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File error: data may have been lost

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We have three excel files that we save in Microsoft Excel 97-2003 format that we enter in mostly text into in that has worked fine for years but now we get an error message opening all three that say "File error: data may have been lost"

Any assistance offered with this would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Eirman
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When you select the file for opening in Excel 2003, you should see a dropdown arrow next to the Open button with a Repair Option.

The fact that all three have gone faulty, point to a hard disk / file corruption problem.

Do you have "System Restore" available for the drive that holds the files?
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by:regsamp
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I tried the Repair Option but it did not seem to work. Even the last backups were giving the error. What I did was just resave them with a different name and it seems to be working okay now. Monitoring now.
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Try rebuilding your projects as suggested here
http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/223851-rebuild-your-workbook.html
This should make them much less prone to corruption in the future.

Do you have the Analysis Tool Pak installed?
This sometimes causes this type of problem.
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by:regsamp
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Thank you. I will do that. I do not have the Pak installed.
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