The Symptoms of File Damage


The symptoms of a missing file are pretty obvious (you won’t be able to find it), but the symptoms of file corruption can run the gamut. Some of the symptoms of file corruption include
  • A file that won’t open when you click it; the operation either puts you at an hourglass or does absolutely nothing.
  • You see the file you want to open in a folder list but when you try to open it, you’re told the system cannot find the file or it’s not a valid file.
  • A file opens with a wide range of error messages, not all of which indicate corruption.
  • A file opens to display what appears to be garbage characters as if you opened the file using the wrong program



  • As the file is opening, a low memory warning appears, or you’re told you cannot open the file because you have too little available memory.
  • Windows prompts you to tell it what program to load this file with, when the file is of a type already associated with and recognized by that program (such as .doc files in word processors).
  • Your application exits spontaneously every time you try to open a specific file or group of files.
  • Your application, previously open and working fine, displays odd behavior each time you open a particular file.
  • You have problems saving other files from an application that are open at the same time as a corrupted file.
  • Closing a suspect file seems to improve the performance of the application.

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