File corrupted?! Help!

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File corrupted?! Help!

Postby JustOrdinary » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:15 pm

Hi, I'm new here.

I don't know if there's a standard format for doing these requests. I apologize in advance if I'm breaking protocol by posting a thread in here directly or something. I've tried scouring the internet for a solution but either my search terms are too vague or there simply exists no means to recover the data I've lost.

Search hasn't helped here either so, yeah, here i am.

I'm running Windows 7 ultimate, 32 bit.
I was using OpenOffice 3.3 Writer last night to type out another chapter to a story I've been writing, when suddenly a power fluctuation caused my PC to shut down. Upon restarting, I let OpenOffice run its standard data recovery. It then prompted me to open it as read-only or as a copy for editing (it's done this before, np. There's an issue with the electricity in my area. When that prompt occurs, I usually just save the copy under a different name because of the rights issue or something).

So the file's there, but the content's just gone. Well, at least I think it's gone because instead of words, the entire document is filled with ############# for roughly 3 pages. To clarify, the file opens just fine. There is no error message or anything of the sort. It's just that the file contains nothing of any worth.

I talked to a friend, he says its corrupt and irretrievable. I'm hoping he's wrong because I don't have any other copy of that file. My short term memory's not so great, so it's kind of impossible for me to replicate the story exactly as it was. Plus, it's going to be a pain to have to write all that content again.


Please help me, I don't know what to do. Is it still recoverable?

Medical Journal - Copy.odt
(26.3 KiB) Downloaded 143 times



Edit: Backup folder in user profile is empty.
File is saved in .odt format
Uploaded file in case it would help.
Attempted using third-party 'systools office writer recovery software'. It states the data is missing from the file.
Opening the file in Wordpad or Notepad results in a blank paragraph. It can be highlighted so there's SOMETHING there, oddly enough.


Edit2: In the recovery folder, there's two log folders. I'm hoping theres something in this jargon that might be helpful? I do see the name of my file in there a couple of times.

I think they might be files created by the third party software instead of openoffice's inbuilt software though. Still, anything that might help I guess?

log_oow has this text

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  INFO  |   
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | ============== LOGGER MACHINE INFO =================
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | __DATE__ [Oct 19 2010]
  INFO  | __TIME__ [11:53:47]
  INFO  | DEMO VERSION
  INFO  | Today is [26.08.2011 14:36:11]
  INFO  | GetCurrentDirectory [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum]
  INFO  | GetSystemDirectory [C:\Windows\system32]
  INFO  | GetWindowsDirectory [C:\Windows]
  INFO  | GetTempPath [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Temp\]
  INFO  | GetComputerName [SHAYAN-PC]
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | Log file name: [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Roaming\OfficeRecovery\oow\Logs\log_oow.log]
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | ============== VERSION INFO ========================
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | DEMO VERSION
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | FileRecover() started
  INFO  | Filename is [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | Read specifications
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/style.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/office.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/drawing.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/text.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/table.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/dtypes.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/defs.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/form.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/datastyl.mod]
  INFO  | Read Specification File [OOffice_1_0/chart.mod]
  INFO  | End of read specifications
  INFO  | Begin recovery file [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | Create dirs
  INFO  | Create dirs done
  INFO  | Try unpack files
  INFO  | Begin unpack [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | FileLen  = 0x00000000, 00000000
  INFO  | FileSize = 0x0000000000000000 (0)
DEBUG  | ReadBlock(0000000000000000)
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | FileLen  = 0x00000000, 00000000
  INFO  | FileSize = 0x0000000000000000 (0)
DEBUG  | ReadBlock(0000000000000000)
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | FileLen  = 0x00000000, 00000000
  INFO  | FileSize = 0x0000000000000000 (0)
DEBUG  | ReadBlock(0000000000000000)
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | FileLen  = 0x00000000, 00000000
  INFO  | FileSize = 0x0000000000000000 (0)
DEBUG  | ReadBlock(0000000000000000)
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
  INFO  | FileLen  = 0x00000000, 00006930
  INFO  | FileSize = 0x0000000000006930 (26928)
DEBUG  | ReadBlock(0000000000000000)
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::CFakeMem()
DEBUG  | CFakeMem::find(,,0x0000000000000000)
DEBUG  | blockpos is 0x00000000
ERROR  | Unpack content stream failed
ERROR  | Unpack styles stream  failed
ERROR  | Unpack mimetype file  failed
ERROR  | Unpack manifest file failed
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | total block reads  [1]
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | total block reads  [1]
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | total block reads  [1]
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | total block reads  [1]
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | S: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | total block reads  [1]
  INFO  | F: CFakeMem::~CFakeMem()
  INFO  | Unpack files done
  INFO  | Begin recovery main streams
ERROR  | Size of stream is 0. Stop recovering.



