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I was working on a .tex file using TeXMaker and suddenly got a blue screen! I restarted my computer and the file I was working with appears blank on TeXmaker, although it is full of NULL characters in Notepad++. The size of it is 30 K which makes me believe my work is still there but somehow hidden.

Have any of you got this before ? Do you know any solution ? I can send you the file by e-mail if you would need.

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closed as off-topic by Joseph Wright Aug 22 '13 at 7:53

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.tex are ASCII text file fed to LaTeX engine so should be opened normally with Notepad++ even with different .tex file input encoding(UTF8 or latin1) Only some characters might show wrong. In future Open TeXmaker-->Go to File menu-->Configure TeXmaker-->Editor--> Check on Backup Documents every 10 min. so you get .bak file created automatically not to lose the data. Imp: Remember to save file with .tex extension with latest TeXmaker. – texenthusiast Jul 1 '13 at 23:47
Perhaps a screenshot will actually be helpful in this scenario. (Normally such is frowned upon, but I think this is a special case.) Try opening the file in a binary editor such as Hexedit to make sure the 30K is actually 30K of something potentially useful, and not just a sparse file or something similar. How full of NUL characters is it? – Sean Allred Jul 2 '13 at 3:52
I see why you've asked this here, but I think this is 'off-topic' for us. The fact that you are dealing with a .tex file is really coincidental here: the key thing is recovering the content of a text file after a system crash. What's needed is expertise in file recovery: perhaps SuperUser would be an appropriate place to get ideas. – Joseph Wright Jul 2 '13 at 5:57
I remember a similar problem because a pendrive unmounted by brute force. In this case I was able to recover the file, I think that it was using testdisk in Linux. But this is really off-topic here. – Fran Jul 5 '13 at 3:57

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