Solved Corrupted word doc - document.xml corrupted

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January 12, 2015 at 23:43:03
Specs: Windows 7, 8 gb
Word document containing full semester uni work of my friend. She had NO backups and file was kept on USB key (hard to believe but true).
I tried renaming as .zip and extracting the document.xml - no luck.
tried hex editor to see if I could see any text - nothing.
I'm not interested in recovering the images in the file (got those ok). Just need the text if possible. (or point me to tools which might work?)
Thank you very much.

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January 13, 2015 at 07:26:46
What happens if you open Word, then select the Open Repair option?

I'm assuming there was no backup of the file?

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January 13, 2015 at 12:46:48
You can try 7Zip and see if you can get at least your data.

This may work with ZIP, but I use 7Zip and I know it works.
If you do not have 7Zip then look here:

The .docx file is actually a archive file type, so you need to "open the archive" with 7Zip or ZIP

Once you have the .docx file open, there should be several internal files,
the one your interested in is the file called "WordDocument"

Extract this file, and then use JEdit or Notepad to open the file.

There will be a bunch of garbage data but, all your typed data should be there.

See if that works for you.


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January 15, 2015 at 12:04:09
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Use Word's built-in text converter utility. If your Word document was saved in the older .doc format, you may be able to recover it with Word's "Recover Text from Any File" converter. How you access this utility depends on your version of Word.
In Word 2003, select Open from the File menu.
In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office button in the upper left and then select Open from the File menu.
In Word 2010, click the File tab and then select Open from the File menu.
From the Open dialog in your version of Word, select "Recover Text from Any File" from the Files of type dropdown list and then select the file you wish to convert. Your text will be recovered, but any formatting or graphics will be lost. (Header and footer text will be saved but will appear in the body of the recovered text; the headers and footers themselves will be lost.)
After using this utility, reset the Files of type dropdown list to one of the Word document formats to prevent Word from using the recover text utility unnecessarily.

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