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Repair Damaged Files

If you suspect that a file cannot be opened because it is damaged, and you do not have a backup, you may be able to repair the file. The value of repairing applies mainly to document files. For applications, extensions, etc., you should almost always simply be able to replace the file.

Make a Copy of the Damaged File

Make a copy of the file, ideally to another disk. There are two reasons for this: first, if your recovery attempts make things worse, you have a duplicate copy with which to try again. Second, sometimes copying a file from the Finder succeeds in recovering it, either fully or partially.


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