Does ID crash if you just restart it without opeing a file? If so, ID may be crashing because the recovery data is corrupt. Try emptying the InDesign Recovery folder and relaunch ID, then see if the last saved version of the file will open.
When I restart InDesign, it prompts me whether I want to try to reopen the last file. If I click "yes," it opens the file for an instant, then the program crashes. It doesn't give me an opportunity to click anything. If I click "no," it takes me to the usual start screen, where I can open other documents-- just not the document I want, unfortunately. When I try to open the desired document through the usual "open" method, again it shows me the document for an instant, then crashes.
OK, sounds like that file is no longer viable. Do you have a backup of a previous version?
try this: locate the file in bridge. right click on the link (top right) icon and choose show linked files, select all the ai and eps files and move them to a temp folder. then try open.
Peter -- Unfortunately, I have no backup. I'll never make that mistake again!
Grant -- I used no ai or eps files. I tried moving all jps and pngs to a temp folder, but alas, same crash.
next try saving a copy of the file, in finder or bridge. and try open that.
and if no luck still: then trash ID's prefrences.
Now launch the application and immediately hold down the appropriate keys for your OS:
Mac OS X: Control + Option + Command + Shift
Windows: Control + Alt + Shift
A dialog appears, asking you if you would like to "Delete InDesign Preference Files?" Click Yes.
InDesign launches with defaults and regenerated Preferences
There's a tool for Windows at INDDRecovery — a program for restoring corrupted InDesign documents that might work (doesn't always) if you can find acess to a Windows system, and you can try the script at http://forums.adobe.com/message/5073406#5073406 to export to .idml (which might open if the xoprt works) without having to oipen the file in the UI.
As a very last resort, there's Marxware's file recovery service. See Bad InDesign or Quark File Recovery Submission Form