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Offline Disco Dust

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Recovering Word Files
« on: May 28, 2011, 07:37:56 AM »
Recently transferred some seemingly healthy .doc and .rtf files from one thumb drive to another, but once they reached the new host, none of them are accessible and come with a message that says "cannot start the converter WPFT532.CNV."


I have already copied them on to a desktop, but that does not seem to help either. All the files still carry their original weight in kb's, so I'm still holding out a bit of hope. Any tips will be greatly welcome, fellas.

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Re: Recovering Word Files
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 09:04:32 AM »
You can go to the MS support site and download that converter.

Though that's a message that says to me the original files were old, old, old... My 1992 WP files that I recently tangled with gave me converter problems (not the one you have). My solution was to open them in Wordpad or notepad and copy-paste the horrible mess that showed up.

Also, a hefty version of Office 2010 should be able to handle all crazy conversion problems.

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Re: Recovering Word Files
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011, 11:59:01 AM »
So, once you copied the gibberish in notepad, where did you paste it and was it good as new then?

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Re: Recovering Word Files
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2011, 12:02:48 PM »
Put it back into Word. Looked at it. Decided it wasn't worth cleaning up. Deleted it!