Urgent help needed

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  1. Martin29 macrumors 6502

    Martin29

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    Can anyone please help me?

    I have been sent a file with a .dat extension, and am unable to open it. Can anyone tell me what software I need to open such a file? Can it be done without buying software?

    I know that the file is safe, and I desperately need to open it.

    Many thanks for any help.
     
  2. Martin29 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you.

    Text editor opens the file, and some of it is even readable. However most, probably more than 30 pages, is obviously encrypted in some way and appears only as gobledy gook!

    Houston, I have a problem!
     
  3. Martin29 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks again Giant.

    Just tried Textwrangler, but no joy I'm afraid. I still have a very large amount of info which looks like it has been encrypted. Apparently random characters in place of the data I would expect to find.
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    .dat files aren't meant to be opened by a text editor. If someone sent it to you, why did they send it to you? For what?
     
  5. Martin29 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is a file relating to the use of our products in a particular country. Sent at the request of a third party supplier.

    Time zone differences make it difficult to contact them direct before the expiration of our deadlines. We therefore need to find a way of reading this file urgently.

    What then is the intended application for opening dat files, and can I get access to it for free?
     
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  7. Martin29 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what you mean.

    It is an attachment sent by email and is shown as file type .dat
     
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    From the link provided to you above:

    It's not solely a text-based file, so you can't use a text editor to look at the entire file.
     
  9. Martin29 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It seems the bit I can't read was originally a pdf file. Does that help find how to recover it?
     

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