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    Hi guys,

    I'm having some issues with a word document, which was password protected, on my computer. I am using Word 2007.

    The last time I edited the document (2 days ago), I saved and closed it to my USB stick as normal.

    When I tried to open it today I got the error message:
    "The file cannot be opened because there are *******s with the contents"

    If I click on details it says:
    The file is corrupt and cannot be opened.
    Location: Part: /word/document.xml, Line: 2, Column: 8067

    The next error message after the computer tries and recovers the document is: whitespace expected.

    I've tried to use Word's 'Open and Recover' feature and the 'Recover any text' open mode. Neither has worked. I've also downloads quite a few recovery programs, none of which have worked...

    I'm at a loss - does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by Graphix)
    Hi guys,

    I'm having some issues with a word document, which was password protected, on my computer. I am using Word 2007.

    The last time I edited the document (2 days ago), I saved and closed it to my USB stick as normal.

    When I tried to open it today I got the error message:
    "The file cannot be opened because there are *******s with the contents"

    If I click on details it says:
    The file is corrupt and cannot be opened.
    Location: Part: /word/document.xml, Line: 2, Column: 8067

    The next error message after the computer tries and recovers the document is: whitespace expected.

    I've tried to use Word's 'Open and Recover' feature and the 'Recover any text' open mode. Neither has worked. I've also downloads quite a few recovery programs, none of which have worked...

    I'm at a loss - does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you!
    Hmmmmm, to be honest it sounds bad, if none of those things have worked, then chances are you're not going to be able to recover the file at all.

    Try having a Google around for free file recovery programmes and such, shouldn't be hard to find a few. They may work better than Word's one, and so you might have more luck! If not then I don't see how you're going to be able to recover it sorry.

    You could try opening it on another computer actually, with a different version of Word possibly? Worth a try I guess!
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    If you're prepared to handle the massive download, you could see if OpenOffice can open it, but I'm not hopeful. Did you not make any other backups? USB flash drives wear down and break very very quickly.
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    Thanks James and Tersti.

    Sometimes I can't believe how silly I am. I recently had some issues with my computer and bought a new external hard drive for backups...I don't know why I didn't think to make a backup. It was something I had just started working on so I'd saved it on a separate USB stick...

    I'll try a different version of Word but I'm not sure whether that'll work. Tersti - I did the OpenOffice thing last night but to no avail.

    Oh well - at least I wasn't too far into it - it could've been much worse. I can start again and I'll take it as a sign that the file randomly decided to become corrupt...

    By the way, do you think it's something to do with the password protection, and if so, what? On the web, I've seen other people with such *******s on password-protected files...
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    (Original post by Graphix)
    Thanks James and Tersti.

    Sometimes I can't believe how silly I am. I recently had some issues with my computer and bought a new external hard drive for backups...I don't know why I didn't think to make a backup. It was something I had just started working on so I'd saved it on a separate USB stick...

    I'll try a different version of Word but I'm not sure whether that'll work. Tersti - I did the OpenOffice thing last night but to no avail.

    Oh well - at least I wasn't too far into it - it could've been much worse. I can start again and I'll take it as a sign that the file randomly decided to become corrupt...

    By the way, do you think it's something to do with the password protection, and if so, what? On the web, I've seen other people with such *******s on password-protected files...
    Yep I'd say so, I've had *******s with Office's file protection before in the past (different error but same point: the file became 'corrupt' ) and I know of other people who have too. If you really, really need something password protecting, like a single document, best way is to compress it in to a .zip/.rar file and password protect this. You'll be asked for the password when unzipping and then the file will just open as normal once it's extracted... will need to save and compress again after each edit though. I use 7-Zip on Windows
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    you use your USB flash drive to store your documents?
    bad move, it should only be used to transfer data from one pc to another
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    (Original post by puddlove)
    Yep I'd say so, I've had *******s with Office's file protection before in the past (different error but same point: the file became 'corrupt' ) and I know of other people who have too. If you really, really need something password protecting, like a single document, best way is to compress it in to a .zip/.rar file and password protect this. You'll be asked for the password when unzipping and then the file will just open as normal once it's extracted... will need to save and compress again after each edit though. I use 7-Zip on Windows
    (Original post by alexsheppard11)
    you use your USB flash drive to store your documents?
    bad move, it should only be used to transfer data from one pc to another
    I actually didn't realise that that was all they should be generally used for..I thought it was okay for storing, backing up some documents...I guess not...

    Thanks for all the tips guys. I appreciate your time.

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