retreive truncated doc file

March 24, 2009 at 06:20:34
Specs: Windows XP
hellppp..I was working on an essay which was saved in word 2000..the computer shut down and i managed to read that my file was being "truncated"..now its lost and system recover wasnt turned on so i cant recover the file. when i do a search on the computer it does pullup te file but i cannot open it. i'm not very good with technical stuff so if there is any way i would be able to revover the file pls advise...

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#1
March 24, 2009 at 07:53:13
In Windows the term - truncated - means the filename including its path is too long. A long file name (LFN) that exceed 255 characters will be truncated.

What you can do is navigate to the folder containing the file and rename it to a shorter name.

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#2
March 24, 2009 at 07:54:36
"truncated" means the file's data was chopped off at some point or points because part of the data was found to be corrupted.
If you can't open the file after it has been truncated, data has been lost that needs to be there in order to open the file.
Whatever data has been chopped off does not show up in the Recycle bin, and data lost that way usually cannot be restored by loading a previous retore point in System Restore .

You could search on the web or on the Microsoft web site on the pages where the support for Word is using something such as: repair Word 2000 file, but even if that results in you being able to then open the file, it's contents will probably not all be there.
.........

"...the computer shut down ..."

Describe exactly what happened.

E.g. did the computer black screen or blue screen before it shut down?
........

It's possible your hard drive is failing.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.


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#3
March 24, 2009 at 08:01:03
"In Windows the term - truncated - means the filename including its path is too long. A long file name (LFN) that exceed 255 characters will be truncated."

HUH?

How likely is it he would even attempt to do that?


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