Trevor 02 Apr 2004 I'm using windows & office XP. My system has become very unstable, crashing 2-3 times a day. I'm planning to reformat but have discovered that about 50 word files appear to be corrupted. Their file names are similar but the 1st 2 letters have been replace with a squiggle & $sign. They are 'grayed out' & only contain a few words of the original document. I have virus protection & have scanned so I think the problem must have developed with the crashes. Is it possible for files to randomly corrupt like this? My backup files are about 12000 miles away on another computer. Am I able to recover these files (my file searching has been fruitless so far).