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Can't open file

I can't open a text file I have been working on a book for 6 months using windows98 wordpad and windows xp office always saving on a floppy in rich text format. Yesterday 3/2 windows office could not open file and then coverted file. after 20 minutes it displayed corrections in office word and told me to save, which I did. It saved it under the file name I had for the book file. When I look at properties on the floppy it showed very little space used. Since the book file was over 256+kb I figured it was lost got pissed and deleted the corrections file with book title. Looked in properties for hey and there now it was showing 256+kb but now I have no name to open file any ideas please! I've got a lot of in there thanks; art

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Use "Open with"

In reply to: Can't open file

Select the program of your choice that you think will work. The one that created it is always the best choice.

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Tried it

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When I go to the A/ 3.1/2 floppy there is no file names under any text format or all files> Nothing to click on and then go to click open. The space that list files is empty. art

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But you said

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it was showing 256k +. What is "it"?

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it is

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Ok If I'm in office word and I point and click the icon for the drop down that has the options new, open, save, and I go and click open. In the open window I click and scroll down to 31/2floppy (a:). The disk is inthe drive no names appear but if I go over to tools click that and then properties it tells me how much space is being used and how much free space. Now at the in the box next to the little picture of a floppy drive is the word america which is part of the file title. used space is at 232,960bytes 227KB free space 1,224,704bytes 1.16 MB the used space is the it. It is the size of the file america the book art

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Re: file lost, saving on floppy

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Indeed, saving on floppy is an option. But given that a floppy is by far (and I mean FAR) the most unreliable medium that you can choose, it's UNSAFE to use it as the only medium to store a file. That's an invitation to the gods of computing to lose it. And they will be happy to oblige.

So the most probable outcome is that you have to go back to your most recent other copy (that's called a backup copy), whereever you stored it (hard disk somewhere, USB stick, burned to CD to name 3 good possibilities, even another diskette might do). If you don't have such an another copy that means: start all over with an empty document.

Now please go into My Computer, go to the a:-drive and tell us what files it sees. Set the Folder Options in Control Panel to show ALL file extensions (that is, not to hide any) and tell us the full filenames, that's including the extension (.rtf or .doc) and the size.


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Strange....just for the heck of it

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bring up the command prompt (Start/Run and type "command without quotes). Type A: and press enter. Then type "attrib" (again, no quotes). Any filenames show?

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flimsy floppy

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I tried all you suggestions no dice. I think kees is right floppies are to flimsy. I have a partial back up on my home machine a Dell otiplex gx1. "should tell you where I'm at in computer land. Thanks to Steven and Kees for your help, if I have any more problems and I'm sure i will I'll be back. Who knows maybe after a while I can change my user name to artsmart thanks again. art

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Before giving up follow this link ...

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Download Restoration then unzip it wherever you want it (desktop is fine).

Run it and when it opens point it at the floppy that contained the file.

It should find the file and you should be able to restore it to another location such as your hard drive or a USB Flash drive.
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didn't give up

In reply to: Before giving up follow this link ...

Mister ODaniel thanks for the tip. Went to the site folled the instructions "easy" and bang there is my file completly restored and now copied on the hard drive because I do listen Mister Kees. Thanks to the three of you for your help; art

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