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Check a batch of 10,000 MS Word files for corruption

by w.nicram / September 6, 2008 12:17 PM PDT

I have about 10,000 word documents that I need to check for corruption due to a recent power failure in our office after which I got reports of some docs being corrupted. I've been looking all around the net to no avail until I landed here. I hope there is somebody here that can at least point me in the direction...
In the meantime I've been opening each document to see if it's damaged and after 2 weeks I got to about 500...drrrrag
Thank you...

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Not too difficult to write a script, I'd say.
by Kees Bakker / September 6, 2008 8:18 PM PDT

Use vbscripts filesystemobject to traverse the directories for the files, and the Word API's to open them.

If your organizations IT-staff doesn't have the necessary know-how, an organization with 10.000 documents certainly is big enough to hire it, I'd say.


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No IT staff
by w.nicram / September 8, 2008 3:27 AM PDT

Well, my organization is 5 employees big, me being system administrator, DBA, programmer, backup operator... etc. We do independent medical examinations thus the number of word documents which are medical reports. I do have a backup with 5 months turnaround plus I keep an archive copy of closed cases. The thing is that I'd like to know the status of my files so I don't get screwed in 5 months finding corrupted doc... We really don't have founds for IT stuff yet. I'm not big in VBS, but have some experience with PHP. Given that I'm a novice in VBS do you think that I can learn it to the point of being able to write such script in a timely fashion?

Thank you,

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It might be a good idea ...
by Kees Bakker / September 8, 2008 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: No IT staff

to invest in a UPS, at least.

Let's talk about the script only if Wordpipe isn't the solution.


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by w.nicram / September 9, 2008 7:19 AM PDT

Yes... we just did (UPS)

The guys at WORDPIPE have not returned my email yet, so if you can show me the best course of learning to get such VBS script I will greatly appreciate it...

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Wordpipe said:
by w.nicram / September 10, 2008 8:24 AM PDT

Sorry, WordPipe is to make mass search/replace changes, not to identify
corrupted documents.

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Do you have a busted file?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 8:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Wordpipe said:
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This looks like a job for...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 11:10 PM PDT

WORDPIPE. It's a commercial product but they will give support and answer if that's something it can do.

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Looking into
by w.nicram / September 8, 2008 3:29 AM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion... I wrote to the company to see if I could utilize this tool for my needs

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Forget email. Use the phone.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2008 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Looking into

Email pipes get clogged. Call them.

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I did call
by w.nicram / September 9, 2008 7:44 AM PDT

And the message says they will be back next Monday..(??) and instructs to either leave a message or send an email (did both), thus can't count on a response from them anytime soon...

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Check a batch of 10,000 MS Word files for corruption
by dmallder / March 17, 2009 5:59 AM PDT

Did you ever find a way to traverse your folders and open the files to test for corruption? I have same issue where I have both .doc and .xls files (and others) that have become corrupted but because we perform a 2 week backup retention, we are essentially up-the-creek. I want to find a program that would open the files and test for such corruption so that no matter the retention of the backups, we can identify file(s) gone bad and restore before we go beyond a good restore-point.

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