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When I restore my macex.mex file from my Macrium backup and try to use it with MacroExpress, Macro Express tells me that it is corrupt. The log says: "Error: TDatabase.OpenFile [3]: Error attempting to open C:\Users\y\Documents\-\Desktop\Macex\macex 17 Oct.mex   The file may be corrupt." This is one of several 'corruptions' I am getting and this is likely a Macrium, not an ME, problem. However, because the Macex file is quite small it would be useful to be able to look into it and see what form this 'corruption' takes in order to understand what (I think) Macrium is doing. Is the .mex file a database file, or what? Does anyone know how I might take a look inside it?

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I don't know for sure but I believe it's a proprietary format, or at least not a common format. You should contact ISS Support. I doubt anyone here can help you.

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Did you have backup enabled on MEP? It's enabled by default. You could find one of those files and see if they can be restored. You can find the path in the Preferences > General > Backup.

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YOu might also try importing that corrupt file. 

I would also compare the size. I've seen corruption where the size of the file is small meaning most of the data was lost making pointless to try and restore. 

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I forgot your last question. You can open it with any hex/text editor. I use UltraEdit. I've heard many use NotePad++. You can see much of it in any text editor but only the parts that are plain text. A hex editor will allow you to see what's inside. Below is what the beginning of my file looks like. Left to right hex address, hex values, ASCII representation.  You can see much plain text. 

00000000h: 4D 45 A0 0F 00 00 B8 9E 03 00 F1 02 00 00 40 06 ; ME ...¸ž..ñ...@.
00000010h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000020h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000030h: 00 00 00 00 29 C2 11 DD 6E 25 E5 40 CE CD 22 0E ; ....)Â.Ýn%å@ÎÍ".
00000040h: D0 4F 99 12 78 25 E5 40 CE CD 22 0E 2A F9 3A 2D ; ÐO™.x%å@ÎÍ".*ù:-
00000050h: 78 25 E5 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; x%å@............
00000060h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000070h: 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 ; .ÿÿÿ......ÿÿÿ...
00000080h: 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 ; ...ÿÿÿ......ÿÿÿ.
00000090h: 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF ; .....ÿÿÿ......ÿÿ
000000a0h: FF 00 7B 5C 72 74 66 31 5C 61 6E 73 69 5C 61 6E ; ÿ.{\rtf1\ansi\an
000000b0h: 73 69 63 70 67 31 32 35 32 5C 64 65 66 66 30 5C ; sicpg1252\deff0\
000000c0h: 64 65 66 6C 61 6E 67 31 30 33 33 7B 5C 66 6F 6E ; deflang1033{\fon
000000d0h: 74 74 62 6C 7B 5C 66 30 5C 66 6E 69 6C 20 54 61 ; ttbl{\f0\fnil Ta
000000e0h: 68 6F 6D 61 3B 7D 7D 0D 0A 5C 76 69 65 77 6B 69 ; homa;}}..\viewki
000000f0h: 6E 64 34 5C 75 63 31 5C 70 61 72 64 5C 66 30 5C ; nd4\uc1\pard\f0\
00000100h: 66 73 31 36 20 0D 0A 5C 70 61 72 20 7D 0D 0A 00 ; fs16 ..\par }...
00000110h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000120h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000130h: 00 7B 5C 72 74 66 31 5C 61 6E 73 69 5C 61 6E 73 ; .{\rtf1\ansi\ans
00000140h: 69 63 70 67 31 32 35 32 5C 64 65 66 66 30 5C 64 ; icpg1252\deff0\d
00000150h: 65 66 6C 61 6E 67 31 30 33 33 7B 5C 66 6F 6E 74 ; eflang1033{\font
00000160h: 74 62 6C 7B 5C 66 30 5C 66 6E 69 6C 20 54 61 68 ; tbl{\f0\fnil Tah
00000170h: 6F 6D 61 3B 7D 7D 0D 0A 5C 76 69 65 77 6B 69 6E ; oma;}}..\viewkin
00000180h: 64 34 5C 75 63 31 5C 70 61 72 64 5C 66 30 5C 66 ; d4\uc1\pard\f0\f
00000190h: 73 31 36 20 0D 0A 5C 70 61 72 20 7D 0D 0A 00 00 ; s16 ..\par }....
000001a0h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
000001b0h: 00 00 00 04 4D 61 69 6E F7 14 00 4A FA 46 00 F0 ; ....Main÷..JúF.ð
000001c0h: C5 2E 02 04 D4 46 00 0C D4 46 00 70 F7 FE FF FF ; Å...ÔF..ÔF.p÷þÿÿ
000001d0h: FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ÿ...............
000001e0h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
000001f0h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000200h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000210h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 CE CD 22 0E 07 A1 A9 ; .........ÎÍ"..¡©
00000220h: E4 1D 29 E5 40 CE CD 22 0E 55 52 4C 00 00 00 00 ; ä.)å@ÎÍ".URL....
00000230h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000240h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ................
00000250h: 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF ; ....ÿÿÿ......ÿÿÿ
00000260h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF ; ......ÿÿÿ......ÿ
00000270h: FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ; ÿÿ..............
00000280h: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 ; ..........ÿÿÿ...
00000290h: 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 ; ...ÿÿÿ......ÿÿÿ.
000002a0h: 00 00 00 00 00 FF FF FF 00 42 6F 64 79 20 4C 65 ; .....ÿÿÿ.Body Le
000002b0h: 6E 67 74 68 20 42 65 66 6F 72 65 00 00 00 00 00 ; ngth Before.....

 

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