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File is damaged and cannot open?

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by BlueFishDesigns, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    I designed a layout in Illustrator CS3 and my computer froze up in the middle of it. That's not the problem. That's been happening lately (tech guy on the way) so I've been saving quite a bit as I go along. I had just saved my file, then tried to put a "feather" effect on something and that's when it froze. The problem is that after I rebooted, I go to open the file and it says it's "damaged and can not be repaired"! I can't place it in Illy either. I tried to open it in Photoshop and that said the same thing. What's going on? Is there anyway to retrieve what I've done? I spent a couple of hours on it! :omg:
    Thanks!
     
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  2. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

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    gone baby gone.
     
  3. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    no no no no no no no no!!! I refuse to accept that answer! Someone please tell me it can be fixed and how to do it! EEEEKKK!!!
    :doh:
    :thankyou:
     
  4. Circleville Signs

    Circleville Signs Very Active Member

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    Ummmm....I can tell you that, or I can tell you the truth. Which would you prefer?

    :)

    Gary
     
  5. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    For future reference, if you are going to save as you go, use the Save As command and modify the name on each save like filename01, filename02 etc.
     
  6. jmcnicoll

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    Open up your other saved copy of it because this one is junk!!!!

    Sorry, seen this before and never have gotten one open.

    Jim
     
  7. jayhawksigns

    jayhawksigns Very Active Member

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    This reminds me of a feature missing from Flexi that was in CAS-Mate.

    The current Flexi auto-save overwrites the existing file, in CAS-Mate it auto-saved the file as .bak, with as many revisions as you wanted.
     
  8. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    There should be an emoticon that's crying cuz I would use it now.

    What makes something like that happen?
     
  9. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    pullin hair out is as close as it gets, but I think it fits this scenario nicely
     
  10. SignBurst PCs

    SignBurst PCs Very Active Member

    There is a big, long, technical answer to that, I am sure.

    But it is basically that it didn't get to "close" the file properly and now your computer doesn't know how to read it. Sorry Man, I beleive that these folks are right. It is probably gone. Upgrade your computer (or fix it if there is something wrong with it), so that it doesn't freeze in the middle of designs anymore. Not to say that saving along the way isn't still a GREAT thing to do, but you can minimize your risk.
     
  11. beermonster

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    ok i'd do some work on your computer - run applejack or onyx - if you're mack based - might help clean up things and stop the crashes

    take a look at the crash report too - it might give clues

    ya know cs3 comes with version cue right? allows automated incremental saving, which basically rewinds to whichever last version saved - i've never used it myself - dont even really know how to use it - but i think it would do what you need

    good luck
     
  12. jmcnicoll

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    When I have a lot of time into working a file I try to always have it saved on two different drives for this reason. Like in most other cases when you do this you never have a problem, but if you don't save it you'll lose it.

    Jim
     
  13. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Thanks for all the responses! Yeah, this computer crashin' stuff is driving me crazy. My boss had someone build it for us when we got our Epson GS6000 a couple of months ago. He built it according to the specs that would be required to run the printer and what they told us we would need. It either freezes up (ctrl+alt+del won't turn it off - gotta use the power button) or just turns off and starts rebooting, sometimes 10 - 12 times a day. Very frustrating. The guy who built it has looked at it a few times but can't figure out the problem. He's picking it up Friday and going to see if he can figure it out over the weekend. The thing is, there isn't a pattern to when it happens. It could be while it's booting up and no programs are open. Or I could have 2 - 3 programs open with some big files and it's fine for awhile. If anyone has any suggestions on what it might be that I could pass along, that would be great.
    Thank you, everyone! Gotta run - I have a file to recreate. :doh::cool:
     
  14. javila

    javila Active Member

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    Sounds like an improper build (physically).
     
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  16. Rodi

    Rodi Very Active Member

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    I think the problem is that you should not be using a RIP station as a design station.
     
  17. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    All very good advice that I will pass on to the computer guy. Thanks!
     
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