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Word 97 document no longer can be opened

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  1. Worried19

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    I have a Word 97 document (.doc) that all of a sudden is no longer openable by the very Word 97 that created it. I tried what the error message said, but nothing helped.

    Is it "corrupted"? Is there a file repair tool that will tell me what's wrong and fix it?

    It will open in WordPad, but of course is mostly squares.
     
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    Thanks, Kiwiguy

    Reviewed above, did all, nothing worked, same error message, Word can't open the document. Any other ideas?
     
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    It must be badly corrupted.

    In some cases all you can do is abandon it and use your backup copy.

    What? No routine backup?
     
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    I have backup of this document (a book in preparation), but the last few changes were lost. But I did manage to recapture them in another way.

    I do not, however, have a routine backup. What do you recommend?

    I am thinking about a backup with DriveImage of my whole hard drive onto CDs at occasional intervals, in case of crash or virus. But I wonder about the best day to day or week to week backup.

    I have wxp and w98 networked. I wonder about backing up each to the other (important documents). Any advice?
     
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    I'll give it a shot if you want to email it to (removed)
     
  7. Saga Lout

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    It may not have been corrupted as such but could it have been opened in a more recent version of Word and then been updated to that version. You could try clicking it in Explorer, use the Open With facility and then select Wordpad or even notepad if you don't mind losing some of the formatting attributes.
     
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    Dear Saga,

    The formating is important. It will open in wordpad, but it is worthless there. Much gibberish (squares) along with the text with no formating. I don't see how it could have been updated to a later version. If it were, would there be a way to tell? Does the fact that it will open in wordpad mean anything?

    I have emailed it to Anne (Dreamboat) to work on.
     
  9. Anne Troy

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    Updating to a newer version shouldn't make any difference at all anymore. That was true with much older versions of Office, but since 97 and up---shouldn't matter.

    Anyway, I did try all my usual tricks, but it didn't work.

    Worried: If you have access to a PC that can run a defrag on a floppy (win98 could, but I can't get my XP to do it), then put the file on a floppy, and run a defrag on it. That's often successful...
     
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    Dreamboat-

    Did. Didn't work (used my w98). Still curious, but looks like answer is hidden. Thanks for the effort.
     
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