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Know How to Recover Corrupted CorelDRAW x6 File in Simplified Manner

Author: Barry Scholfield
by Barry Scholfield
Posted: Aug 07, 2017

A CorelDRAW is a utility used for vector graphics editor written in C++, C#. It was invented on 16 January 1989 by the Corel Corporation. Mainly, CorelDRAW is developed to edit the two-dimensional(2D) images like logos, posters, etc. Also known as Corel’s Graphics Suite, consists of CorelDRAW along with Bitmap(.BMP) image editor, Corel Photo-Paint as well as many other graphics related utilities. Having so many benefits of CDR file, there occur so many chances when CDR file gets damaged. So, to overcome this issue, we have discussed steps to recover corrupted CorelDRAW file.

About CDR File Extension

Basically, CDR is a file extension for a vector graphics and it is exclusively used by CorelDRAW. The files saved with CDR file extension are only accessible in CorelDRAW utilities as well as other Corel software. In earlier versions of CorelDRAW software, the CDR file format was entirely different file format which is primarily used in vector graphic drawings. It was recognizable by file "WL"

CorelDRAW is a convenient software for opening the CDR file extension. Apart from that, it reduces the risk of data loss associated with a file. Below steps show how one can open CDR file:

Steps To Open CDR File:

  • If the user has not installed CorelDRAW Application, then first install it and then run the software simultaneously.

    • If the user has a CorelDRAW software installed in their system, then the user suppose to double-click on the file or simply drag the file into open instance of the CorelDRAW software.

Corruption Issues in CDR File

Corruption issues may occur due to any reason as there is much reason behind for CDR file corruption. Below are the reason mention for corrupted CorelDRAW x6 file are as follows:

  • The main reason for corruption of CDR file may occur when the user tries to save files in bulk on a network drive.

  • Another reason behind the corruption of CorelDRAW CDR file is it suddenly crashes & the user has not saved the file properly.

  • When documents saved in an earlier version of CorelDRAW & are not accessible in the later versions of it.

Manual Solutions to Recover Corrupted CorelDRAW x6 File

The user must have enabled Make Back-up because doing this one can able to find a TMP & CDR file that may have their data in it. Below is the easy solution to perform recovery manually:

  • Sometimes users are unable to find the file, then user assumes that it is a damaged CorelDRAW file. In such scenario, a user has to look up in their temp folder for a file i.e. "xxx.cdr.tmp". After doing this a user has to make a solo copy of the file & rename it to "recovered-file.cdr"& then one can open it.

  • In some scenario, this solution fails & the user may not be able to repair corrupted CorelDRAW x6 (.cdr) file. If the user has CorelDRAW x4 or x5 file then there are chances that the solution may fail before performing the recovery process. If the solution fails to restore damaged CorelDRAW CDR file, then the user should use some alternate solution.

Expert Solution to Recover Corrupted CorelDRAW x6 File

In the above section, we have discussed CDR file format, its corruption & its manual solution for recovery of damaged CDR file. But the manual solution is quite complex & takes too much of time. Novice users cannot repair damaged CorelDRAW CDR file on its own because it requires high technical knowledge to perform the recovery process. Therefore, in that case, the user needs to switch to professional software i.e. SysTools CDR Recovery as this tool will efficiently recover CorelDRAW file in minimum time without any fear of data loss.


Nowadays CDR file corruption issue is a very common issue in CorelDRAW. To avoid corruption, we have discussed how to recover corrupted CorelDRAW x6 file and we have provided both manual solution & expert solution for the same to overcome CDR file corruption. At last, by using third party tool user can perform recovery in a professional manner without any hassle.

About the Author

As an Author of FreeViewer Blog, Barry Scholfield has experience of more than 5 years and he is now working as a product review expert & technical writer.

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