How can I get my Excel file back? It literally disappeared.

November 7, 2017 at 16:41:12
Specs: Windows 10 Professional, Intel Core i5
I've been searching for solutions to this problem for a few days but none of them worked in my case. There appears to be many similar issues asked online, so I'll keep my explanation short.

I lost my Excel file by using Undo and Redo (Ctrl Z & Ctrl Y) while I was moving some files from the desktop to my flash drive. I hit Ctrl Z and Ctrl Y for multiple times, and suddenly they stopped working. It just made an error sound when I tried to hit Ctrl Z or Ctrl Y.
At this point, my Excel file is not in my flash drive, not on desktop, nor in recycle bin. That's for sure because I did file search by typing the name of the file that I lost. It literally disappeared.
There IS an shortcut of my lost Excel file, but I cannot open it.("The item ' **********.xlsx ' that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly.")

I don't even know what's exactly going on with my lost Excel file.
Is it corrupted but still in my computer? Or is it lost permanently?
I feel so confused and doomed.
I need that Excel file back AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I will appreciate any help.
Thank you.


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#1
November 7, 2017 at 17:22:15
I did file search by typing the name of the file that I lost.

Try searching for just .XLSX and see if something similar to your lost file shows.

MIKE

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#2
November 7, 2017 at 17:46:46
... maybe *.xlsx would be better. Also Google for "Everything" use the same term to search and I'm sure it will find it.

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#3
November 8, 2017 at 05:30:41
You should always have a backup copy of important docs. And when transferring files to a flash drive, you should COPY them, not MOVE. If something went wrong during the MOVE process, it's very possible the file was lost.

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#4
November 8, 2017 at 07:55:11
If you're trying to copy/move files to any location, you would use Copy (Ctrl-C) and Paste (Ctrl-V).

Undo and redoing would not be what you want to do in that case.

As riider says, it's best to have a backup.

Please post back and let us know how your search goes.

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#5
November 8, 2017 at 08:43:18
Thank you all for replying.
Yes, I will use only copy instead of move next time. Also, I will never use Undo or Redo shortcut keys when moving/copying files. (* I do usually create a backup in my another thumb drive. But since it was a file I created relatively recently, I had not done so at that point in time. I really wasn't expecting this to happen...)

So I did file search by typing .xlsx in the search box, but again my Excel file shows up. But it says the type is shortcut, and I cannot open the file. (with an error message saying "The item ' **********.xlsx ' that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly.")

I also found another file that matched the name of my lost Excel file (with earth icon on the left). When I click it, an error message pops up and says "Windows cannot find file **********.xlsx. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."

It seems to me that I have shortcut for my lost file on my computer, but NOT the actual file that contains the data.


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#6
November 8, 2017 at 10:50:25
As a last ditch effort you could try one of the recovery programs like Recuva

https://www.piriform.com/recuva

Good luck

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#7
November 8, 2017 at 17:36:35
Did you try "Everything" to look for your file?

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#8
November 9, 2017 at 20:33:31
#6 reply above should do it if there is any chance at all.
In addition, flash drives are not really reliable enough to be the storage for important files. They are good to take files along with you but you should keep the file on your computer or in the cloud AND either another computer or a portable hard drive as back up. Some also make CD's or DVD's for extra protection which are portable as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
November 18, 2017 at 07:32:07
The operation you describe may have created a temp file during the process. Try searching for *.tmp

Also try searching for the file with a dot* after it.

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