Excel Spreadsheet corrupted (.xls) - Recovery RRS feed

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  • Hello all and thank you in advance for your help.

    One of my customers has an Excel 2003 document that appears to be corrupt.

    When I open the excel document I get the following error:
    "The file you are trying to open, 'database.xls' is in a different format than specified by the file extension. Verify that the file is not corrupt and is from a trusted source before opening the file. Do you want to open the file now?"

    I click yes and the file does open but it has totally lost its formatting and has strange characters throughout the document - I believe it to be corrupt.

    Example of  contents:
     €HƒÄ0_^[ÃÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌH‰\$ UVWHƒìP3íH‹ñHƒËÿH‰¬$€  HÿÃf9,Yu÷HD$xH [üÿÿE3ÉH‰D$@H„$€E3ÀH‰D$8H‰l$0HÇÁ €ÇD$(   Û‰l$x‰l$ ÿ ?úÿÿ‹ø…Àu'H‹Œ$€DH H æûÿÿE3À‰\$(H‰t$ ÿ  úÿÿ‹øH‹Œ$€H…Ét ÿ ßùÿÿ…ÿu ‹ÅH‹\$pHƒÄP_^]à ‹ÇH‹\$pHƒÄP_^]ÃH‹\$p ·Ç

    I have tried various methods of recovery to no avail:
    - Opening with Excel and selecting 'Open and Repair'
    - Trying to fix with Open Office
    - Trying other file extensions in case its not actually a XLS
    - Trying various "excel recovery trials" - All useless

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can recover this document?

    Due to the content I cannot upload it.  This is not a problem with displaying the ExtensionsHardening flag in the registry. Also, the customer does not have a backup.

    Thank you
    Thursday, October 29, 2015 8:36 AM


  • Hi Emilstarblack7,

    According to your description, you are using excel 2003, which is not supported now. I suggest that you could use higher version of excel.

    On the other hand, for non-programing issue of excel, the Excel IT Pro Discussion forum is a better place, I suggest that you should post it to Excel IT Pro Discussion forum if you have non-programing issue of excel.



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    Friday, October 30, 2015 6:09 AM

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