Corrupted WORD and *.IDX files

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ron derenzo

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We spotted hundreds of IDX files in our WORD application and so, silly me, I deleted them.
When I opened WORD DOCS they were corrupted.
There is jibberish on each page and I pannicked cause the files contain College Applications.

Now, I restored the *.IDX files and I thought I had fixed the problem but now the jibberish is back.

WHAT DO I DO? My daughter is pannicking and I'm lost.

There are random charcters all over most of the docs.
There are http references where data from the net was used.

I'm concerned that I screwed up the whole application.

ANY SUGGESTIONS or thoughts????

HELP????

I am using Windows XP.....
 
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Where - exactly- were the IDX files?

IDX is generically an Index file, not sure why they would exist but it depends just where you found them. "In our Word Application" suggests C/Program Files/Microsoft Office/ etc? was this the location?

If you mean they were in the data files area (my documents etc) then thats very different to being in the Word application itself.

Deleting any files from inside an application folder would really be dicing with danger...

Sounds like they could have been indexed links to external information, but if these were indeed such important documents, surely backups have been made?
Remember an even worse situation would occur if the hard drive suddenly failed (and they do, frequently) ... I can assure you from experience (4 in 4 years).

Please advise just where you deleted them from?
What version of Word?
 
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