How to repair a PDF

By mr.sweetchuck ·
I am having a problem trying to open a PDF file. Ever time I attempt to open, Adobe Reader loads, but displays a rather cryptic error message:

There was an error opening this document. Access denied.

It's not a case of permissions, as I have administrative permission and can open all other PDFs on the server.

I cannot copy it or move it and it is being skipped over by the backup server.

All of this suggests to me that the file has become corrupted. Can anyone suggest a way of recovering this file without paying an outside vendor or using licensed software?

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It looks like there may be some file permissions set.

by faradhi In reply to How to repair a PDF

However, you may try sumatra PDF viewer.

here is the portable version.

I have had limited success opening pdf's that adobe could not with this app.

Let me know how it works.


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by mr.sweetchuck In reply to It looks like there may b ...

Many thanks faradhi for the suggestion. However, when I attempt to open the file, it is giving an "Error loading PDF file" message, (it can open other PDFs fine).

I have to say that it's very frustrating that Adobe doesn't give any sort of reason for the error.

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Glad to help.

by faradhi In reply to SumantraPDF

I have had times where Adobe cannot open files that do not follow strict adherence to the PDF format.

Sometimes cheaper PDF converters will not know how to handle an element and malformed the file.

Acrobat is very unforgiving. I really have developed a dislike of Acrobat over the years.

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by fxy In reply to SumantraPDF

i suggest u to rebuld your pdf programme, i think something is wrong with it.

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by k_vivek27 In reply to It looks like there may b ...

Thanks Faradhi!!! It's really helped me.............I lost a day behind a document to open (downloaded)...........and finally I've done it!!!!!!! Thanks again!!!

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What verson of Acrobat reader do yo use?

by DadsPad In reply to How to repair a PDF

the latest version of Acrobat is 8, and some files that are saved in this format cannot be read by older versions. There is also a version 8 reader (free) on the Adobe site that you may need to use.

Now if the person that created the pdf set password permissions, then you must contact the owner to have fixed so you can view.

Let me know.

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Adobe Versions - the benifits of working in an office

by mr.sweetchuck In reply to What verson of Acrobat re ...

My PC uses version 8.1 of Adobe, but I've also tried versions 6.0 and 7.0. None have been able to open the document.

The title, author, subject and keywords are all blank. It also suggests that the version is 0.0. They are no previous versions available either.

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Some error here...

by shanmup In reply to How to repair a PDF

I have same error. Does anybody get a solution to this?


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by fxy In reply to How to repair a PDF

did u shut off all the asscess? but from your problem, it seems the pdf files were got currupted. You may try a popular PDF file recovery tool called Advanced PDF Repair to repair your PDF file. It is a powerful tool to repair corrupt or damaged PDF files.Detailed information about Advanced PDF Repair can be found at

And you can also download a free demo version at


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Don't bother with free demo

by grateful In reply to re

Don't bother to download the free demo. It shows you absolutely ZILCH! On top of that it installs to your program files and registry in order to try the worthless demo out. Fat lot of effort for nothing.
If 'Advanced PDF Repair' is any good, they're not showing it on their demo.

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