Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. February 25, 2002
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Error: Part of File is Missing--Part 2 of 2
In a previous tip, we outlined several strategies for preventing the nasty Part Of File Is Missing problem. But all the prevention in the world won't help you open a presentation that's already damaged. For that, you need stronger medicine. Here are some things to try:

If you can't open the file from within PowerPoint, quit the program, then double-click the file's icon in Windows Explorer. Or start PowerPoint and drag the file's icon into it. Occasionally, a corrupted preview image will prevent PowerPoint from opening the file directly, but when you open it this way, PowerPoint doesn't have to display the preview and may be successful.

If the damaged file is on diskette, removable media, or a network drive, copy it to your local hard drive, then try opening it again.

Try opening the file on a different computer.

Run ScanDisk on the diskette or cartridge the file's on. ScanDisk can fix corrupted files in some circumstances.

Start PowerPoint and start a new presentation. If you know which master the damaged presentation is based on, use the same one. Hint: Right-click the damaged presentation in Windows Explorer, choose Properties from the pop-up menu, and click the Summary or Contents tab, where you'll find a listing of the master POT file upon which the presentation is based.

Choose Insert, Slides From File. Click Browse and locate the damaged presentation. PowerPoint displays thumbnail previews of each slide it's able to read from the presentation. Choose the first slide preview, then click Insert to add it to your new presentation. Repeat for each slide in the original presentation. Hint: You might first want to select all the visible previews at once before you click Insert. If this works, it will save you some time. If not, try inserting one or two slides at a time as described above.

With a little luck, you'll be able to recover at least some of the slides from the damaged file.