I was working on a project (in elements 3.02) when my hard disk gave up the ghost. I managed to recover all the data and transfer it to a new hard disk. However, when I open up the project the status bar gets to about 90% before hanging. I've tried opening up the auto-saves and I can open up to "-3". I can't open "-4" or "-5". I think these are after when I added a whole bunch of .m2t files to the project.
Is there anyway of looking at the prel files in a text editor and seeing if there is some sort of obvious fault that is pointing to the hang, then editing the original or prel so it will work? The back-up files I can open are a quite a way back from where I was, and I'd rather not have to re-do the work - a lot of painstaking key-framing!
As you probably know, the PREL is just an XML database of links and instructions. You can Open it in WordPad, NotePad, or an XML editor, and check the files and the links. There is a lot of info to wade through, so Search/Find will be very useful.
Also, the headers can be damaged, and a free program, XML Wrench, might be able to repair any damaged headers. This PrPro-Wiki FAQ entry, though specifically for PrPro's PRPROJ files, has some info that might help with XML Wrench.
Thanks for the speedy reply.
I actually put the "-4" and -"5" backup files into word (after dropping them into Notepad) and then used the word compare feature to find out the major differences. It turned out to be the importing of the m2t files. So, I changed the m2t file location and re-opened the project. Because it couldn't find the files it asked me to re-source them and then opened the project perfectly.