log_SA has this text

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  INFO  |   
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | ============== LOGGER MACHINE INFO =================
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | __DATE__ [Mar 31 2011]
  INFO  | __TIME__ [11:14:23]
  INFO  | RELEASE VERSION
  INFO  | Today is [26.08.2011 14:35:34]
  INFO  | GetCurrentDirectory [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow]
  INFO  | GetSystemDirectory [C:\Windows\system32]
  INFO  | GetWindowsDirectory [C:\Windows]
  INFO  | GetTempPath [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Temp\]
  INFO  | GetComputerName [SHAYAN-PC]
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | Exe-module file name :  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\oow.exe]
  INFO  | Detecting product..
  INFO  | Ok. Product index:  [36]
  INFO  | Loading library:  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\orcmn.dll]
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Found library in the current directory:  []
  INFO  | Loading product DLL..  []
  INFO  | Found library in the current directory:  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\oowdemo.dll]
  INFO  | DLL Loaded.
  INFO  | Initialiazing orcommon functions...
  INFO  | Successfull...
  INFO  | Proceed with MFC version..
  INFO  | Creating application..
  INFO  | Selecting type of interface..
  INFO  | Standart SA interface initialized.
  INFO  | OnGetMinMaxInfo - IN
  INFO  | OnGetMinMaxInfo - OUT
  INFO  | OnSize: cx=784, cy=542
  INFO  | Setting product logfile path..
  INFO  | Ok: [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Roaming\OfficeRecovery\oow\Logs]
  INFO  | ORSA Dialog intializing...
  INFO  | XP Theme setted..
  INFO  | Adding Toolbox to main menu.
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Setting application icon..
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Recovery for Writer fixes corrupted OpenOffice Writer documents]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: []
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Attention: backup the corrupted file(s) before recovery]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Click the Recover button to start]
  INFO  | Building reports list.
  INFO  | Reports initialization..
  INFO  | Current product not supports Reports function.
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | ORSA Dialog initialized.
  INFO 14:35:48 | Initializing FileRecover inteface..
  INFO  | Check log initializaton..
  INFO  | Done
  INFO  | Wizard SA setted.
  INFO 14:35:54 | OnSize: cx=784, cy=542
  INFO 14:35:56 | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO  | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO 14:36:01 | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO  | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO  | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO  | LPTSTR GetSystemMessage::Error Number: [3]
  INFO  | Error:  [3]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  []
  INFO  | Can't get file handle(file locked or absent). Next button disabled.
  INFO  | 1 -in
  INFO  | The system cannot find the path specified.
  INFO  | 1 -out
  INFO 14:36:03 | Error:  [0]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | File is accessible. Next button enabled.
  INFO  | Error:  [0]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | File is accessible. Next button enabled.
  INFO  | Error:  [0]
  INFO  | Selecting file:  [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | File is accessible. Next button enabled.
  INFO 14:36:05 | Activating CWDestDirPage...
  INFO  | Setting My Documents directory as initial for destination.
  INFO  | Registry read My Documents path: C:\Users\Shayan\Documents
  INFO 14:36:11 | Adding string to the progress window: [Recovering file C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt, Fri Aug 26 2011 02:00:59, 26,928 byte(s)]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: []
  INFO  | Running file preparation:  [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Journal.odt]
  INFO  | On destination directory:  [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop]
  INFO  | With index: [-1]
  INFO  | Input instrument: [0C858C0DF]
  INFO  | Cleaned instrument: [0C858C0DF]
  INFO  | NewFP by instrument: [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medical Jou4*Q/Z\71]
  INFO  | Before preparation: [C:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medi§²È&‡)ÛÎæ߈k(Ìu]
