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InDesign detected that the file is damaged. Please help

Community Beginner ,
Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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I put all the indd files on usb and worked on two pcs. And suddenly my USB stopped working. My PC can no longer recognise it. I tried with some recovery tool (testdisk) and recovered 2 files but 15 are corrupted.

 

Do you have any idea what to do?

 

15 .indd's are lost, 15 days of work I've done...

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Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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I know you're not going to want to hear this but working on a USB drive is a bad idea. Whether those files are salvageable or not, I don't know but if you post one or two them somewhere perhaps someone will have some ideas.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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I know that, but what can I do about it now - it's a lesson for the future...
Did you know? Where can I post files?

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Jul 14, 2023 Jul 14, 2023

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You should use USB drive as a mean of transportation - not the working medium. 

And you should also make copies of the files you work on. 

And at least once a day do a Save As with a new name. 

 

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Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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If you can get them back on your PC there is a blind IDML script that you can run - it might work on the USB I don't know.

 

It tries to open the file in the background (open but not open (schrodinger's open/??) anyway - it might or might nor work.

http://kasyan.ho.ua/indesign/all/blind_open_and_idml-export.html

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 14, 2023 Jul 14, 2023

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How to run this code script?

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Jul 14, 2023 Jul 14, 2023

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You need to save it into the Scripts Panel - on a PC, you can highlight any of the scripts already present and from the menu select REVEAL IN EXPLORER. 

 

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Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

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Thank you for all your help, but nothing has helped me. I had to create chapters from scratch.

I have learnt the lesson of keeping my files safe in different places, in the cloud and on my HDD.

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