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Re: Re: Re: Corrupted file

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  • Subject: [mg51531] Re: [mg51500] Re: [mg51483] Re: Corrupted file
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 22:20:52 -0400 (EDT)
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I listed a few countermeasures at:

(Search for Corrupted Files in the subject.)

I haven't had a corrupted file in more than a year, and I'm not sure how current the above advice is.


On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 01:21:20 -0400 (EDT), Blimbaum, Jerry AA R22 <jerry.blimbaum at> wrote:

> Steve...
> I don't ever recall seeing any kind of explanation either from Mathgroup
> or Wolfram why files 'corrupt'.  I have used Wolfram's suggestions on it
> but I have never gotten back the file I had to begin with....just some
> kind of a copy of it that is useable but far from what I really
> wanted... One thing that I have done to avoid this problem is the
> following:
> the file as is , i.e. with outputs, etc...
> ....close the file
> it...
> ....if it re-opens with no problem, then I delete all output and re-save
> it as a *_BUP.nb file
> Since I've done this I havent had any problems....however, I don't know
> if this is just luck or actually has technical merit' assumption is
> that a file with many output cells has  a greater chance of
> 'corrupting'...
> Jerry blimbaum
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Gray [mailto:stevebg at]
To: mathgroup at
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg51531] [mg51500] [mg51483] Re: Corrupted file
> I should have first looked up "corrupt file" in the Mathematica archive,
> which gives directions for loading a corrupted file. I did what it said,
> which did not quite work, but modifying the procedure gave me a version
> of my notebook. That version will not execute, but at least it's in
> readable form, and I can see what new features it has and even
> copy/paste sections from it into a new notebook.  If anyone wants
> details, e-mail me or say so here and I will redo the process. Thanks in
> advance to anyone who responds.
> Steve Gray

DrBob at

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