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Looking for a tool to recover Microsoft Word files? Deleted important documents or removed Word files from the Recycle Bin? Documents blocked by a virus or deleted by an anti-virus tool? Disk cleanup caused severe data loss? Word Recovery™ will help you get your documents back!

Hetman Word Recovery™ 3.1

Word Recovery™ recovers lost and deleted documents in Microsoft Word and Open Office formats, Adobe PDF files and many types of plain text files. Supporting all types of storage media, Word Recovery™ can extract documents from FAT / exFAT, NTFS / ReFS, APFS / HFS+, Ext2 / 3 / 4 / ReiserFS and XFS / UFS volumes.

Using Word Recovery™ could not be made easier. The convenient step by step wizard guides you through the recovery process one little step after another. The built-in viewer and automated pre- recovery check deliver a 100% success guarantee. If a document appears in the list of recoverable files, it’ll be recovered with no “ifs” and “buts”.

Quick start

While we’re giving away the free evaluation version, not everyone is up to installing trial software when important files are still missing. And you don’t have to! Click on the following video to watch a two-minute tutorial and experience Word Recovery™ without downloading or installing.

How will the program be useful?

Word Recovery™ can help in a number of situations. Deleted documents, cleared Recycle Bin, accidental formatting or repartitioning the disk, corrupted storage media and power failures can cause a loss of data. The tool can handle these situations, getting your documents back in no time.

Hardware Upgrades

Hardware Upgrades

Hardware upgrades are among the most common reasons of data loss. When replacing the hard drive or upgrading computer hardware, most users will only copy information kept in the My Documents folder, cleaning up or ditching old hardware soon afterwards. More often than not, documents stored elsewhere are not copied. Saved a working document on the desktop? Need a recent copy from the Recycle Bin? Word Recovery™ can help you get those files from the old hard drive even if it’s been reformatted or repartitioned.

Formatting and Repartitioning

Formatting and Repartitioning

Formatting or repartitioning the disk may cause the loss of entire sets of documents. System tool misconfiguration or their accidental use may render the entire disk inaccessible by corrupting just a few bits of data in the beginning of the disk. Bad sectors are common for older hardware while premature wear plagues modern hard drives. Copying files over the network presents its own share of problems. Lost Word documents in one of those situations? Word Recovery™ can help!

Backup Errors and Redundant Storage Failures

Backup Errors and Redundant Storage Failures

Many computer users rely on redundant storage (NAS or RAID arrays) as their only means of data protection. However, NAS storage systems and RAID arrays may fail just as often, if not more frequent, as single hard drives. Inconsistently planned or improperly implemented backup strategies present a great deal of trouble when it comes to actually restoring the data from a backup. In other words, in great many situations it’s plain faster and easier to simply recover the documents from your own hard drive rather than relying on the backup, remote or redundant storage system.

Malware Activities

Malware Activities

A major number of malware aims at Word documents, locking, infecting or destroying the files. When removing the virus, antivirus software may cause even more damage than the virus itself, corrupting or deleting assumingly infected documents. Word Recovery™ can successfully unlock documents blocked by the virus, undelete files removed by the antivirus, and recover Word documents deleted or destroyed in the course of infection.

Accidental Editing and Corruption

Accidental Editing and Corruption

How many times did you wish you had an older copy of a recently edited document you just saved? Accidental or malicious edits and sudden power failures while saving the document may leave you with a useless copy. Word Recovery™ offers you a way to recover previously saved versions of the document. Never saved the document but want the content back? Microsoft Word makes temporary saves of all documents being edited. Word Recovery™ recognizes and recovers these temporary files, effectively enabling access to unsaved content.

Features and Benefits

Hetman Software tool is your last line of defense when protecting your documents. The tool will recover Word documents in case of any accident causing the loss of data, undelete files and recover information from damaged or misconfigured media.

