Unable to open excel file
Posted on 1999-07-29
Since a couple of weeks the following error started appearing on certain Excel files on our network.
'FILENAME.XLS' cannot be accessed. The file may be read-only, or you may be trying to access a read-only location. Or, the server the document is stored on may not be responding.
But the fileproperties state that this file isn't "read-only", the location isn't "read-only" and the server is available. I can rename the file but there is no way of opening the file or overwriting it. I copied the file to the local hard disk but that doesn't help.
We are running Excel 97 (SR2), Novel 4.11, Novell client V2.50.
I have no idea what is causing this problem. It has already happened with a couple of files. I can't find any viruses.
One day you work with the file, you save it and the next day you can't open it (?!).
I've tried all the suggestions from the Microsoft site but none of those work.
The program from excelrecovery.com can get some of the information out of the file.
So in fact two questions.
Main question: What is causing this problem?
Second q: How can I gain access to the "damaged" files?