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Brian suggested putting this in the Word forum. He thought they might actually be Word documents even though they seemed to be excel files.

Excel found unreadable content in filename.XLS. Do you want to recover the contents

Asked by: mzimerman


 We removed a couple of Excel files from a computer to a flash drive. When we restored the files to the computer, we got the Excel found unreadable contents message and the user is understandably upset. We don't know for sure that the files were not corrupted before we made the transfer, but if possible I'd like to give her the files back uncorrupted. I would like to attach these files to see if someone could have some better luck at it than I. The user is using Excel 2010, but I believe the files are created in Excel 2003. I have no idea what is on these files.
Additional-items-7-2-11--3---1-.xls
Additional-items-7-2-11--3-.xls
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by:redmondb
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Hi, mzimerman.

Why I think they're Word documents...
(1) Instead of an"xl" folder, they have one named "word".
(2) Instead of a "workbook.xml" file they have one named "document.xml".
(3) No "worksheets" folder.
(4) docProps\app.xml refers to Word rather than Excel.
(5) Etc.

Edit: Above notes are for "Additional-items-7-2-11--3-.xls". I don't have the other one's details to hand.

Also you mentioned having no idea what the files contained - they appear to include biographies of medical people from the Second World War.

Regards,
Brian.
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by:mzimerman
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Is it possible to provide the data even if only in text format?
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How were you able to view the file?
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mzimerman,

(1) Please see attached. Hopefully a Word expert can do a better job for you!

(2) Office 2007+ file formats are really zip files.

Regards,
Brian.Additional-items-7-2-11--3--Text.docxAdditional-items-7-2-11--3---1--.docx
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by:redmondb
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Thanks, mzimerman.

Did you really get everything you want from this? I know the file is badly corrupt but the right Word expert might be able to do more for you.

Regards,
Brian.
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