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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:01 am    Post subject: Hi, requesting help and advice in recovering a corrupt file Reply with quote

hello,

http://dl9.ohshare.com/v/5528014/1question2.sxw.html

this file was made with OpenOffice.org1.1.3.
once when writing aditional text oo crashed with unknown error saying the file is corrupt.
I deleted the end portion of the text in notepad beliving it to have caused the corruption.

now the file will not open, but oo offers to repair the file and opens a blank page

by backup folder is empty.

If anyone can offer me any advice or help in recovering the content i would be very greatfull, this is really important.

many thanks for reading.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The .sxw part confused me for a moment but this is an HTML file. I couldn't get OOo to open it but any otehr HTML editor worked fine. I would not generally use Writer for HTML editing so I suggest you look at Nvu or similar.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Hi, requesting help and advice in recovering a corrupt f Reply with quote

al33x wrote:

http://dl9.ohshare.com/v/5528014/1question2.sxw.html

this file was made with OpenOffice.org1.1.3.


I was able to get it to open in 2.1 by manually renaming the file to delete the .html extension.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I uploaded the file to a file host and thats the link to the download location, i dont know how else to make the file available.

the document i am trying to recover is called question2 and is sxw, sorry for the confusion.

heres a different link to the same hosted file

http://www.mediafire.com/?0jynev2jozy

the file contained many pages of text and im really stuck for options please help me.
many thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That file is an invalid ZIP file, hence OOo won't open it. There are tools for recovering data from broken ZIP files, they might be able to help you though I don't know much about this field.

There's just something you said in your initial post:
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I deleted the end portion of the text in notepad beliving it to have caused the corruption.

Did you do this by opening up the .sxw file in Notepad and deleting a chunk of the unreadable content? If so, that's why your file would be broken.

Unless you had a backup before attempting such a dangerous binary editing operation, I'm afraid you're stuck.

I do have a very good way of preventing problems like this, though it's not suitable for widespread use yet: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ooosvn/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unless you had a backup before attempting such a dangerous binary editing operation, I'm afraid you're stuck.


Do you think its practically possible to retrieve the content if this is the case?

Does oo store backups or temporary files or something off the register, is there any way of retrieving an earlier version from the computer?
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