gis-l: not a valid ArcMap document? is this a corrupted file?

Muldoon, Kathryn Kathryn.Muldoon at
Thu Jan 28 16:17:33 EST 2010


Yesterday, ArcGIS 9.3, as well as the 9.3.1 service pack, were loaded onto my computer.  After working on an ArcMap file for 4 hrs today (I had originally created it in 9.2), I saved it, closed it, etc. without any fanfare.  After returning from an errand, I tried to open up the .mxd file and saw this error message:

"specified file does not contain a valid ArcMap document"

Does anyone have any suggestions for recovering this file?   Does this message mean it's hopelessly corrupted? Help!


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Kate Muldoon
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