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Re: st: Fwd: HELP!!!! Stata do-file


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Fwd: HELP!!!! Stata do-file
Date   Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:46:54 -0500

At 01:33 PM 9/18/2011, Lan Zhang wrote:
HELP.............

I didn't do anything to the existing do-files that I created and used
for a long time. But after last using and saving the changes I made, I
re-opened it this time and it gives me a whole bunch of 'NUL'. I can't
see the original codes. All I could see are NULs.  The file size stays
the same but all the codes are displayed in 'nul'. Two of my do-files
are like this. Are they damaged? Is there a way of recovery?

This is one of the reasons you make good backups! An external drive where you back up things nightly is a great investment. I also like to put all my active work in a dropbox folder. For more info see http://db.tt/H8tHl0S . Dropbox has saved me many times and it is very useful if you want to collaborate with others. Just be a little skeptical of company claims that everything in dropbox is super-secure from outside prying, as some people have questioned that.

For your immediate purposes I would suggest simply rebooting your machine. It seems like 90% of weird problems go away after a reboot.

If problems persist, run some diagnostic tests on your HD. Windows has some built in if you don't have anything else. If it looks like your HD is dying I would get an external HD and back up ASAP before you lose anything else.


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