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Default Corrupted word doc - document.xml corrupted

Word document containing full semester uni work of my friend. She had NO backups and file was kept on USB key (hard to believe but true).
I have tried a number of recovery tools including onlinerecovery.com, DataNumen, Corrupt Docx etc. They all fail.
I tried renaming as .zip and extracting the document.xml - no luck.
tried hex editor to see if I could see any text - nothing.
I'm not interested in recovering the images in the file (got those ok). Just need the text if possible. (or point me to tools which might work?)
Thank you very much.

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The DOCX file format is just a collection of XML based layout files and other files like images packaged into one using standard "zip" compression.
The Word document does not open in Word and only shows a generic error on my Win7 SP1 PC with Office 2003 plus the Office 2007-2010-2013 file format converter installed.
Here's the details of the web page error I get when I view the extracted "document.xml" in the "XML Editor" that is part of MS Office and opens it with color-coded tagging and properly indented lines within Internet Explorer.
Message: An invalid character was found inside an entity reference.
Line: 2
Char: 1584323
Code: 0
URI: file:///C:/Documents and Settings/Bill/My Documents/Downloads/Reflective-Journal-Submission-/word/document.xml
The XML page cannot be displayed
Cannot view XML input using XSL style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.
When I scroll to the end I see this where it is unable to display any mo
An invalid character was found inside an entity reference. Error processing resource 'file:///C:/Documents and Settings/Bil...
w:b/w:bCs/w:sz w:val="52"/w:szCs w:val="52"//w:rPrw:tab//w:rw:r ...
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I found a previous discussion which talks about what I discovered with the graphic data:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/o...e260761?page=1
Try to apply these tips in this theme. But I think anyway you have to restore the files using the program. If you have such a program try to use it. If not, then look in the Market or in Google. I sometimes use Word Recovery Toolbox. If you want to take it. http://www.oemailrecovery.com/word_recovery.html
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See this site for help...
http://www.instructables.com/answers...ext-converter/
Good Luck!)
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Thank you all guys for your advice! The issue has been resolved.


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If you have such a program try to use it.
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