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Unable to open files (2 posts)
- Started 10 years ago by slinkywink
- Latest reply 10 years ago from Jim Matthews
I uploaded several Compact Pro archives (saved with the extension .sea) via Fetch 3 and when I downloaded them again, none of them could be opened. I had used the Automatic mode when I uploaded them. Since these are important files, I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions of what I could do to recover the data. Does anyone know what Fetch had done to the files? I tried a few file converter programs and file decoders but none have worked so far. Thanks for your help.
Jim Matthews Administrator
The transfer mode only applies to downloads, so the first question is what format you used for the upload. Fetch 3 did not have an "Automatic" format choice, so my guess is that you used Raw Data, which only transfers the data fork of a file. A .sea file is a self-extracting archive, typically with the archive in the data fork and a small extracting program in the resource fork. It may be possible to open the files by changing their names to end in .cpt and their type/creator codes to match those of a non-self-extracting Compact Pro archive.
In the future you'd want to upload sea files in MacBinary format, or use Fetch 4's Automatic format (which will pick MacBinary for you).
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