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File is damaged or cannot be repaired RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have Adobe Reader on my Vista OS. When I try to open a PDF file, I get error msg: "file is damaged or cannot be repaired."  Has anyone experienced a similar problem?

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:10 AM

Answers

  • If you use a PC, you can use software you already have on your computer to retrieve some of the content. Right-click on the corrupt file and choose ‘Open With’ and select the Notepad program that comes bundled with every copy of Windows. The resulting file will contain a lot of coding but within that coding you will see the content. This is perhaps a only really viable with text-only PDFs as when you are dealing with images and forms, Notepad will be swamped with coding and finding the text can be the proverbial needle in the haystack.

    Some links might be helpful to you:

    I found an article, it may help you to solve the problem: http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/adobe/adobe-aa/pdf/417-%E2%80%8Bdamaged-pdf-file-cannot-open

    You may also try to upload your .pdf file to free online repair service here: https://onlinefilerepair.com/
    • Marked as answer by WilliamBlack Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:31 PM
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:27 PM

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  • Can you try the same file on a different system ?

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    Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:20 AM
  • Make use of PDF Toolkit it is absolutely free, how it works see below:

    - Click the "PDF Toolkit" link in the Resources section to download the PDF Toolkit program. Double-click the downloaded file and extract the contents into any directory on your local hard drive.

    - Double-click the "Setup.exe" file and click "Next." Click "Install." Click "Finish" when the installation is complete. The PDF Toolkit program will open automatically.

    - Click the "Repair a PDF" button. Click "OK." Click on the corrupted PDF file to select it and press the "Open" button. The PDF Toolkit program will repair the corrupted file and add "_fixed" to the file name, while saving it in the same directory as the corrupted file.
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:56 AM
  • If you use a PC, you can use software you already have on your computer to retrieve some of the content. Right-click on the corrupt file and choose ‘Open With’ and select the Notepad program that comes bundled with every copy of Windows. The resulting file will contain a lot of coding but within that coding you will see the content. This is perhaps a only really viable with text-only PDFs as when you are dealing with images and forms, Notepad will be swamped with coding and finding the text can be the proverbial needle in the haystack.

    Some links might be helpful to you:

    I found an article, it may help you to solve the problem: http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/adobe/adobe-aa/pdf/417-%E2%80%8Bdamaged-pdf-file-cannot-open

    You may also try to upload your .pdf file to free online repair service here: https://onlinefilerepair.com/
    • Marked as answer by WilliamBlack Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:31 PM
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:27 PM