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Visual Source Safe - blank files in project

Posted on 2014-04-28
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Running Microsoft Visual Source Safe 2005, and when my programmers open up a specific file in the project it is blank.  When going into the history of the file, with each entry in the history the file opens up blank always.  First thought was that the database maybe corrupt.  So I had all users log out, ran the Analyze scan with the switch -F and -V4 and the results fixed other corrupted files but the file in question still opens up blank.  Also ran "SS physical" to scan the targeted directory with the blank files and the results of the output file do not report corrupted files.  

I am a newb with VSS 2005, does  anyone have any suggestions or pointers on how I can get this file back?  It is obvious that this file was never empty to begin with, at some point it just went blank and I am not sure on how to get it back.
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Ryan McCauley earned 500 total points
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Unfortunately, the contents of this file may be damaged and you'll likely need a backup of your VSS share/database to get it back. Alternatively, are there any other developers that have a recent/current copy fetched on their PC? If you don't have a copy anywhere, restoring the backup of your database (hoping you have one) may be your only option to get that file back.

While I've not personally seen file content disappear from VSS, I know others who've had things like this happen, and falling to a backup was the recovery option. While this doesn't address your current situation, I hope you'll consider protecting yourself by moving to an alternate Source Control provider that's current and still supported by the vendor. A number of them can import an existing VSS database and some are even designed to be as transparent a transition as possible to your developers (http://www.sourcegear.com/vault/ is one I've used, but there are others).
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My restore did not restore the file in question.  I ran a restore from 90 and 60 days ago and both resulted in the same blank file.  My final assessment of this is that the file has always been blank and no restore is going to save this.  Thank you for your time in answering my question.
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