Recovers Document Files

Word Recovery™ is designed to recover documents saved by Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016, as well as OpenOffice. The following types of files are supported:

DOCX - Microsoft Word 2007 Document
DOC - Microsoft Word 97-2007 Document

In addition to Microsoft Word, Word Recovery™ recovers documents saved in native OpenDocumet Format. This document format is employed by Open, Libre and Star Office (Writer). The following file types are supported:

ODF - OpenDocument Format;

Finally, Word Recovery™ supports the following file formats:

PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format;
PDB - Document File;
RTF - Rich Text Format File;
WPD - WordPerfect Document;
WRI - Windows Write Document;

Supported Storage Media

Word Recovery™ supports all storage devices formatted with FAT / exFAT, NTFS / ReFS, APFS / HFS+, Ext2 / 3 / 4 / ReiserFS and XFS / UFS. The tool supports compressed and encrypted volumes. NTFS Alternate Data Streams can be recovered.

Word Recovery™ supports desktop and laptop hard drives and SSD drives regardless of make and model, USB drives and external devices including secure flash drives. All types of memory cards are supported. Word Recovery™ can recover documents from RAID arrays, assuming that the RAID is assembled and fully functional.

and SSHD
USB disk
flash drive
Virtual machine
hard disks

The Recovery Engine

Hetman Word Recovery employs a range of highly sophisticated algorithms to locate deleted files. While the file system (if still available) is an important source of information, Hetman Word Recovery does not rely solely on the file system as it may be corrupted or emptied (e.g. if the disk is formatted or repartitioned). In addition to file system data, Hetman Word Recovery employs comprehensive signature search, reading the entire content of the device in an attempt to locate supported file types.

For example, DOC and DOCX files have “D0 CF” and “50 4B” signatures in the headers. When a signature is located, Hetman Word Recovery further analyzes the header in order to determine the length of the file. In a final step immediately preceding to adding the file to the recovery list, Hetman Word Recovery validates the file by performing an automated integrity check. This check ensures that every entry appearing on the list of recoverable files is a valid document that can be viewed, opened and edited with no problems.

The Recovery Engine

Ease of Use

Word Recovery™ is one of the fastest recovery tools on the market, and one of the easiest to use. The tool allows recovering documents in just a few easy steps. Unlike competition, Word Recovery™ features a built-in integrity check, relieving the user from going through a huge number of invalid entries. With Word Recovery™, you won’t need to go through hundreds of files to locate a single “working” one!

Step by Step Wizard

Using Word Recovery™ is just as easy as installing the tool. In fact, the process looks very similar. You get the same familiar wizard guiding you through the recovery process one step after another. You’ll just need to select the disk or device that contains your documents, specify Quick or Comprehensive recovery mode, and click “Next” to begin the analysis. Word Recovery™ locates all recoverable documents in a matter of minutes (might take a bit longer with Comprehensive mode engaged), displaying them in a clickable list. You’ll be able to save recoverable files onto a hard drive, burn them to a CD or DVD, create an ISO image or upload directly to an FTP server.

Pre-Recovery Preview

Word Recovery™ lists recoverable documents in a clickable gallery, displaying thumbnail previews of each document. Clicking on any thumbnail will instantly display a small preview. Double-click the thumbnail to open a full-size viewer. Please note that Word Recovery™ speeds up preview operations by excluding text formatting and objects from the preview. Rest assured that the final recovered versions of your documents will be saved complete with all fonts, formatting, pictures and objects intact!

Searching and Filtering

Looking for a particular file or a set to recover? You don’t have to go through all records to locate that single file! Word Recovery™ implements powerful searching and filtering tools, allowing you to have only the files that meet your search criteria to appear in the recovery list. If you only need to recover a certain file or a certain set of files, there are two options available. First, you may specify your search criteria just before Word Recovery™ begins scanning the disk. This may speed up the scanning, but if you’ll need to recover some other documents, you’ll have to scan the disk once again. Alternatively, you can filter out the results after performing the full scan. You can search and filter documents by their names or part of the name, extension, create/modify date or file size.

Built-In Safety Features

The last thing you want from a data recovery tool is corrupting or overwriting the very files you’re about to recover. But don’t you worry! Word Recovery™ implements all the required features to make the recovery process as safe as theoretically possible. Make sure you download and install Word Recovery™ to a disk other than that containing the documents to recover, and start the recovery as soon as possible to increase your chance of success.

