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Corrupted odt document.

Postby jyrjo » Sun May 10, 2015 9:26 pm

Good evening everyone,

I am writing a very important work, but today when I
tried to open my file, it corrupted. Its full of hashtags.
I tried to fix it, using every bit of information that I
found , but i got nothing.

My work is available in here: ... d.odt.html

I would really appreciate if someone could try and repair it.

Thank you.
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Re: Corrupted odt document.

Postby John_Ha » Sun May 10, 2015 11:58 pm

Welcome to the forum.

I am sorry to tell you that your file is completely empty - it is full of zeros and there is no data in it. See image where I opened your .odt file with HxD, a Hex (binary) editor.

If you are lucky you may be able to un-delete some of the temporary files which Writer wrote, then deleted, while you were editing the file. See

Using RECUVA to recover Writer temporary files and Another on RECUVA

These may also be useful.

Using 7-ZIP

Inside an odt file

Hints on how to prevent it happening
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See the Writer Guide, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and Writer for students.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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Re: Corrupted odt document.

Postby jyrjo » Mon May 11, 2015 12:15 am

Thank you :)!
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Re: Corrupted odt document.

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu May 14, 2015 10:13 pm

Sadly, quite nothing to do I fear, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.

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.

Do you use the 3.4.1 version? It's rather old now.

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.
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