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I have an excel File which I couldn't open. The system says it is corrupted and could not be recovered. I had to delete it using Chkdsk and then I had recovered it using recovery software. The file is intact but could not be opened.
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by:SiddharthRout
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May I see the file?

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120304
It contain sensitive info.
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by:SiddharthRout
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Then I guess you will have do it on your own :)

Few methods

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/820741

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http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/repairing-corrupted-files-in-excel-HA001034656.aspx

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http://www.excel-repair.com/

There are also plenty of other softwares on the web. :)

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by:Kanwal_No2
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The file is giving the message "Unable to read file"
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by:SiddharthRout
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Which option did you try? The 1st one?

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120349
None of them. This message is the Original message from the damaged file.
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by:SiddharthRout
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>>>None of them.

Then can you try them. Do not double click the file directly. Follow the instructions mentioned in the links above.

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120420
1st Option : No result
2nd Option : No result (Except that I am downloading the Excel Viewer and will try it when installed)
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120540
3rd Option : Shows a lot of recovery in the log, but the recovered file is not even showing the 1st 30 recovered cells in the Demo Version.
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by:SiddharthRout
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There is also one more method which has proven it self in the past. Try and open the excel file using OpenOffice.

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120858
file is not opening in Excel 2003 viewer too.
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120862
I will try open Office too.
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120877
Opening Excel in Safe Mode too doesn't work.
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by:SiddharthRout
ID: 35120897
No Safe mode will not work to recover files.

If OpenOffice fails then you might give these 2 software a try.

http://www.fdrlab.com/tips/excel.html
http://www.recoverytoolbox.com/excel_file_recovery.html

Well, I have shared all the ways I know on how to recover a corrupt Excel file. :)

I don't know what else to suggest.

Sid
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35120923
Thanks Sid,

I appreciate yours help. Due to senstivity reasons I couldn't post the file, otherwise It could have been more helpful. Anyway I am trying to figure it out. Thanks a lot :)
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35121206
couldn't open in with Open Office.
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by:SiddharthRout
ID: 35121207
If the links that I gave above in ID: 35120897 don't work then may be (I am not sure) the file is beyond repair?

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35121239
REcovery tool box gives the message. "The file is encrypted"
No Recovery
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by:jimyX
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OK, could you try to drag and drop your xls file in MS Word, WordPad or even NotePad?

Some times recovered files are full of white spaces (the characters are not recoverable) so you will know whether the file is completely damaged or not if it is full of spaces (or null values).

PS: the large the file size is, the more time it takes to load in NotePad.
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by:SiddharthRout
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I don't know what else to suggest.

I am not sure but can you zip and password protect the file and then upload it here? You can then mail me the password? Your sensitive info will remain confidential.

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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35121339
The 2nd Software too didn't worked. I have treated this as lost.
Thanks to all. I am now closing this question.
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by:Kanwal_No2
ID: 35169790
Thanks, You tried your best within the limitations posed
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