There was an error opening this document, The file is damaged and could not be repaired


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        This article solve a pdf file opening error 'The file is damaged and could not be repaired'
One day one of my friends sent me a pdf file on my WhatsApp messenger. I had to printout that document. So I copied the file into my computer and when I try to open the file using Acrobat PDF reader, then I got an error like this:

"There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired "

There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired


I thought that the file got corrupted; I tried to open on my mobile phone which works well. Then I thought that, that may be due to any data error while copying into the computer. I again connected to the cable and copied again. But I got same error again.

I tried many methods to open the file. Finally I could open and take a printout successfully.

What was the problem?

I think that pdf was created using modern pdf creating software or there is a change in the structure of the file.

How could I solve the problem?

I tried to open the file on many readers and browsers like Chrome, Firefox, etc. Finally Opera browser could open the file, and I directly printed from the opera browser.

 That time, my Acrobat reader was an old version, and then I downloaded their latest version and tried to open which works well.

This error or similar errors are not only with PDF file formats but also with any file types even with media files like images, videos, etc.

Possible ways to get the error:

  1. Invalid format of file
  2. Change in the structure of the file
  3. Password protected file
  4. Damaged file
  5. Corrupted file
  6. Partially copied file

Possible solutions to solve the error:

  1. Use another reader/ Player to open the file
  2. Update existing reader/ Player software
  3. User online reader/ Player
  4. Convert the file into another reading format. For example converting pdf into doc format

In case of media file, this kind of errors may be due to the corrupted file like deleted recovered files.

Remember that, our personal files are so important, never delete original files whey you try to move a file from a device to another until you successfully opened the files on new copied device media.







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