Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

Excel file corrupted.

Posted on 2016-09-29
13
62 Views
Last Modified: 2016-10-06
Guys,

I have an excel file on a serer that has somehow become corrupted. The owner of the business quit doing backups and shadow copies is not turned on. I have tried running some excel program that fix corrupted files to no avail. Right now I am running getdata back to see if maybe I can recover a file from a couple days ago that isnt corrupted. Any other ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:mikesmithccs
  • 7
  • 6
13 Comments
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 41822179
Two things you can try.

Save the file as as xlsb file, close and open the xlsb file.

Import the sheets and code from the damaged wb into a new workbook.
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 41822200
Another idea. Do you have a checkpoint you can recover files from?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822208
No, like I say this server doesnt have shadow copies enabled.
0
Space-Age Communications Transitions to DevOps

ViaSat, a global provider of satellite and wireless communications, securely connects businesses, governments, and organizations to the Internet. Learn how ViaSat’s Network Solutions Engineer, drove the transition from a traditional network support to a DevOps-centric model.

 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 41822220
Did you try the ideas in post ID: 41822179?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822238
Im about to. Concerned it wont work. One of the programs I ran that was supposed to fix corruption said  something to the effect of the "value in workbook is all 0s".
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822258
That did not work. I am still getting the error "excel cannot open the file 'xxxxxx.xxx' because the file format or the extension is not valid. Verify the file has not been corrupted and that the file extensions match the format of the file."
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822265
I am also getting "the file you are trying to open "xxxxx.xxx" is in a different format than specified by the file extension. This file is an xls file.
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 41822269
Can you attach the file?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822272
Here you go.
Model-Box-Numbers.xls
0
 
LVL 46

Accepted Solution

by:
Martin Liss earned 500 total points
ID: 41822293
It looks like it's empty to me and if so you're out of luck without a backup, but locate a hex editor and use it to verify the contents (if any) of the file.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41822295
I will give that a try. Thanks for all the help.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:mikesmithccs
ID: 41832523
File was damaged beyond recovery. I ended up using recovery software to find an old version and used it.
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 41832580
I'm glad I was able to at least partially help.

If you expand the “Full Biography” section of my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.

Marty - Microsoft MVP 2009 to 2016
              Experts Exchange MVE 2015
              Experts Exchange Top Expert Visual Basic Classic 2012 to 2015
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included in Office 2013. This comes as a shock to users upgrading from earlier versions of Office, such as 2007 and 2010, where Picture Manager was included as a standard application. This article explains how…
Facing problems with you memory card? Cannot access your memory card? All stored data, images, videos are lost? If these are your questions...than this small article might help you out in retrieving your lost or inaccessible data.
This Micro Tutorial demonstrate the bugs in Microsoft Excel for Mac with Pivot Charts.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to use longer labels with horizontal bar charts instead of the vertical column chart.

789 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question