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Cannot open .odt file *appears with strange symbols

Postby Corruptedfile132 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:36 pm

Hello, in the attachment is shown what is happening when I try to open the open office file. This document was filled only with text (no images), it contained an analysis of a literary work. When I try opening the document these hashtag symbols appear instead of the text. Please help if you know any way of recovering the document or correcting fonts or anything that comes to mind to resolve the problem so that the document will be normally readable again with the text contained inside. Thank you
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there are paragraphs further down the document so I figure that the text should be there in the document
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Re: CANNOT OPEN .ODT file *appears with strange symbols

Postby RoryOF » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:55 pm

Your file has been damaged, perhaps because of over hasty close down of the computer before internal housekeeping was complete.

See this link for information on recovery:
[Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files

If that desn't work as soon as possible do the following:

Download Recuva or PhotoRec (only one needed) and let it do an indepth recovery of deleted files on your computer. You may get a file containing some or all of your data (or not). Do this as a first priority; other use of the computer may overwrite any existing but deleted files and prevent their recovery. There is no guarantee that you will recover anything useful.

Do the above soonest!

Most likely there is nothing usable in your corrupt file, but if you upload it someone will have a look; do the above recovery information anyway, as soon as possible, just in case.
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Re: CANNOT OPEN .ODT file *appears with strange symbols

Postby Corruptedfile132 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:01 pm

Thank you for much for your quick reply.
I am uploading here the corrupted file in case anyone is able to recover anything from it. It would be a great help. Thank you.
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Noble And Great Aspirations - Part 7.odt
This is the corrupt file. Please anyone who can extract any useful text from it would really help me.
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Re: CANNOT OPEN .ODT file *appears with strange symbols

Postby RoryOF » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:23 pm

I got nothing from it - I fear it is damaged beyond repair, as the #### characters usually indicate. Try as soon as possible the other methods I suggested.
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Re: CANNOT OPEN .ODT file *appears with strange symbols

Postby Lupp » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:50 pm

I looked inside the file. It consists of 53173 NUL characters. (The worst case of damage: The file length preserved as the only information.)
Hope the questioner had set 'Always create a backup copy' and can find the document in the last saved previous state in his backup folder.
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Re: Cannot open .odt file *appears with strange symbols

Postby John_Ha » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:23 pm

Welcome to the forum.

I am sorry but there is no data in the file - see below. The paragraphs appear because, when Writer sees a continuous string of characters, Writer inserts a new paragraph after every 9,999 characters.

Your only hope is to see [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files for

a) detailed instructions on how to recover your file as it was when you last opened or saved it, or as it was when it was last saved with AutoRecovery.

b) how to find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted.

c) how to un-delete the temporary files Writer wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted. This will recover your file as it was when you last opened or you last saved it and is probably your best hope.

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