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I am attaching a word document that a friend of mine created over several months and now cannot successfully open it in Office 2010. It has a .doc file extension indicating it was created in Office 2003 or earlier. You will see what I mean when you try to view it.
For some reason there are several copies of this document in her Recent Documents folder but none in her My Documents folder.
Is there a way to recover this document?

Thank you.

Robert
The-life-and-Times-of-Me.doc
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by:DrTribos
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I opened it in Office Libre and well, there is about 67 pages of jibberish.  There is 1 or 2 paragraphs that can be extracted. Will try word.
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by:Dan Craciun
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The good news is the file is not encrypted, so you're not the victim of CryptoLocker.

The bad news is the file is corrupted, and most of the content is gone. Try a backup copy.

HTH,
Dan
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The document can be opened (as text, not as a Word document) in Word 2003, but it is simply corrupt. There are snatches of text visible, but the bits do not seem to join up.
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This is about as good as I could get it... like Graham said the text does not seem to join... well on the one hand it does not join but on the other hand it is all joined... no spaces!
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I have now tried some recovery. I must have done something different from Steve because the spaces are still in the text, but there are repetitions and missing bits. It might be enough to remind the author what she originally typed.
The-life-and-Times-of-Me-rec-.doc
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Thank you - I hope it helped :-)
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