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Corrupt file full of #####

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:28 pm
by alexmcdowall
Been working on a 16 page document and when ive re opened it its full of #####

help! project is due in in morning

Re: Corrupt file full of #####

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:43 pm
by Hagar Delest
Hi and welcome to the forum!

Sadly, quite nothing to do I fear, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.
What Operating System BTW?

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OO Tools>Options>OO>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. If you have not rebooted, you might have those files still there.

It often happens when there is a power cut or a crash when saving.
If you want to help fix this problem, you can also do this survey created for this very problem: Document Recovery Survey.

Re: Corrupt file full of #####

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:06 am
by John_Ha
You may be able to recover some of the temporary files Writer created while you were editing the file, and then deleted. See Re: Suddenly only get ####.... can anyone help me? and Re: User error. Contents of Writer file deleted.

The thread of which this is just one post may also be useful. Re: [Hint] How did I fix my ODT file