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 "Unable to read file."

I've got a recurring problem with Excel 2000 where my users are saving a
worksheet and the next time (or sometime in the future) they try to open it
they get the message "Unable to read file.".  The files are being saved and
accessed over a tcp/ip network.

I've downloaded the .xla from Microsoft that reconstructs files - but it
will not work on a file that is already damaged to the point of being
unopenable.  What I'm hoping for is a hint of what might be causing this to
occur.  Can anyone shed any light on this for me?  TIA.

David Cook



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 "Unable to read file."
saving through a net isnt a good idea! try saving and opening localy-tell me
how it is



Quote:
> I've got a recurring problem with Excel 2000 where my users are saving a
> worksheet and the next time (or sometime in the future) they try to open
it
> they get the message "Unable to read file.".  The files are being saved
and
> accessed over a tcp/ip network.

> I've downloaded the .xla from Microsoft that reconstructs files - but it
> will not work on a file that is already damaged to the point of being
> unopenable.  What I'm hoping for is a hint of what might be causing this
to
> occur.  Can anyone shed any light on this for me?  TIA.

> David Cook



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 "Unable to read file."
Lan based virus protection software can interfere with the save process and
cause this.  See if you have eight character (no extension) machine named
files in the same directory. If so, see if you can open these in Excel.

Excel works with files using a temp file - (the machine named files above) -
and network permissions may be a consideration here.  Here is some
supporting information (no specific solutions but may add to your
understanding of the problem)

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q157/1/15.asp
XL:  Delete Permissions Required to Save File on Network Server

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q103/3/29.asp
XL:  Temporary file Created When You Save a document

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q114/9/39.asp
WD97:  Info:  Novel Network Privileges Required to Run Word
(Word and Excel save files the same way, I believe)

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q150/7/08.asp
XL: Can't Create Copy of Module Sheet on Netware Server

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q142/1/16.asp
Files Corrupted on Save:  How to Troubleshoot Source of Problem
(this is more Win 95 based - but may be a nugget in here)

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q102/8/88.asp
Saving from Word [Excel] for Windows Resets NTFS Security Permissions
(While this is specific to  NT with NTFS, it has some general info)

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q131/4/64.asp
XL: "Filename Is Not Valid" Error Saving or Opening File
SYMPTOMS
When you open or save a file in Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of the
following error messages:
   Filename is not valid
   -or-
   The file could not be accessed.
   -or-
   The path you entered, '<filename>', is too long. Enter a shorter path.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q113/6/00.asp
XL: Cannot Rename to '<File name>' Saving to Network Drive

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q213/9/51.ASP
XL2000: Files Corrupted on Save: How to TShoot Source of Problem

HTH,
Tom Ogilvy

Quote:

>I've got a recurring problem with Excel 2000 where my users are saving a
>worksheet and the next time (or sometime in the future) they try to open it
>they get the message "Unable to read file.".  The files are being saved and
>accessed over a tcp/ip network.

>I've downloaded the .xla from Microsoft that reconstructs files - but it
>will not work on a file that is already damaged to the point of being
>unopenable.  What I'm hoping for is a hint of what might be causing this to
>occur.  Can anyone shed any light on this for me?  TIA.

>David Cook



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 "Unable to read file."
Thanks Tom - I'll dig into this.  --David Cook


Quote:
> Lan based virus protection software can interfere with the save process
and
> cause this.  See if you have eight character (no extension) machine named
> files in the same directory. If so, see if you can open these in Excel.

> Excel works with files using a temp file - (the machine named files
above) -
> and network permissions may be a consideration here.  Here is some
> supporting information (no specific solutions but may add to your
> understanding of the problem)

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q157/1/15.asp
> XL:  Delete Permissions Required to Save File on Network Server

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q103/3/29.asp
> XL:  Temporary file Created When You Save a document

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q114/9/39.asp
> WD97:  Info:  Novel Network Privileges Required to Run Word
> (Word and Excel save files the same way, I believe)

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q150/7/08.asp
> XL: Can't Create Copy of Module Sheet on Netware Server

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q142/1/16.asp
> Files Corrupted on Save:  How to Troubleshoot Source of Problem
> (this is more Win 95 based - but may be a nugget in here)

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q102/8/88.asp
> Saving from Word [Excel] for Windows Resets NTFS Security Permissions
> (While this is specific to  NT with NTFS, it has some general info)

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q131/4/64.asp
> XL: "Filename Is Not Valid" Error Saving or Opening File
> SYMPTOMS
> When you open or save a file in Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of
the
> following error messages:
>    Filename is not valid
>    -or-
>    The file could not be accessed.
>    -or-
>    The path you entered, '<filename>', is too long. Enter a shorter path.

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q113/6/00.asp
> XL: Cannot Rename to '<File name>' Saving to Network Drive

> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q213/9/51.ASP
> XL2000: Files Corrupted on Save: How to TShoot Source of Problem

> HTH,
> Tom Ogilvy


> >I've got a recurring problem with Excel 2000 where my users are saving a
> >worksheet and the next time (or sometime in the future) they try to open
it
> >they get the message "Unable to read file.".  The files are being saved
and
> >accessed over a tcp/ip network.

> >I've downloaded the .xla from Microsoft that reconstructs files - but it
> >will not work on a file that is already damaged to the point of being
> >unopenable.  What I'm hoping for is a hint of what might be causing this
to
> >occur.  Can anyone shed any light on this for me?  TIA.

> >David Cook



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 "Unable to read file."
There is a utility that allows you to recover data from corrupted excel
files. If you are interested visit http://intervia.com/drume

good luck,

George S. Herschel
(Cimaware Services)

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Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT  
 
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