Is it possible to fix a corrupted Microsoft Word document

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A mate of mine has a corrupted word document. Totally inledgeable. Just random characters. The problem was they were opening and saving the document directly from a USB key on two different PCs with two different versions of Word. I've tried all the solutions on the following web site which was very informative but to no avail. I've also tried a raft of word repair tools, demo versions included to see if they can extract any ledgable data but also to know avail. I've also used JEdit to open it using different character encodings. Another failure. Is there any way to retrieve any of the data in this document? Please help!


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Office, Windows
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You may be out of luck. You can try to get the file from the source again or possibly a back up. If that is the case you may have to re-create the missing data to bring it up to date.

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  • ToddN2000
    Have you tried to read this file on both systems? What versions of word are on these machines. Is it possible that there may have been some encryption software installed on one of the machines recently that is causing the error?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As of my experience, this type of file not recoverable entirely or might be recover partially whatever tools/software you use. If this file shows machine character/ ascii characters, then almost it is not repairable. If possible get the from earlier source/ create it again and be careful for further lost of the file.
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  • ToddN2000
    What were the two versions of Word they were using? Are they using the same character set? Has a virus been detected on either of the two PCs?
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  • CharlieBrowne
    Do you have a backup of the original document?
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  • Harisheldon
    It almost sounds like he pulled the USB out of the port without properly ejecting it. his is a major cause of files being corrupted. So, unless you have a backup copy of the document, saved in any format, you might be out of luck.
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