Hi, I've been trying to recover these files for days and I have gotten absolutely nowhere.
First of all, these are files from late last year and earlier this year my Macbook Pro crashed. I was able to recover most of the documents with Stellar Phoenix however some of them seem too corrupt to repair.
The main problem: When I try to open these .DOCX files on Mac OS X Snow leopard in word, text edit or open office all I get is a bunch of symbols eg. "]≥D@]≥<@]≥4@]≥,@]≥$@
Before it opens in Microsoft Word (2011) the 'Convert File' window pops up and I proceed to the option 'recover text from any file'.
The document then opens in compatibility mode and with a compatibility check it displays the following errors:
"1. Word 6.0/95 compatibility options are set
2. This document displays unicode characters that might not display correctly in earlier versions of office."
When I change the compatibility preferences there is no difference to the text and the second, unicode error persists.
From here when I try to 'Save as' it automatically tries to save it as a '.Doc' file, not '.Docx'.
I have tried a few different things such as putting the files on to a Windows computer, zipping and unzipping to view the . XML content which didn't work but I am an amateur Windows user so I could have gone wrong. I have tried converting it to an RTF, no luck. And I have tried downloading an XML editor but it is beyond me.
Any suggestions? How do you know if the file is too corrupt?
Any help would be really appreciated!