Smart questions
Smart answers
Smart people
Join Tek-Tips Forums

Member Login

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Join Us!

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips now!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

Join Tek-Tips
*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.
Jobs from Indeed

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

jlipari (MIS) (OP)
29 Jul 02 14:42
I have a Lotus spreadsheet, and when I try to open it it says "error opening or saving file".  I think my computer locked up with it open, and corrupted it.  Does anyone know of a way to repair the file?


Guest (visitor)
3 Sep 02 4:37
Did you get this fixed?
I have the same problem  here.
Guest (visitor)
3 Sep 02 5:49
Just happened to me yesterday as well - really need to get the file back if possible. Any ideas?
khart82 (MIS)
10 Sep 02 12:07
This too has happened to me.  Has anyone found a solution?
pizzageek (Programmer)
23 Sep 02 16:56
I have actually had some success recovering 123R5 files by opening them in Excel 97 and then saving it back as a 1-2-3 file. Depending on the amount of 1-2-3 specific things you have in the file, you'll end up doing a little or a lot of cleanup.

biknbud (TechnicalUser)
2 Nov 02 10:04
Being a first-timer I am not sure this is the place to raise this but here goes:
I use Lotus Smart Suite 97 1-2-3. A file that I have been using every day now I can't open and get this message:
Error Message
*Check to be sure you are not opening a 0 file.
*Free memory by closing files and applications that you are not using.
*If necessary have the file transmitted again using a communications protocol that does not change the size.
I am not sure what the first refers to.
The second I did.
I don't know how to do the third.
I tried to open with Excel, no luck.
Any suggestions as to how I can recover this file. I am not having problems with other Lotus files on the floppy. Not on the hard drive.
pizzageek (Programmer)
5 Nov 02 15:50

It sounds like 1-2-3 doesn't like the size of your file.

>>> *Check to be sure you are not opening a 0 file.
This probably refers to a zero byte file. You can check the file size in explorer.
>>> *If necessary have the file transmitted again using a communications protocol that does not change the size.
This suggestion is for the cases where you may have downloaded the file from another source (and the file may be incomplete as a result). It sounds like this doesn't apply to your situation.

This file is on a floppy, correct? See if you can copy the file from the floppy to your hard drive. If it won't copy you have developed some bad sectors on the floppy. Recover everything you can off of that disk and reformat it or throw it away! I learned my lesson the hard way a long time ago. Anything important that I save to a floppy I make sure I have at least one more floppy for a backup and also keep a copy on my hard drive.

If the file can be copied from the floppy, try opening it from your hard drive. If it won't open, it must have been corrupted in some other way. The only luck I've had is in using Excel on files that are corrupted, but that doesn't always work.

Wish I had better suggestions for you...

biknbud (TechnicalUser)
9 Nov 02 14:04

Many thanks for your suggestions. It is not a 0 bytes file. I can not copy or download to hard drive, stops and gives errror message at 30%.

If you think of anything else, lllove to hear about it.

ssal57 (TechnicalUser)
6 Mar 03 19:39
I have the same file reading error problem, only it's with trying to open files on the network.  I can open 123 files on floppy and on my local drives, or any network file as "read only" - which is a hastle because I then have to copy/save them to a local drive - which is frustrating because I then have two copies of the same file.

It all happened when the machine died and had to be rebuilt.  I now get the:  Lotus 1-2-3 Error which reads:

Error reading file.
Do the following:
* Check to be sure you are not opening a 0 byte file. (which I'm not)
*Free memory by closing files and apps that you are not using.  (Have closed everything else)
*If necessary, have the file transmitted again using a communications protocol that does not change the file size.

???  Any help is appreciated.  

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!

Back To Forum

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close