Recover an older version of current file

March 2, 2013 at 14:33:30
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion 2.4GHz/4GB RAM
I have an MS Access database file, which recently went corrupt and unrecoverable. I have tried everything I can think of to try to recover it, but have failed on all attempts. My last hail mary attempt is to try to recover an older version of the file. By old version I mean to revert back to the state it was in a few days ago before the last few saves. I know Windows 7 has the "restore previous version" feature but unfortunatelly, this file is located on a USB flash drive and that option is not available when I right click the file. My idea is hopefully there is some kind of software title out there that can scan the drive for overwritten/previous versions of saved files. I have used the software Recuva in the past to restore deleted files and was hoping that this would see older versions of files before they are saved over but it appears that it does not. Does anyone have any suggestions os to if and how to recover such a file?

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#1
March 2, 2013 at 15:39:50
If the file is overwritten (as appears to be the case) then it cannot be recovered. Unless your software kept previous versions of the file I am afraid it is gone. The previous versions feature works by periodically creating a backup copy of files. It is not a part of the file system.

If a file is important it needs a backup copy.

Flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media and can not be trusted for primary storage of important files. In addition to the reliability issues they are easily lost, stolen, or physically damaged. They should be used primarily as a transport media where the files are stored elsewhere.

All important files, wherever they are stored, need at least one backup copy. Those of particular importance need 2 or more backup copies, preferably stored in different locations. Having no backup copies is asking for trouble.


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#2
March 3, 2013 at 04:52:09
Well, I guess hail Mary attempts dont always work. It was worth a shot though.
I understand the importance of backing up and do have a backup copy I can work off of, although a little outdated.

Since we are on the topic of backups and flash drives, is there any method of auto backing up the flash drive whenever it is plugged into my PC? Right now I keep files on it that I use both at home and work, so they are always with me. Manually copying/backing up each time i plug it in, although safe, is kind of a hassle and not always completed.


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#3
March 20, 2013 at 23:53:07
You have to get usb driver to restore your Backup for more steps about windows 7 backup i advise you to visit

http://www.backupwin7.com/


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