Solutions to Recovered Files Won't Open or Not Opening

This tutorial article tells why your recovered files cannot open and how to open recovered files successfully with third-party data recovery software and other solutions. Free download this software and follow to get your recovered files opened with simple clicks now.

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Why Recovered Files Not Opening

Are you having the problem of being unable to open recovered files after data recovery with third-party utilities like EaseUS data recovery, Disk Drill, Recuva, ZAR, or Stellar? Many users complain that even the data recovery is successful; however, some recovered files can't open.

There are many factors that prevent users from viewing or open recovered files. The recovered files can be Word document, JPEG files,  videos, or emails. The following are some typical causes:

  • File recovery failure (partial data were not restored correctly)
  • File corruption
  • File encryption (due to Virus/malware infection)
  • Data overwriting

Troubleshoot Recovered Files Not Opening or Unreadable

Solutions towards these issues are different. We suggest you figure out the cause first and then refer to the related method to get rid of this issue, restoring all files.

Fix File Recovery Failure - Use Another Reliable File Recovery Software

When you perform incomplete file recovery on your storage devices with Recuva, Stellar, Disk Drill, or even EaseUS file recovery software, you probably cannot open recovered files. Here's what to do:

  • First, make sure that you use the software in the right way. 
  • Second, choose a renowned and professional third-party file recovery software for help.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard would help you out of 'recovered files not opening or recovered files can't error on all Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP and Vista. It will scan and restore all lost files in 3 steps:

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Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files

Wait until the scanning completes. The Filter helps you find the files you want more quickly. If you need to preview the file, double-click the item you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

If you took the right steps, but still the recovered files won't open, it's very likely that the files have been fragmented or corrupted.

Under this condition, don't forget to search the files in "More lost files(Raw)" or "Extra Files", "Filter".

recovered files not opening

1. If EaseUS file recovery software fails to restore all of your lost files, contact us by emailing to [email protected] with all details of your problem.
EaseUS data recovery experts will contact you and help to resolve your problem as soon as possible.
2. Also, remember to save recovered files to another secure device. Don't let the revered data get further damaged in the original device or being overwritten by new files.

Fix File Corruption - Apply File Repair Tool for Help

When the recovered files are corrupted, you certainly can't open them by simply clicking. Under this circumstance, you'll need a reliable file repair tool for help. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is not only famous for data recovery but also competent to repair corrupted files after recovery. With this tool, you don't need to worry about the recovered files not opening problem, EaseUS data recovery will complete file repair automatically. 

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EaseUS data recovery program supports comprehensive file repair solutions. For instance:

  • Repair corrupted JPEG/JPG files 
  • Repair corrupted Excel or Word document for various reasons 
  • Fix multiple broken files at the same time
  • Preview the repaired files for free
  • Repair damaged files from PC, laptop, external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, etc.

The steps below display how EaseUS data recovery software repair corrupted videos, which help you fix the recovered video not playing issue.

Step 1. Select a disk location where the corrupt files are saved. Click "Scan" to start finding the corrupt files and repairing them.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. This program will scan all over the location to find lost and corrupted files as many as possible.

Use the "Filter" > "Type" to specify the exact corrupted file type and use the left pane to locate needed files in "Deleted Files", "Other Lost Files > Files Lost Original Name", or "Tags" quickly.

scan and repair corrupt files

Step 3. Double-click on the damaged file and start repairing files.

Once repaired, select the target file and click "Recover." You should save the repaired corrupted files to a different location to avoid data overwriting.

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Fix File Encryption - Clean Virus and Decrypt Files with 

If you lost an encrypted file, after the file recovery, you could decrypt it with your password. But if your files were encrypted by virus, here's what you should do:

Step 1. Clean up the virus on PC and storage devices by running virus cleaner software. (Free Antivirus, Virus Removal Software, etc. can all work. )

Step 2. Use file decryption tools or software for help.

The tools listed can work to decrypt your files that can't be opened:

  • McAfee Ransomware Recover
  • File Encrypt Decrypt 
  • EncryptOnClick
  • Decryption Tool

Data Overwritten - Restore Overwritten Files

Mostly, when your files get overwritten by a new file, you can neither open the old file nor restore it by applying normal file recovery software. 

Fortunately, you may still have the last chance by restoring it from the previous version or restoring the overwritten file by performing System Restore. To do so, you can refer to recover overwritten files for a detailed guide.

The Bottom Line

To sum up, on this page, we discussed the reasons that cause your recovered files not opening and offered related solutions to resolve each issue. Remember, whenever you lost files, turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for emergency help.

Or if you have no luck that recovered files were corrupted or damaged, can't open, also use EaseUS file repair software to repair corrupted files effectively.

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Recovered Files Not Opening FAQs

If you have more questions about recovered files not opening or EaseUS data recovery files not opening, check the following topics and see more guide.

Can't open recovered files from EaseUS?

There might be very different causes why EaseUS data recovery files not opening after recovery. The causes might be:

  • The lost file itself has been damaged
  • Physical damage or bad sectors in the storage device
  • The file contents are overwritten with other data
  • The damaged file system on the storage device

For these reasons, you can solve EaseUS recovered files not opening in different ways. You have the option of fixing files or fixing storage devices.

Why recovered files cannot be opened?

The recover files can't open if one or more of the following conditions occurs:

  • Data recovery doesn't complete or fails.
  • The files have been corrupted or damaged before recovery.
  • The files have been encrypted due to virus or malware infection.
  • New data has overwritten the files.
  • The storage device has some problems, such as bad sectors, physical damage, etc.

Can't open recovered Word files?

After data recovery, if you can't open the recovered Word files, you can use EaseUS file recovery and repair tool to help you out. This program can repair corrupted Word files during the recovery process. There is no need for you to look for another Word file repair software.

How do I open recovered files?

You can open the recovered files in the way below:

  • Find the file on your computer and double-click it. This will open the file in its default application.
  • Open the application, then use the application to open the file. Once the application is open, you can go to the File menu at the top of the window and select Open. 

Can corrupted files be recovered?  

In some cases, it is possible to recover and fix the corrupted files. You can apply a professional file repair program to troubleshoot. If you can't recover and repair the damaged files, it may be necessary to delete the file and replace it with an earlier saved version. 

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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