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Recover Corrupted Excel Files (password protected)

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I have encountered this problem which is bugging me for days now.
I was just creating back ups of my files to a different location of my PC (diff. partition, to be exact), the usual copy and paste. After a few minutes, I got this error that says 123.xlsx cannot be copied because the file is missing. I decided to skip it and continue backing up other files. After copying, I tried to locate and open the 123.xlsx file. The file was there but upon opening and after entering the password, it says "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened." I have 3 files like this, all of which are password protected. So I'm assuming that the password protection of excel has something to do with it.

I have tried multiple excel recovery tools from google. Even the steps for recovering corrupted files from Microsoft website, none of them worked.

I'm using MS Excel 2013, windows 8.1 64 bit; if it helps.

Please, I'm desperate. :( The files are equal to months of work. ( I know, I know, i should back up my files more often.)

Best regards,


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I found this on a thread in several people claimed it worked..
1. Open Excel 2010.
2. Click on File > Options.

3. Select Trust Center > Trust center settings.

4. Select Protected view.
5. Uncheck all the options under Protected View > OK.

6. Restart Excel 2010 and try to open Excel documents.
about the only other thing I can think of is try opening them with Libre Office (or Open Office); that's a freeware generic version of Office. I've had it save some corrupt .ppt files, but never excel. Worth a shot, though.
I was just creating back ups of my files to a different location of my PC (diff. partition, to be exact)
Backing up your files to a different partition in the same hard drive isn't a proper backup.
What do you do if your computer's hard drive fails or if it gets stolen?
You should back up your files in reliable external media, and then keep it in a separate and safe location.

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