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I'm trying to restore some files for a friend who messed up a USB stick by pulling it out of the computer too soon. By searching invisible partitions I was able to restore the files. All files are intact, except 1 excel file that seems to be corrupted.

I've googled about ways to repair an Excel file, because the default repair options in Excel 2003-2010 do not work for this file. I've came across a numerous third-party apps, of which the one seemes to be able to do the job: Recovery Toolbox for Excel.

Of-course, this and all other apps I found require a purchase to actually repair the file. It seems a bit silly to pay 30 dollars for a one time thing, and something that is not for myself. So, I would like to keep that as a last-resort option.

Is there anything I can try to fix this? I've attached a screenshot of how the file looks when I open it on my OSX when converted to a HTML file (to view the code), for the option that it could be a character set problem.

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is the extension xls or xlsx? –  kokbira May 18 '11 at 11:54
    
The extension is .xls! –  sv88 May 18 '11 at 11:59

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It's not guaranteed to work but one thing to try is to see whether OpenOffice or LibreOffice can open the file/s - the suites are certainly more tolerant of dodgy Word files and I have rescued a few docs this way.

http://www.openoffice.org/

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

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Seems like this is definitely worth a go. Will try this tonight. –  sv88 May 18 '11 at 12:09
    
did either of these work? –  datatoo May 18 '11 at 16:22
    
Unfortunately both displayed a blank spreadsheat.. –  sv88 May 18 '11 at 18:14
    
Sorry to hear that. –  Linker3000 May 18 '11 at 22:47
    
@SjoerdV Then why is this marked as the correct answer? –  Jan Doggen Sep 9 at 9:55

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