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I have been having some troubles with my Corel Draw lately. First off, I no longer have the software so unfortunately re-installing is not an option. I’m really hoping there is another way around it.

I have honestly tried everything I can think of including burning the file onto disc and trying to open it from there.

First off, I saved a .cdr file as I usually do, I went to open it and it keeps telling me ERROR READING so and so file. I have tried opening the BAK file but it keeps telling me to use a specific filter. When opening a file I try clicking on "Filter Information" and says none available. I have no clue about filtering or anything else. I am pretty new with this program. I’m not sure if it matters but I also have Adobe PageMaker and QuarkXpress. Is there anyway to export the file to one of these?
I really don’t want to have to buy any additional software (hopefully this won’t happen again).

Usually you just make a copy of the .bak file and rename the extension to whatever it is a backup of. In this case the file you were working on was .CDR? Duplicate the .BAK and rename it to .CDR. See if anything opens it then.

If a problem is encountered while trying to OPEN a CDR file in CorelDRAW, try one of the following to determine if the file can be salvaged:
Create a new document.
Go to View | Wireframe.
Import the file with the CDR filter.
Or, convert the file to a CMX, using Media folders (Media folders can optionally be installed with Corel DRAW 8).
Try opening the file in Corel PHOTO-PAINT® (Note this will result in a completely rasterized rendition of the CDR file).
For a PC file, try opening on the Macintosh (or visa versa).
These tips are work arounds that may allow a CDR file to be opened that contains a bad fill, style or maybe even font information. This information can be corrupted in various ways and is most prevalent on systems that have insufficient resources and haven't be optimized or maintained. In most cases corrupted or unopenable files is possible to repair by way to revert a previous backup or via third-part tools like CDR Repair Kit. The importance of having backup files cannot be over-emphasized.