Office 2000 help, files wont open after format

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  1. levit

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    The quick and simple of it.

    I formatted my HD and reinstalled XP and Office 2000. I saved all my word/excel files onto my secondary HD. I then went to Microsoft's website and updated Office 2000 so everything is current/good.

    I am trying to open some word/excel files that I saved and they wont. When I try to open the excel file it says "Unable to read file." and I click OK and it closes. When I try to open some word docs it just shows up as tiny boxes in the word document instead of text.

    Here's the weird part, SOME of my word/excel files on the same HD do open properly. Why do some work and some don't? Is this an easy fix, am I fucked, can the information be saved?

    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Mini update.

    I downloaded openoffice to see if it could open things. It works, stuff opens, but when I open the excel docs the tabs are labled but there is no data, and the word docs show up as ## instead of text.

    Files corrupted? Any way to recover stuff? I don't understand how this could have happened when it was on a completely different HD than I was formatting.
     

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