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    Several students are working on an 8th grade banquet PowerPoint presentation, have been saving regularly on hard drive, but no backups on the zip drive since MANY hrs of work ago. After last save, we cannot open the presentation. It seems to try, but gets about 4 bars into the opening, and we get the message "PowerPoint can't open the type of file represented by 8th grade video.ppt". File type is right. Have copied it to a notebook computer using direct cable connect but we get the same thing. Have tried renaming it, but no luck. Have tried copying it (it seems to copy okay) but will not open, either the original or any of the copies. Could it be that the file is too big (it's 42 megs)? Is there any hope of retrieving the file? Help??!!!! Thanks.

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    Is it saved locally or to a SHARE on a Server? Is Shadow Copy enabled?
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      In case you don't have any information about troubles with ppt and pptx files, read following-

      Restore from the backup. You create backup to prevent the situation of data loss due to corruption or accidentally deletion. If you have backed up the PowerPoint files, you can restore them from the backup. But if not, then
      Use Data migration. It is one of the easiest ways to recover data from a corrupt file. First you need to create a new presentation file. Then by using the Insert menu, you can import all the slides from a corrupt file to this new file. But sometimes this could be ineffective or failed due to severe corruption. If this happens, you can try the next one
      Use TMP files. Whenever a file gets corrupted or deleted, there is a temporary aka TMP file available in the system. You need to locate it. If the TMP file is successfully located, you can restore the corrupted PowerPoint file. This could be a difficult task for a novice or non-technical users to perform as it may require a lot of technical understanding. Do not be hopeless as one more solution is there
      Use MS Word or other programs. You can try to open our corrupt presentation file in MS Word. If the file can be opened, you can recover at least the text part of the file. Other than this, you can also try to open the file in OpenOffice Impress. Unluckily if the files are still unable to be opened, the last and effective solution could be a
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      Last edited by Ossian; 20th July 2015, 07:31.