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Document where the text has turned into # signs

Postby kethets » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:09 pm

I worked on a document today and while doing so my pc shut down. Just before that I had saved the (pretty important really boring to write) text so I thought it would be fine anyway.
It isn't.
Everything is in # signs instead of what I actually wrote and I cant find a solution by myself using google.
It seams like this is the only affected file, everything else works as it should and the problem I have has been on the pc for weeks and not related to openoffice.
I use windows then and the 4.1,2 open office

I hope somebody knows how I should fix this, I can't find any backup files either.
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Re: Document where the text has turned into # signs

Postby RoryOF » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:11 pm

Your file is damaged and I doubt anything usable can be recovered from it. Your best hope of recovery is to try and undelete any temporary file OpenOffice was using. 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 this soonest - continued use of the computer runs risk of overwriting the deleted file(s).
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Re: Document where the text has turned into # signs

Postby John_Ha » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:30 pm

##### characters means your file is full of nul characters and there is no user data in it.

See [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files for instructions on how to identify and un-delete the temporary files Writer wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted. You should be able 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.

You may also find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted.
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