Tips to Solve Error 'Cannot copy Filename.xls'

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application, packed with various features that simplify a lot of work, like pivot tables, macros, calculation, graphing tools, and many more. For this reason, Excel is a widespread application and is generally used to create and manage business critical information. But sometimes due to ad-hoc usage, external factors or system issues, the Excel files can get corrupt and become partially or completely inaccessible to the user. These are the situations when a user needs to recover from the last available backup. But if backup is unavailable or invalid, and it is not possible to restore, it is recommended to use an XLS Repair utility.

Microsoft Excel files (.xls and .xlsx) are stored many times on an external storage media, such as a USB or CD, to move data between different locations. If the file has not been moved properly, or the media is infected by a virus or the media itself is corrupted, odds develop that the Excel file may become corrupt. In such situations, you may fail to perform some file operations.

To comprehend such problems in more detail, consider you move an Excel file on a USB. When you attach this USB to a Windows computer and try to view and access this file, it fails to open. Additionally, when you attempt to copy the file, it results in an error message as below:

“Cannot copy Try to open the file on a different computer.xls. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.”

where, Filename refers to the name of file and .xls is the file extension used by Microsoft Excel in Excel 2003 and earlier versions. As the result of this error, the file cannot be copied. Such situations generally indicate Excel file corruption.

To solve the above stated problem, you should:

  • Use a different application to open the file
  • Restore from a backup
  • Use a third-party tool to Repair Excel file
An excel file repair tool can scan and fix corrupted Excel files using powerful, yet safe, scanning algorithms. Most of the companies provides their demo version on their official websites for download. These applications are easy to install and use.

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