Notepad++ shows NULL NULL after crash



  • Hi guys…My PC got power down…i was working on notepad++ file while the power was down. After PC restarts i open that file which shows all NULL NULL NULL. I tried to check in backup folder which i dont see any. I tried Recuva as some of the threads here suggested i got recovered the file, but that file shows some different text and characters. I tried to open the file in notepad it shows nothing, tried different text editors too but no use.

    Can anyone please help me how to recover my data from those NULL NULL …

    Thanks in advance.



  • @Gopi-KRISHNA-Chv

    which directory did you search for the backup files and did you enable backup beforehand? Which npp version do you use? (debug-info from ? menu)



  • @Ekopalypse
    Thanks for responding mate. Sorry for late reply, due to new member have limits.
    “C:\Users\admin\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup” is my backup directory. And yes i have backup option beforehand.

    Debug-Info

    Notepad++ v7.5.9 (32-bit)
    Build time : Oct 14 2018 - 15:02:52
    Path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : DSpellCheck.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll NppTextFX.dll PluginManager.dll



  • @Gopi-KRISHNA-Chv

    sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but looks like you’ve done what you could have done.
    Strange that there is nothing in backup directory when it was set up.
    100% sure you used this installed version and not any portable version?
    Or could it be that you use some kind of cleaner software like CCLeaner which
    accidentally deleted those files?
    Again, sorry, but looks like the files are gone.



  • @Ekopalypse Yes its installed version, not portable. No i havent ran CCleaner or any cleaning tools mate. There is another thing i forgot to mention. I am editing the file which is in dropbox directly. Not on my local drive.

    Is there any way we can convert this file or open in any editor to convert those NULLs to data.



  • @Gopi-KRISHNA-Chv

    Is there any way we can convert this file or open in any editor to convert those NULLs to data.

    No, NULLs are actually valid data in terms of data itself. Those are, for example, used to separate strings in C etc…
    If the file you open contains only NULLs nothing else then I don’t think it can be recovered.
    But may I ask how you connect to your dropbox drive? Did carefully check whether there are some uncommon files at dropbox?



  • no uncommon files. Been using the same file since 4 weeks. Its just crashed with PC power off. Since then i am seeing these NULLs



  • @Gopi-KRISHNA-Chv

    I haven’t used Dropbox in some time, but can’t it cough up a relatively recent version of your file(s)?



  • @Alan-Kilborn.I didnt know dropbox have version history. I got the file recovered from there. Thanks mate…



  • @Gopi-KRISHNA-Chv said:

    I am editing the file which is in dropbox directly. Not on my local drive.

    One more note here concerning dropbox: The file IS on your local drive. It is just that dropbox is “watching” that local drive location and is updating its “cloud copy” as your local copy changes.


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