I have an ADATA C802 USB pen stick which I keep Word and Excel files on.
I am unable to open one of my Excel files which is 80kb in size and just had text and numbers in it (ie no macros or formulas).
There are 2 worksheets in the file.
I have opened and worked on the file numerous times before with no problem opening it. I last worked on it a week ago, edited some data, added a second worksheet, saved the file, and then changed the file name.
When I now try to open it, it comes up with the message as below:
"file cannot be accessed. the file may be read-only or you may be trying to access a read only location, or the server the document is stored on may not be responding".
My PC is Windows XP, and the Excel file was originally created in Ofice2003.
I have tried to open the file using Google Docs, Open Office, ExcelViewer but no luck.... it comes up with the message "file invalid"
I have tried recovery tools including "Pandora Recovery" and managed to recover a tmp file from my USB stick which may be an old copy of the file, and opened it using WORDPAD, but it opened up as gibberish.
3) I have tried the tool "Repair my Excel" which scanned the file and then came up with the following messages
File Open - OK
OLE Header - OK
OLE Header Structure Corrupt - X
Reading BIFF - OK
Another tool I tried "Easy Data Recovery" (trial version) I was able to see the HEX of the file, but not the file contents. Does that mean the file is ok and can that HEX be converted to English.
Or... the tmp file I retrieved and can view in WORDPAD, can that be converted to English.
I am only interested in recovering the 2nd worksheet from the file which was approx 10kb if that is any help. The file only contains text and numbers.... no macros, or forumlas.
I'd be grateful for any assistance.
Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
(Moderator edit: added Topic Description. jgw)
Edited by jgweed, 29 January 2012 - 09:43 AM.