Ok, I'm going to make some (hopefully good) assumptions here, and guess that the files were recovered, and you're on a Mac. If so, when you're double-clicking on the files, I bet they're loading in SimpleText, and you're seeing the binary data. You should try going to the apps you use to work with these files and choosing 'Open' and then opening the file. Or, try dragging them to the appropriate app. Hope that helps - Colin ----- Original Message ----- From: "nate koechley" <nate at vicksburgcollective.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2001 3:09 PM Subject: [thelist] data recovery advice please > hey all, > > so, my mom is studying web design/tech at summer > school. (cute, yes.) > > but, she's exceptionally frustrated today, because > she accidently deleted all her files from her zip > disk (which is the final assignment, due today). > > someone at the lab was able to recover the raw data > from the zip, (which i now possess), but it's all raw > memory data. it still has the right filenames, and > extensions, (htm, gif), but when i open the files, > it's all boxes and rectangles and random characters. > > i was hoping someone would know of a strategy for > translating this back into something useful? > > tia, > nate (and his mom). > > ps: it was really funny trying to talk about this on > the phone with her, because we share almost zero > common language. her "sitemap" ended up being the > window's file explorer interface, for example. <grin> > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !