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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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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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...and do you have backups somewhere else?
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Also what version of Office, and is it up to date?
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And what OS and is that up to date?
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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.

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As I wrote in your other thread, please don't cross post Corruption of Documents
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