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If you can't find a backup. Try this.

You seem to indicate that the corrupted spreadsheet is called "*name name.ods*".  

If that is what it is called copy the corrupted file to an empty folder/directory.

In that folder/directory there should now only contain the file "*name name.ods*" unzip this file.

The contents of the folder should now contain these files and directories.
     *  Configurations2/  *content.xml*  manifest.rdf  META-INF/  meta.xml  mimetype  name\ 
name.ods  settings.xml  styles.xml  Thumbnails/
Open the file *content.xml* with firefox or equivalent and inspect the file. Hopefully you should 
recognise your data albeit in xml format.

If you recognise the data, paste the first 10 or so lines and the last 10 or so lines into an emial 
and mail it here. Anonymise any data as appropriate.

Then we cen see what we can do next.


On Monday 13 Jan 2014 18:30:50 Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Ok, so you have made a copy of the corrupted file.  The "User Profile" is here
well, that's the guide that describes where it is on the various
different systems.

I tend to try a few different approaches all at about the same time
when faced with this sort of thing.  We have all been there and lost
data at some point or other.  It's easy to be wiser with hindsight,
such as saving back-ups on different machines but before hindsight we
mnight not have thought about it!!

It might be worth trying to remember if the file is saved anywhere
else.  Has the file been worked on anywhere else?  Are there any other
machines that might have a fairly recent version, perhaps the newer
laptop got used sometime?  Did the file get emailed, or saved onto
usb-stick?  Cd/Dvd back-ups?  Do you have a network, might it be on
there?  Is there an older version of the same file in the same folder
or archived somewhere?

If your husband can manage to start again he will find that it is FAR
quicker to re-do.  He might even find that the entire month's work can
be done fairly easily in just a couple of days.  In the process of
writing it originally he might have done research or thought carefully
about different options and tried different things out, perhaps
read-up on how to do certain things and then maybe not even gone that
way in the end.  All of that is swept aside on the 2nd time making it
much easier and faster to re-do something.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 13 January 2014 17:00, melodyfire <> wrote:
My husband has been working on a spreadsheet for over a month when last night
our laptop was unplugged. The battery is busted and the only way to keep the
laptop on is to have it plugged in. When he booted the laptop back up he was
prompted to recover the file and the recovery failed.He is them prompted to
choose an ACSII Filter option. When he chooses the option he gets a window
that says "Document file 'name%20name.ods' is locked for editing by Unknown
User Open document read-only or open a copy of document for editing."

Each option opens a word document with this for 3 pages:

oor:name="SoftClose" oor:op="fuse"><value>false</value></prop></item><item
oor:name="Style" oor:op="fuse"><value>0</value></prop></item><item

The file had been saved many times before, is there a way I can either save
this file or open a past save? This is an ancient laptop (MacOS 10.4.11) so
alot of downloads wont work for it. If I can email the file to an up to date
laptop then I could save it. Can anyone help me? My husband is really upset
about losing this file and is already battling depression and this does not
need to be another thing on his list to be upset about.

Thanks for everyone help!

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