Recovering Deleted or Unsaved Word Files

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? Hetman Word Recovery will help you get your documents back!

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Hetman Word Recovery 2.3

Hetman 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, Hetman Word Recovery can extract documents from FAT and NTFS volumes.

Using Hetman 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”.

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Why Documents Can Go Missing

Hetman 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.

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Features and Benefits

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

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

  • DOC - Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc);
  • DOCX - Microsoft Word Document (*.docx);
  • DOT - Document Template (*.dot);

In addition to Microsoft Word, Hetman 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:

  • ODT - OpenDocument Text Document (*.odt);

Finally, Hetman Word Recovery supports the following file formats:

  • PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf);
  • PDB - Document File (*.pdb);
  • RTF - Rich Text Format File (*.rtf);
  • WPD - WordPerfect Document (*.wpd);
  • WRI - Windows Write Document (*.wri);
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Supported Storage Media

Hetman Word Recovery supports all storage devices formatted with FAT (VFAT / FAT16 / FAT32 / exFAT) and NTFS. The tool supports compressed and encrypted volumes. NTFS Alternate Data Streams can be recovered. Hetman 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. Hetman Word Recovery can recover documents from RAID arrays, assuming that the RAID is assembled and fully functional.

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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.

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The Recovery Engine

Ease of Use

Hetman 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, Hetman Word Recovery features a built-in integrity check, relieving the user from going through a huge number of invalid entries. With Hetman Word Recovery, you won’t need to go through hundreds of files to locate a single “working” one!

Step by Step Wizard

Using Hetman 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. Hetman 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

Hetman 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 Hetman 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! Hetman 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 Hetman 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.

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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! Hetman Word Recovery implements all the required features to make the recovery process as safe as theoretically possible. Make sure you download and install Hetman 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

Hetman 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, Hetman 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, Hetman Word Recovery will no longer require the original disk or storage media, and can continue the recovery by using that disk image.

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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 Hetman Word Recovery to save your files to a different media. Hetman 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.

System Requirements

Hetman 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. Hetman 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. Hetman Word Recovery was tested and officially supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP:

  • Home Edition
  • Professional Edition

Windows Vista

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

Windows 8 / 8.1 / Ten

  • Core
  • Pro
  • Enterprise
  • RT

Windows Server

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

Windows 7

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

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