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I have the external drive case connected and recognized by my notebook. There is a DRecovery file and folder on the drive. I am asked what application to use to open the file. What do I do?

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Unless you know what app uses that extension, I'd suggest doing a google search on the extension (ie: .com, .pdf, etc) to see what program it's connected to. You may be able to open it in a text file viewer and see enough info to figure out what it is.

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