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Is it possible toI fix a corrupted microsoft word document

A mate of mine has a corrupted word document. Totally inledgeable. Just random characters. The problem was they were opening and saving the document directly from a usb key on two different pc's with two different versions of word.
I've tried all the solutions on the following web site which was very informative but to no avail.

http://www.officearticles.com/word/recover_a_corrupt_microsoft_word_document.htm.

I've also tried a raft of word repair tools, demo versions included to see if they can extract any ledgable data but also to know avail.

I've also used JEdit to open it using different character encodings. Another failure.

Is there any way to retreive any of the data in this document? Please help
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There has to be readable text for this to work, but open word, click file open and in the files of type box, select recover text from any file. This will pull anything which exists.

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Thanks Chris. I tried that but to no avail. The characters in the docuement are still random and illegable. Its like its encoded with some obsecure text enconding, or it recevied a memory dump or something.
Is it confidential, or can you post it here?

Chris B
Its a college lab report but its not really confidential. If I attach it will it be viewable to everyone?

The one thing i did notice when you open it up is the number values amongst the garbage on each page increment with every page
Yes, any attached file is open to all - which is the whole idea. Someone may find a way to read more of it. If you are not comfortable with this, don't do it.

Chris B
Thanks Chris. Its not mine so I better not. The file itself was origionally 15 pages but since the corruption its increased to 189 pages.
Another thought, do a search for all tmp files on the two pc's used and check any with contents and file dates within the period that the file was opened. Might turn up something...

Chris B
If you like you can email it to me. Address on my profile, just click burrcm above. Happy to see what I can do, and I will keep it private.

Chris B
Thanks. I'll look at the p.c's later today. The one thing I did find on the usb key though is two extra files in the same folder where the corrupted file resides.
The two extra files have the same name as the coruptted file but with the following extensions

_BAK.doc  
_SAL.doc
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couldnt resolve problem, but thanks very much for assistance
Ah well, we tried. Thanks for the points. I examined the file and it had been seriously destroyed. No hope of recovery.

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