This document describes how to enable and run a special mode in Adobe Illustrator that can be used to troubleshoot inoperable documents. The document recovery feature resaves the Illustrator document so that it can be reviewed in a text editor. Document recovery deletes bad data, enabling Illustrator to open the document.
This procedure is not simple. Perform it with care, and at your own risk to your files. Always work on a backup of your files when using this method.