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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Recover typed form data (or, OH NO What Have I Done!)

Have you ever spent ages typing into a web form, only to press submit and be served a message like "Error=remote_computer_lost_your_hard_work" or even just a blank page? 

If this has just happened to you, and before you do ANYTHING else, try this:
  1. Download HxD Hex Editor (here is a link to a portable version)
  2. Open the HxD program.
  3. Click Extras - Open RAM...
  4. Choose the browser your are currently using (such as firefox.exe).  The program now 'reads' the RAM stores associated with this program.
  5. Click Search - Find.
  6. Type part of a phrase of what you just typed - and click OK.
  7. This will find the place in the RAM where your form data is stored.
  8. Now just select the text you want to recover, use Ctrl+C for copy, and then paste into Word or Notepad for additional formatting.

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These types of errors do happen, and there is are some very poorly coded websites out there.

Hopefully this has helped you recover some work!

4 comments:

  1. That was really cool, helped a lot! Thank you!

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  2. just saved me some serious time . Thanks!

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  3. This is AWESOME ! Works !!! Thank you so much !

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