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How to rectify 'part of the file is missing' error

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PowerPoint presentations serve as the most effective training tools in corporate, education and other fields. You can save a presentation on a USB flash drive and carry it along anywhere to address your audience. But, you have to be really cautious using a flash drive or any other removable media for storing PowerPoint presentations. If not handled properly, a presentation can become corrupt, leading to data loss situations. To deal such situations, you should have a clean and updated backup copy. However, if no appropriate backup is available, immediately go for a powerful PowerPoint recovery solution in the form of a professional software. These tools help you recover data from PowerPoint presentations which are not tackled by normal repairing techniques.

Consider a situation, wherein, you have a PowerPoint 2000 presentation, related to a college project, saved on your USB drive. When you try to open it, you might receive the following error message:

"Sorry, the file cannot be opened because part of the file is missing."

The error message might occur when you work upon a presentation and save it directly to a USB or any other removable storage media.

In the majority of cases, the above error message indicates possible corruption in the presentation file. The error can occur in the following conditions:

  • If you do not handle the removable media or the USB in a proper way. For instance, you remove the USB from your system in an inappropriate manner.
  • If there is a disruption in network connection while you try to save, open or edit a presentation saved on a networked drive
  • Occurrence of a power failure or power fluctuations while the PowerPoint application try to open a particular presentation from the USB drive

If the file is open and an anti-virus program locks up the removable disk
If the USB is corrupt or damaged


You can try to perform PPT recovery by observing the following steps:

  • Connect the USB to another computer which is using the same version of PowerPoint and open the file
  • You can also try running ScanDisk in order to determine whether the presentation has got cross-linked to some other file or folder and repair if any errors are found
  • If the above-discussed methods fail to assist you, then restore the file from a valid backup. If this option doesn't suit you, then the only possible way you could retrieve data from a damaged presentation is by using a professional ppt repair software.

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