Solved I can't repair corrupt .Docx files.

Microsoft Office word 2007 (academic)
February 16, 2016 at 11:04:36
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 4 2GHz / 4 gigs.
Hi, I've been trying to recover these files for days and I have gotten absolutely nowhere.
First of all, these are files from late last year and earlier this year my Macbook Pro crashed. I was able to recover most of the documents with Stellar Phoenix however some of them seem too corrupt to repair.
The main problem: When I try to open these .DOCX files on Win 7 in word, text edit or open office all I get is a bunch of symbols eg. "]≥D @]≥< @]≥4 @]≥, @]≥$ @]≥ @]≥ @]≥"
Before it opens in Microsoft Word (2011) the 'Convert File' window pops up and I proceed to the option 'recover text from any file'.
The document then opens in compatibility mode and with a compatibility check it displays the following errors:
"1. Word 6.0/95 compatibility options are set
2. This document displays unicode characters that might not display correctly in earlier versions of office."
When I change the compatibility preferences there is no difference to the text and the second, unicode error persists.
From here when I try to 'Save as' it automatically tries to save it as a '.Doc' file, not '.Docx'.
I have tried a few different things such as putting the files on to a Windows computer, zipping and unzipping to view the . XML content which didn't work but I am an amateur Windows user so I could have gone wrong. I have tried converting it to an RTF, no luck. And I have tried downloading an XML editor but it is beyond me.
Any suggestions? How do you know if the file is too corrupt?
Any help would be really appreciated!

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February 24, 2016 at 06:43:12
Did you ever email the files somewhere? Even if the mails are deleted, there are sometimes temporary versions stored.
Similarly, were there ever versions in the cloud - Dropbox, etc? Sometimes these store older versions of files, even if the latest one is corrupt.
Finally, if there's paper copies somewhere, these can often be scanned and fed through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) programs to turn the images back into editable text.
It may be running a program like Word Recovery Toolbox on the disk - from Word Recovery Toolbox - in case it gets better versions than Stellar. Free to try (it shows you what's there), but costs a few $$ to do the actual recovery.


#1
February 16, 2016 at 11:41:54
See if this HOW-TO offers any assistance:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#2
February 16, 2016 at 18:43:27
Have you tried any of the online docx readers? There are some freebies about. There's just a slime chance one might open them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
February 17, 2016 at 11:27:20
Have you tried "Open and Repair?"

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#4
February 24, 2016 at 06:43:12
✔ Best Answer
Did you ever email the files somewhere? Even if the mails are deleted, there are sometimes temporary versions stored.
Similarly, were there ever versions in the cloud - Dropbox, etc? Sometimes these store older versions of files, even if the latest one is corrupt.
Finally, if there's paper copies somewhere, these can often be scanned and fed through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) programs to turn the images back into editable text.
It may be running a program like Word Recovery Toolbox on the disk - from Word Recovery Toolbox - in case it gets better versions than Stellar. Free to try (it shows you what's there), but costs a few $$ to do the actual recovery.

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#5
February 24, 2016 at 10:01:48
See if the following article would help also:
https://community.office365.com/en-...

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#6
February 26, 2016 at 05:51:37
Thank you guys for your feedback and help. Sorry, that long time did not respond. This is because the issue was solved and I forgot to tell.) Thank you!

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