  INFO  | Successfull: [C$:\Users\Shayan\Desktop\Midnight Asylum\Medi§²È&‡)ÛÎæ߈k(Ìu]
  INFO  | Starting recovery...
  INFO  | Running recovery process..
  INFO  | ORSA recovery initialized.
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Pass 1: Parsing file...]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Pass 1: Parsing file... done]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Pass 2: Retrieving recoverable data...]
  INFO  | Analizing return code..
  INFO  | RECOVERY PROCESS COMPLETED WITH SOME PROBLEMS
  INFO  | RETURN CODE:  [-3]
  INFO  | SHELL DATE: 31-March-2011, DLL DATE: 19-October-2010
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: []
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [No data to recover detected.]
  INFO  | Setting application icon..
  INFO 14:36:15 | Done. 
  INFO  | Recovery accomplished.
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Click the Recover button to process another file]
  INFO  |   
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | ============== LOGGER MACHINE INFO =================
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | __DATE__ [Mar 31 2011]
  INFO  | __TIME__ [11:14:23]
  INFO  | RELEASE VERSION
  INFO  | Today is [26.08.2011 15:51:27]
  INFO  | GetCurrentDirectory [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery]
  INFO  | GetSystemDirectory [C:\Windows\system32]
  INFO  | GetWindowsDirectory [C:\Windows]
  INFO  | GetTempPath [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Temp\]
  INFO  | GetComputerName [SHAYAN-PC]
  INFO  | ====================================================
  INFO  | Exe-module file name :  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\oow.exe]
  INFO  | Detecting product..
  INFO  | Ok. Product index:  [36]
  INFO  | Loading library:  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\orcmn.dll]
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Found library in the current directory:  []
  INFO  | Loading product DLL..  []
  INFO  | Found library in the current directory:  [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Local\Apps\OfficeRecovery\oow\oowdemo.dll]
  INFO  | DLL Loaded.
  INFO  | Initialiazing orcommon functions...
  INFO  | Successfull...
  INFO  | Proceed with MFC version..
  INFO  | Creating application..
  INFO  | Selecting type of interface..
  INFO  | Standart SA interface initialized.
  INFO  | OnGetMinMaxInfo - IN
  INFO  | OnGetMinMaxInfo - OUT
  INFO  | OnSize: cx=784, cy=542
  INFO  | Setting product logfile path..
  INFO  | Ok: [C:\Users\Shayan\AppData\Roaming\OfficeRecovery\oow\Logs]
  INFO  | ORSA Dialog intializing...
  INFO  | XP Theme setted..
  INFO  | Adding Toolbox to main menu.
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Setting application icon..
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Recovery for Writer fixes corrupted OpenOffice Writer documents]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: []
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Attention: backup the corrupted file(s) before recovery]
  INFO  | Adding string to the progress window: [Click the Recover button to start]
  INFO  | Building reports list.
  INFO  | Reports initialization..
  INFO  | Current product not supports Reports function.
  INFO  | Ok.
  INFO  | ORSA Dialog initialized.
Last edited by JustOrdinary on Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:23 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: File corrupted?! Help!

Postby acknak » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:52 pm

Sorry, there's no recoverable data in your document. It's nothing but zeros.
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Re: File corrupted?! Help!

Postby JustOrdinary » Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:23 pm

... Alright. Thanks anyway.
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Re: File corrupted?! Help!

Postby Hagar Delest » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:06 pm

Sadly, nothing to do: 22 page term paper replaced with pound signs.

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .odt and cross your fingers.

Else, nothing to do I fear.
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Re: File corrupted?! Help!

Postby Bill » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:27 am

You may be able to recover some of the file using the Previous Versiolns feature in Windows 7. Right-click the file in Windows Explorer and select "Restore Previous Versions".

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