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    Corrupted Files (2000 SP3)

    Was getting suspicious about a particular hard drive so tried to Ghost it. Process failed part way through. Machine restarted OK and ran for 1 day. Next day, could not read hard drive at all. I have replaced hard drive and "restored" from the ghost image. Got all excited when the documents and spreadsheets I was looking for were now on the new hard drive but when I try to open them, I just get gobbledygook (sp). Excel will not even open the files (tells me it is an unrecognized format) and Word opens it but the data is unreadable. Files were (I think) originally created in Office 97 and I am trying to open them in Office 2000. Files that were not stored on the dead hard drive open fine
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    I have attached one of the files in case it gives any clues. Note the girl who typed these is a real loose canon with computers and may have used wierd fonts or layouts
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    Re: Corrupted Files (2000 SP3)

    When a disk-image backup fails part of the way through, any portion of the drive not accurately recorded cannot be transferred to the new drive. Unless the only thing lost was blank space, there is a very real chance of data munging, which could explain that file. You might need to hire a data retrieval service to work on your old hard drive.

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    Re: Corrupted Files (2000 SP3)

    Hi Steve,

    The file you attached doesn't look like a Word file at all.
    Either it's complete random gibberish, or some sort of compression/encryption was used on the original file.

    <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> Sorry, Klaus

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