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How do I fix shapefiles after deleting and recovering them?

Question asked by k1320775@kingston.ac.uk on Aug 16, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 16, 2016 by b.mathewesrikuwait-esridist

I've got all my data on a memory stick and accidentally deleted several weeks worth of work. I used an online service to recover the deleted files but when I add them back into ArcMap (10.4), they don't look how they're supposed to (most polygons are missing and there's a popup window saying "there was a problem drawing the shapefile. Drawing aborted." 

 

I'm looking through the files and appear to be missing the .sbx and LOCK files for each polygon, compared to my files that weren't deleted. Is this what's corrupting the whole thing? How can I fix this?

Please, in the simplest of words help me.

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