Read Only Mode and Virtual Drive Images

Word Recovery™ strictly enforces the read-only access mode to ensure that no data is altered on the disk during the scan. However, that’s not enough when you have a physically unstable or badly worn device with multiple bad sectors. If this is the case, make sure to use the extra-safe mode. In this mode, Word Recovery™ creates a virtual disk image by reading the disk in a single long read operation. This minimizes the risk of the damage and reduces the number of head movements, thus reducing the chance of premature failure. After capturing the disk image, Word Recovery™ will no longer require the original disk or storage media, and can continue the recovery by using that disk image.

Saving the Files

You’ll need a different hard drive, flash drive, or at least a different drive letter to save the documents you’re recovering. This may require a lot of free space depending on the number of documents you are recovering. If you don’t have that much free space on your other disk, you can set Word Recovery™ to save your files to a different media. Word Recovery™ can automatically burn files onto a CD or DVD media, create burnable ISO images, or upload the files onto an FTP server while they are being recovered.

Saving the Files

System Requirements

Word Recovery™ has minimal system requirements, and can be used even on legacy systems. There are no specific requirements to CPU or available memory. The recovery speed will mostly depend on the speed of your hard drive. Word Recovery™ was thoroughly tested in all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows starting with Windows XP and up to the latest Windows 10. Word Recovery™ was tested and officially supports the following operating systems:

Windows 10

  • Threshold
  • Redstone
  • Anniversary Update
  • Creators Update
  • Fall Creators Update

Windows 8 / 8.1

  • Starter
  • Home Basic and Premium
  • Business
  • Enterprise
  • Ultimate

Windows 7

  • Starter
  • Home Basic and Premium
  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Ultimate

Windows Server

  • 2003
  • Home Server
  • 2008
  • Small Business Server
  • 2008 R2
  • Home Server 2011
  • 2012
  • 2012 R2

Windows Vista

  • Starter
  • Home Basic and Premium
  • Business
  • Enterprise
  • Ultimate

Windows XP

  • Home Edition
  • Professional Edition

Questions and answers

  • 🛠️ A Word document opens with an error. Can I repair a damaged doc, docx file?

    Since version 2010, MS Word offers the chance to recover unsaved documents and allows you to repair damaged Doc files in an automatic mode.

  • 🌡️ The USB flash drive displays shortcuts instead of folders and documents. How do I access files and copy them from the flash drive?

    Your flash drive is infected with a virus that hides files. Copying shortcuts or opening documents by clicking on a shortcut will infect the entire computer.

    Run the program and analyze the flash drive. The utility uses low-level disk access, and it will allow you to copy the files bypassing the virus lock.

  • 🔬 Can a program recover doc, docx documents after formatting an external hard drive or SSD?

    The utility allows you to analyze any disk with deleted files and it displays a list of documents available for recovery.

    You can view the contents of the document before purchasing the program. The file will be restored in the same form that is displayed in the preview area.

  • ⌛ If I pay for the program now, how long will it take before I receive my registration data?

    It depends on the payment method you use. If you order online with your credit card or PayPal, you will receive the registration key immediately after payment.

  • What are the requirements for successful data recovery?

    For successful recovery, you must stop using the storage device until the necessary files are fully restored.

    If it is an external drive, memory card or flash drive, then connect it to the PC and analyze them using our program.

    If the data is deleted as a result of formatting the system disk, resetting the operating system or reinstalling Windows, then stop further installation of the operating system and programs. Connect the drive to another computer and perform recovery operations.

    Recovered files must be saved to a different drive.

Reviews and Awards

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Yuri Garmash
Yuri Garmash
An extremely convenient program that saves you the trouble of seeking a data recovery lab. It turns out to be a lot cheaper in terms of time and money.
Irina Klykova
Irina Klykova
Amazing! I had never heard about such programs. A colleague of mine recommended Hetman Word Recovery and now I am doing the same. Best of luck.
Julia Shtol
Julia Shtol
Many thanks to the support team. I should’ve started with file recovery a lot earlier. By that time, the program was unable to find any files. Vladimir told me to search the system disk instead of the flash drive. The documents were found in a temporary folder where they were copied to by WinRAR (that’s what I was told).
Konstantin Smirnov
Konstantin Smirnov
I bought the first Hetman Software product back in 2008, and now I have them all. I usually wait for special offers when they sell two programs for the price of one. Their programs are made very professionally.

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