Solved Hopelessly corrupted word file

April 11, 2017 at 01:35:30
Specs: Windows 10
I too have a corrupted word 13 file. And I've tried everything but everything to fix it, with no luck. None of the regular protocols worked. I refuse to give up hope. Even high quality data recovery places have deemed me hopeless. If anybody has any suggestions. I want to hear it.

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April 13, 2017 at 16:15:42
See this MS article, it explains, in detail, what happens with a Word file:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

MIKE

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#1
April 11, 2017 at 03:34:55
I guess you didn't save any backups of it on separate physical drives as soon as the document was created? Well that's just asking for trouble.

Severe file corruption may not be repairable (plus hard drives can fail at any time) so you need to be prepared for that (ie backup, backup, backup!).

Whilst your perseverance is admirable, If data recovery services have been unable to recover it there then you're flogging a dead horse.

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April 11, 2017 at 05:05:32
Try this HOW-TO and see if it offers any hope:

https://www.computing.net/howtos/sh...

MIKE

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April 12, 2017 at 06:45:31
This is for Mr. McConaghy:

I already have all the XML files in a folder. And I just downloaded the Notepad++ but I really don't know how to use it. Do you just paste the folder into the box or what? Regular notepad shows nothing & the XML files have shown gibberish. I also tried to put it in rtf & it showed me 24 pages of rows & rows of squares. That was about how big my document was before I lost it. Txt has shown nothing.

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April 12, 2017 at 13:35:13
Open Notepad++
Then Select File/Open
Navigate to the file named document.xml that you extracted from the original DOCX archive.
Select the file and click OK

You should be able to read the first line which should be similar to:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>

The second line is where your data should be,
it will be one very long line of readable text with xml markup tags.

If you get this far and can not read the first line above,
then your data may be lost.
But before you give up,
try getting a new copy of the document.xml from the docx file,
In playing around with it, the file may have been corrupted.
Try again with a fresh copy of document.xml from within the docx file.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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April 12, 2017 at 23:01:58
I did the file & I got the first line. The second line, all it said was what kinds of fonts, formats & stuff. It did NOT say a single word from my file. Is my file supposed to be in there somewhere. I had gone through each of the files very carefully. They were correct about the font I used & a few other things, but there was absolutely no words that I had used in the document. I also tried a fresh copy of the file, but when I tried to open it in a zip file, it wouldn't open. All I got was the same error message I get when I try to open it in Word & a blank notepad document.

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April 13, 2017 at 06:32:53
I also tried a fresh copy of the file, but when I tried to open it in a zip file, it wouldn't open.

When you originally extracted the document.xml file, did you Copy or Move it?
If you Moved it then you no longer have anything in the .docx archive,
if you Copied it, then if Zip isn't working try 7-Zip.

All your data should be on the second line.
Depending on how long the document was the second line can be very very long.
If you slowly scroll all the way to the end, and did not see any of your text, interspersed with xml markup tags, then it is gone.
Sorry.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#7
April 13, 2017 at 15:17:26
I was thinking, maybe there wasn't anything in the files to begin with. That would explain the empty notepads, blank xml files & even the hex file I did. All there was in that file was mostly zeros. Plus, all during this search, I have never seen a single hint of anything that was in the file. It was like the file vanished into thin air. A Microsoft tech told me that it could have been renamed. But the file has to be somewhere. If so, how would I start looking for it.

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April 13, 2017 at 16:15:42
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See this MS article, it explains, in detail, what happens with a Word file:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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