Didn't help. I can't place document either.
Occasionally it works to open as a copy.
If you aren't able to recover it that way, and the cost to rebuild is high, you should consider the recovery service from Markzware. There is a fixed take-in fee, and then the recovery charged based on the size, complexity, and amount recovered from your file. Bad InDesign or Quark File Recovery Submission Form
David Dilling of Markzware offered a discount on on the recovery fee on a trial basis for forum users who provided a link to where they learned about the service here on the forum, but I don't know if that offer is still available.
Also tried to open as copy. I know it works sometimes. But this time this also do not work. I think then Markzware is the only option left?
Conclusion for trying to help yourself with damaged indd files:
1) try to open file as copy
2) try to place file in new document (and then can try to edit the original, sometimes it works also)
3) try Markzware help
4) shoot yourself in head
This is a good lesson: You need to make backups.
Do you have a backup copy? Time Machine?
This is the sort of experience that will motivate you to buy an external hard drive and buy a backup program or use the one built into your OS. It's a lot less expensive to recover from a backup than to start over, especially if you have a hard drive crash. I back up using a drive imager. Data is backed up every night, and the OS and programs are backed up once a week. I can go from a balnk hard drive to a fully functioning system in about an hour and have everything just as it was when the image was made.
Steve, thanks, I got it. It's just not my case — I can't make backups on the machine that is not mine. I need to open file that someone else was working on and it appears to become corrupt in the end of his work, just before sending it to me.
How was it sent? Ask them to zip the file, then resend it.
It's also possible that the file was damaged by being copied before it was ready on the other system, particularly if they save to an external drive or network location.
Please email your InDesign file to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will take a look at the document.
If the file is larger than 10 Mb, you can zip (and password protect) the file and upload to Creative Cloud account (or Dropbox) and send us the document link.