[EpiData-list] Problem extracting from rec file

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Mon Sep 17 12:09:21 CDT 2012

It is true that Epiinfo 6 would read a .rec with some errors, the type of error you describe will probably prevent you from getting the data you want out of the .rec file.

This problem usually arises because a file has been edited and some record lengths changed or from the introduction of some random characters with a disk error. I have always been able to reconstruct .rec files using a plain text editor like the old Windows Notepad. Even better is a programmer's editor (there are many) that can identify the end of each line in case you have a line with more than 80 characters in the data section (e.g. some spaces beyond the !).


On 2012-09-17, at 10:53 AM, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:

> Did you use Epidata for your data entry? If so, you can check and fix your rec file using EpiInfo 6 (EpiInfo for DOS system, you can download it at CDC website). You'll surely have to delete some corrupted records. Then you can re-open this fixed database with Epidata. 
> ----- Mail original -----
> I am facing a problem with error "one or more records are corrupted" 
> I have tried to look for any problem using notepad, deleting the last 
> record but the rec file still won't open. 

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