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Recover contents from .CHK files - FREEWARE
Did you ever wonder if there was something useful in those filexxxx.chk files?

Did Scandisk or Chkdsk convert your files to Filexxxx.chk files? When recovering the file system to a consistent state, lost or cross-linked clusters will be set to 'available' when the file system is verified. The contents of these clusters will be saved to a '.CHK file' (Filexxxx.CHK).

While CHK files may contain garbage, before deleting them you should examine the contents of these files. This is especially true if you lost files after a system or application crash: the CHK files may contain the contents of the lost files. Unfortunately Windows does not offer a tool that allows you to do so in an easy way. 

CHK-Mate will examine the contents of the CHK files and determine if the contents are known file types, such as MS-Word files or GIF files. When contents are recognized (for example, as a Word document), the CHK files are copied to a new file with the correct file extension (Filexxxx.CHK -> Filexxxx.DOC). The new file extension allows you to easily open the file using the associated program. It takes just three easy steps to examine your CHK files.

CHK-Mate only recovers the content from ".CHK" files. In case you need an undelete utility try our iUndelete here.

In case you need a more generic data recovery program for recovering data from unformatted, RAW, unpartitioned disks, or even to recover data from RAID arrays or NAS devices, use iRecover multipurpose data recovery software: here.

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CHK-Mate is freeware. Click the URL below to download. Please note that our software isn't 'signed'. Windows may complain that the publisher of the software is unknown. We DIY DataRecovery.nl, are the publisher, so now you know. Our software is safe and virus free. Just make sure you get it from our website.

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And now, without further delay, here's where you download CHK-Mate.

Some suggestions for use:

  • CHK-Mate recognizes the following file types by default: JPG, GIF, ZIP, CAB, EXE, DLL, OCX, WRI, BMP, DOC, PPT, XLS, PDF, HTM(L), WAV, MID, AVI, RAR, TIF and MP3. You can add more yourself.
  • CHK-Mate may appear to hang when processing large files. Be patient, eventually it will come back to life.

"Many thanks for the articleís content. Itís serious, effective and well drafted. Iíve tried all software that you recommend here, and the best result obtained was with CHK-Mate. Brilliant. Thanks again". - Hugo Napoli 

"Thanks for the tip. I had tried Recuva already, but it did not help me. I also was advised on the Dutch gaod-page by Bruwani to try GetDataBack for FAT ($69, try-before-you-buy). That did not succeed either. What helped me this morning was the now-freeware DIY DataRecovery CHK-Mate. After copying the hidden folder FOUND to another drive, CHK-Mate converted the majority of the CHK-files automatically to pdf's. I have not done a complete check, but it seems I have recovered the majority of the missing files."

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