I have to retrieve work I lost by overwritting file

February 10, 2013 at 06:55:04
Specs: Windows 7
Good afternoon
I had a file called Oct results. I then opened this renamed in Nov and without thinking worked on this file and then saved it. In the process I lost all the work I have done on the Oct file. I now deleted the Nov file!!! Any way possible to get my Oct file back. I know this file was still around on the 8th Nov 2012.

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February 10, 2013 at 08:17:52
You may be able to retrieve it with file recovery software but it may have been completely overwritten with new data, in which case it's gone forever. Keeping your files backed up on a separate drive would have avoided that.

Apart from the risk of accidentally overwriting something, you have to remember that a hard drive can fail at any time. That's why keeping backups is so important.

Try one of these free recovery tools: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filer...

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February 10, 2013 at 08:20:36
You can try data recovery software to look for delete files, but any new installations run the risk of overwriting your deleted file. Ideally you take the hard drive out, attach it to another machine and run the data recovery or pull an image off the hard drive. They are not large programs, but as I say you risk overwriting the data if you install it on the hard drive you are attempting to recover.

These are free and work well.



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February 10, 2013 at 13:42:23
MS Office has default settings for autosave. What program were you using to create and edit the file?

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February 10, 2013 at 13:48:56
I doubt if any file recovery software is going to help you. You lost the Oct data as soon as you saved the file with the Nov Data.

What you should have done is open the Oct file. Make you alterations. The use Save as, saving the file with a different name. That would have left the Oct file intact and a new file for Nov.


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February 10, 2013 at 13:55:47
Click on the link below. There are no guarantees but you may get lucky. May depend on the version of MS Office and how your options were set.


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