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    Can I ask for Help Here?
    I am a long time exclusively Mac user so you'd think I wouldn't be such a techno-idiot but...

    Anyway, if I'm in the wrong place, can someone direct me to the right room?

    My problem is that recently I seem to be discovromg a lot of Word and RTF doc files that were fine when I worked with and then saved them but when I next attempted to open these docs I find that the vast majority of them have become corrupted.

    I wish I could describe it better; suffice it to say that a message that the file can't be opened because it's corrupt isn't very comforting. I have not changed anything I've been doing over the past 20 years but now I'm losing data into cyberspace at breakneck speed.

    From the description I've given, can anyone suggest to me what I'm doing wrong? I am a writer by avocation so I would rarely, if ever, consciously throw something like this away on purpose.


    What causes doc and txt files to become corrupted and more importantly, how can I fix them.

    Thanks for any insights.

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    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPad Air, iPhone 3GS
    What applications are you using to open the files? Has there been any upgrades to the applications since you saved the files?

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    Mac Mini (Late 2014) 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 Memory: 8GB 1600MHz DDR3
    ...and do you have backups somewhere else?

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    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    Also what version of Office, and is it up to date?

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    27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    And what OS and is that up to date?

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    MacMini 4.1, OS 10.11 and 10.6; Macbook Pro 8.2, OS 10.11, MacBook 4.1, OS 10.6.8
    Try using a browser to open one or some of those text files - seriously.

    File Buddy The most popular file utility for the Macintosh may well be able to rescue your text data - should that prove necessary.

    Time too to repair permissions, preferably using OnyX Titanium Software appropriate to your OS version.
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

    I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    As I wrote in your other thread, please don't cross post http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...documents.html

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