Restoring Lotus Notes Files

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Lotus Notes is business collaboration software comprised of various components like email, address book, calendaring & scheduling, web server, database and programming. It can be a stand-alone data repository, a front-end application suite for various data repositories; in general it is an environment with collection of databases that may interact with each other. Lotus Notes database will save all data in .nsf file format. This file can include design elements, text, programming code and other data. Lotus Notes templates will have .ntf file extension. Latest versions of Lotus Notes used nowadays are Lotus Notes 6 and Lotus Notes 7.

NSF and NTF files from Lotus Notes on computer can become futile when users undergo unexpected situations. Most frequently one might mistakenly delete wrong file while erasing unwanted file from database and suffer file loss. In addition to this scenario, there are few other possibilities of losing Lotus Notes files like:

  • While reinstalling Lotus Notes on any computer, one may lose files from its database if backup not taken
  • In case of moving files and folders within database chances of losing chosen files is more due to interrupted process
  • In case of software conflicts some NSF / NTF files may disappear from Lotus Notes database

Whenever NSF or NTF files are lost or erased from computer hard drive then stop saving new files on to the system hard drive. Deletion or loss of files doesn’t occur permanently until new data is overwritten on old files. Deletion process will just make the file invisible to the operating system marking its memory as empty. So until new files are overwritten to this storage memory, deleted or even lost files can be extracted with no trouble.

Software to recover Lotus Notes files:

With the use of reliable file recovery software, one can definitely retrieve Lotus Notes files from Windows computer. To achieve safe and sound way for extracting .nsf files it is highly recommended to utilize Yodot File Recovery application. This superior tool with dominant scanning techniques, easily recognizes various file types like .doc, .docx, .xls, .pdf, .png, .rar .zip pptx, .html, .xml, so on and restores it successfully. It also supports recovery of backup files with .bkf file format from various storage devices like portable hard drives, SSDs, flash memory cards, Fire wire drives, etc. manufactured by notable brands like SanDisk, Transcend, Toshiba and others. This utility is compatible on Windows computers having prominent Windows OS versions - 8, 8.1, Vista, 7, XP, 2003 and 2008.

Steps to regain Lotus Notes files:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery tool on Windows computer
  • Launch the product by following on screen instructions
  • Main screen displays two options, “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select appropriate option based on file loss scenario
  • Further from the given list of logical and physical drives, choose the one from which NSF or NTF files are to be recovered
  • Scanning process starts and recovered files from drive will get displayed in a list
  • Later, make use of ‘File type view’ / ‘Data view’ options to have brief look at recovered files
  • Now, target a destination location and click on save option to store these restored files

useful Tips:

  • While reinstalling Lotus Notes, backup all required files to a secure location
  • Avoid erasing files from Lotus Notes database without complete knowledge

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