Word .doc vanished - (not .docx) - 40 pages of work - Windows XP crashed after renaming file (It was prev saved work done over several weeks)

pref free solution please ...

early version of word.   Not a docx

It cant be found in a dos search.

Is there a free good hex editor I can try?
Im not familiar with hex editors but Ive heard its the way to go.

Any point trying a data recovery tool like easy data recover or NTFS recovery tool
rather than a hex editor?

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Christopher GayIT Operations ManagerCommented:

I have had great success with the Recuva application from www.piriform.com They have a free version you can try. I would suggest you run the deep scan in order to get the best data set to look through.

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you can use EaseUS Data Recovery
its free and excellent
the feedback of EaseUS Data Recovery is really good when it comes to .doc files
fcekAuthor Commented:
I used winhex in the end.
Provided its not a .docx it finds text anywhere on a PC
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