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Excel files got corrupted on a Shared Drive

Posted on 2009-04-06
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Hi Experts!

I'm facing a very strange problem... Our Excel files on the RAID shared drive got corrupted for whatever reason, some of them disappeared completely, and others look very weird when you open them up (data got splattered all over and in some odd characters).

Is there any way to recover the original files? What might of caused this?
I'm thinking about running a file recovery software (R-Studio) to see if it'll pick up anything, but not sure whether it will or not...

Anything I can try?

Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed!

Thanks in advance!
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Kaptain1,
>Is there any way to recover the original files?
Try:
- Opening the file with OPenOffice - it's free from http://openoffice.org-2009.com/index.asp?aff=101&camp=gg_oo_uk&se=google
- Using the Open and Repair option in Excel. At the right hand end of the Open button there's a dropdown arrow where you will find the Open and Repair option
- Use the corporate backups. If there are none then I guess it's time to have a serious discussion with your IT guy.
>What might [have] caused this?
- The files might be shared - in other words more than one person can access an individual file at the same time. If that is the case, switch them to single user only.
Patrick
 
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Kaptain1 - Thanks for the grade - Patrick
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