Doc/Text Files Corrupted

Gateway / Gt5622
April 25, 2009 at 17:44:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.8 GHz / 3062 MB
Okay, So I have been driven to the point of insanity trying to recover my doc/text files. I saved them awhile back on DVD-R's and now when I decided to copy over a few files to look thru the Doc files were corrupted or have bad sectors or something but all that appears on the screen are Numbers or a Long Blank Page that you can highlight <--meaning the file is there but just not viewable...the same goes for my Text documents. Any Suggestions are to how I can recover these or am I just wasting time?

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#1
April 25, 2009 at 18:55:08
Were the files copied to the CDs with an XP system or earlier? And you are trying to open them with Vista?

If so I believe there is some kind of compatibility issue but I'm not 100% sure... Someone will be able to clarify if this is the case.


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#2
April 25, 2009 at 19:38:01
Actually the Disc was Copied on Vista. So I know it can't be a compatability issue or at least I hope not.

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#3
April 25, 2009 at 19:59:16
@btk1w1:

It's not a Vista vs. XP compatibility issue that you've heard of, it's an Office 2007 vs. earlier versions of Office issue.

In addition, the compatibility issue doesn't show up as a "corrupt-acting" file. The files types are different - .xlsx vs .xls and .docx vs .doc

The 2007 files won't open in the earlier versions of Office unless the compatibility pack is downloaded and installed.

You get a message when you try to open the 2007 files in an earlier version, not a file that opens incorrectly. Installing the compatibility is pretty simple, but I don't think that's the problem EarPollution is having.

@EarPollution

The only thing I can suggest trying is to copy the selected "stuff" and paste it into Notepad to see if anything shows up. Maybe the text is all there but Office can't figure out what to do with it. Maybe a "less featured" app like Notepad will show the characters without having to deal with formatting.

It's a long shot, but it can't hurt to try.

Good luck!


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#4
April 25, 2009 at 20:13:42
Thanks for clearing that up for me DerbyDad.

I hope you are able to resolve this EarPollution.


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#5
April 25, 2009 at 20:35:06
Thanks for the Tip DerbyDad...But no to no Avail the Text that is supposed to be there is well Un-readable or just pretty much invisible.

I wrote all of these documents on Microsoft 07 so it can't be that kind of Compatibility issue either. I did try Re-Copying the files from the DVD-R but it came up with this Error Message: "Cannot find /Disc E: Please make sure there is a Disc in Drive E" The other Documents both Doc & Text file that are in the same folder read and copy over well with no errors or corruptions it just seems like maybe 12 ouf of the 24 files are bad but I sooo Desperately need them. Thanks for the tips guy's I'll keep Trying out different things for now.


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#6
April 25, 2009 at 20:39:15
*Edit forgot to add this part to my previous response.*

@EarPollution

The only thing I can suggest trying is to copy the selected "stuff" and paste it into Notepad to see if anything shows up. Maybe the text is all there but Office can't figure out what to do with it. Maybe a "less featured" app like Notepad will show the characters without having to deal with formatting.

@DerbyuDad
I also forgot...On Office it shows up as numerical language or some sort and on Notepad it shows up Ghosted * Or Clear Text* and if I try to change the font or color it stays clear. Thanks for the Tip though.


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