Microsoft is known for its ability to take over the world and the world doesn’t seem to care. Despite the fact that it is largely frowned upon to criticize the large corporation (by the way, unfairly) for the instability of its programs, the truth is that this does not change the reality: billions of people around the world use the products from the tech giant. Microsoft creates solutions that, thanks to the combination of basic parameters (price, quality, support, coverage), far surpass any competitor. Let’s take Microsoft Project as an example .
Currently, it is the simplest and most widely used software to manage projects, since it allows planning, analyzing and monitoring the progress in different stages of work, and all with a single tool. That is why the loss of just one project saved in an .mpp file can become a real disaster for any business.
However, anyone familiar with Microsoft products knows what to do if the file suddenly no longer opens. We act safely: we run the corresponding application, then File> Open , we look for the damaged file, we click on the drop-down menu next to the Open button and, in the drop-down menu, we choose Open and repair … Wait, why isn’t there? option?
In general, Microsoft is very cautious about data integrity. Virtually all of its products incorporate a mechanism that allows you to recover damaged files without too much difficulty. So, it is not understood why a program as complex and extremely sensitive to data loss as Microsoft Project does not have a usual «recovery system» included in its latest version.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Probably the reason Microsoft «forgets» to incorporate a data recovery option is in the details of the Project itself. It is an application that is not intended for home use, but rather for advanced users. Therefore, it is assumed that if an incident occurs, it will be resolved by the users themselves or they will ask a qualified administrator for help. If this is the case or not, the truth is that Microsoft is of no great help in these cases, since their specialists have no solution. The official forums don’t offer anything practical. So if you really care about the damaged project, you will have to look elsewhere for help. Here our friend Google can help you: if we do a proper search, it will give us a list of at least a dozen applications and online services, a kind of brave knights ready to help a damsel-user in distress. However, you must choose your savior carefully, as someone claiming to be Robin Hood may actually turn out to be an ordinary Sherwood Forest bandit. Save yourself, Lady Marian!
First of all , you have to be prepared to pay . What’s more, worry if you don’t have to pay anything. Developing and maintaining this type of web services and special programs costs a lot, so if they don’t charge you to recover the file, ask yourself if they won’t fill it with viruses and steal the content.
Second , remember that the «85% successful recovery» message in the advertisement is pure deception. Most likely, you will not receive the file in the same state it had before it was damaged , since surely a part of the data will be damaged forever. Even if only a few lines of reading remain from a large project, the recall will be considered successful.
If you don’t want to risk too much, it is best to turn to respectable people who value your reputation. The best «price-quality-safety» solution is provided by the Recovery Toolbox program . For Microsoft Project ( https://project.recoverytoolbox.com/es/ ) it offers both a desktop program for $ 27 (a single payment that allows you to use the program whenever you want)
as an online service ( https://onlinefilerepair.com/en/project-repair-online.html ) that offers the same functionality, but is designed for Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS devices. Open the corrupted file (it didn’t occur to you to give it a password, did you? If so, you can say goodbye to it forever). Then, enter your email , write the CAPTCHA code and, in a few minutes, you will receive the result . Finally, you only have to pay $ 5, something that, let’s face it, is little to recover the entire project, taking into account that before paying you will see a previous summary of all the Tasks that could be recovered.
Overall, Recovery Toolbox provides near ideal data recovery with minimal loss. The only problem is that it is often impossible to retrieve the name of the tasks, although this does not affect the overall functionality of the project.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO PAY?
You never want to pay, but most likely, unfortunately, you will have to. In the case of Microsoft Project, the «I’ll fix it myself» options are almost non-existent, although there is no reason not to try. First of all, you have to look for hidden .tmp files in the project folder . Change the extension to. mpp and open them with Project. Maybe it will work. Another possibility is to check if your device has activated the snapshot service , a technology that allows you to create recovery points for systems and files. If you’re lucky, you can «revert» to the previous version of the file. Right click on the corrupted file, Settings > tabPrevious versions . Inevitably, you will lose some of your work, but this is better than nothing.
However, the best decision is to create backups on a regular basis. Yourself. Manually. Then you no longer have to fear any failure!
How to recover a corrupted Microsoft Project file
After running Recovery Toolbox for Project ( https://project.recoverytoolbox.com/en/ ), follow this procedure:
- Select the corrupted .mpp file.
- Click Analyze and wait for the recovery to finish
- Click «Start Recovery» to export the Microsoft Project data
- Save the new Microsoft Project project to a file with a new name