3 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2014 10:08 AM by guyfromri _ RSS

    dat files

    cookie18mudd _

      How do you open this kind of file? Using note pad you scrambled. Using Monarch looks like scramleb and missing alot. What to do?

        • dat files
          Data Kruncher

          You're probably trying to open a binary, not ASCII, file. ASCII is the usual file format for text files such as reports. You will not be able to read this file with Monarch.


          What program created the .dat file? Regardless of the program, you'll need to find a way within that program to properly export ASCII text files. Sometimes the only way is to print to a generic printer and elect to output to a file.

            • dat files
              Olly Bond

              Hello Cookie,


              .dat files can come from just about anywhere, but there may be clues to be had in the first few lines of the scrambled text you can see. Can you post the first 5-10 lines from Notepad up here in between and tags (without the spaces?


              Do you know anything else about what the data is meant to contain?


              Best wishes,



                • dat files
                  guyfromri _

                  I've done a lot with .dat files and the only way you're really going to have any luck is with a Hex Viewer. Depending on the database that it came out of, even that's going to be tricky but I've had a lot of luck with use of a Hex Viewer and VBA(Access).


                  Hope this helps!!