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Damaged MS Office files on hard drive

By kimscomputing ·
Is there a free or cheap utility to fix damaged word or excel files on a hard drive that is failing. I have copied the files to the new drive but they won't open - they are damaged or corrupted.

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by willcomp In reply to Damaged MS Office files o ...

You may be able to open the Word files in a programmers text/hex editor and retrieve text portion (ASCII text). There are a number of free and free trial editors available from

Don't have any suggestions for Excel files other than retrieving text as described above. Probably won't be much help for spreadsheets.

File repair utilities were common in the DOS dBase, Wordstar, and Word Perfect days, but I haven't seen one lately.

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by CMB from Omaha In reply to Damaged MS Office files o ...

If you have Office 2002, there is an "open and repair" option in the File|Open dialog box (click the down-arrow by "Open".

In Word, there is also an option to "recover text from any file" in the "Files of Type" field. You may be able to recover Excel data as text and then re-import it to Excel.

These two options have helped me recover countless documents for my student "customers". HTH.

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