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How to recover a macromedia flash file (fla) after a crash!
I need help :(

 10:15 am on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ok got blue screen of death last night while i was working with flash mx. Ive lost all the progress i had made and its important that get it back. Is there any way of recovering the lost file? Im willing to pay for a program that could recover the file.



 1:08 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

I heard of programs that could recover parts of a .swf file for later use in the .fla format. Do you happen to have a later version in swf?

Are other files gone bad?


 4:18 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have previous versions but ive lost all the progress i had made since the time i last saved the file. I was hopeing that there mite be a temp file some where that could be converted into a fla.


 11:55 am on Jun 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Not sure if there is much you can do. Sorry for your loss.

First rule of computer club - Save early and often!


 12:06 pm on Jun 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

try looking for this " Restoration " Version 2.5.14 " or later version ..it's a piece of forensic freeware by a japanese guy ..it's got no spyware etc etc in it.

If you have a second hard drive or a zipdrive or whatever you may be able to get it to find what you want in the swap file or in the "freespace" that now exists on your drive ..when your drive crashed the file didn't dissapear or get zapped it just is that now you have no "pointers" to it ...Resto' can recover most any file type but I know that its best with "image" types maybe it will be ok with yours ...the reason for the second drive is that if it can find your your lost file in your swap or free area it is much much safer to then copy what it found onto another area or drive in case you accidentally write over your original file in the free space ( I hope you see what I mean ) ...

Bon chance


 12:55 pm on Jun 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Very interesting, Leosghost! Thanks for posting that info.


 5:20 pm on Jun 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanx for the help but ive had no luck with restoration


 7:48 pm on Jun 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

If it were easy to do what you want, then I wouldn't be saying "save, save and then save again for good measure"!... but I am ;) I believe that after you restarted your comp after the blue screen, then any temp data went with it. There is software that will rebuild your .fla from a .swf. But the best thing to do in these situations is: redo the work. As you have done it before it should be quicker to rebuild the second time round. But never forget the anquish you have suffered now, and you will always save often in the future (if you had decided to redo the work after the crash, it would have been finished ages ago). Remember this though as it's pure science: The periods when your comp is so stable you could kick it without fear, and you don't think you need to worry about saving often, is when all the components get together and decide it's time for a CRASH! (they're probably on the Gates payrol!)


 8:18 am on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sorry about that but there you've got me stumped,you did install restore on aseparate drive or even afloppy yeah? in case you wrote it over your lost file that was in your swap and lost the ( hidden ) directory entries or headers that way ....As for a paid one IMHO this one is probably the best that there is that is available for non law enforcement agency use ..if on the other hand you have a friend in the feds? theyd o have one which recovers stuff which is a sort of beefed up version of the same technology ..as it's all basically the same ..
In the future (and I know that's not whats bothering you right now but anyway ) ..it is much easier for any recovery utility to get back files that are not too big ( you didn't say the size of your "lost" ) and most importantly from a system that is well defragged ...which most people don't do nearly enough and is responsible for a hell of a lot of blue screens . Also most image manipulation progs have the option of creating reference point copies along the way at preset intervals of time or manips ..AFAIK you can do this in both Flash ( later ones and in Swishmax ) ...otherwise I feel your pain ..

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