raw devices does not really work here.
    (sorry, could not resist )

    There are recovery utilities that others will probably oint you to - it's been a while since I used one, so I do not have a useful recommendation.
    Guy Teverovsky
    "Smith & Wesson - the original point and click interface"