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Lost an important .odt document in my temporary folder


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#1 Rapture333

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 08:42 PM

Hello, I recently downloaded a file from google drive that opened in Libre Office, it was an article I am writing for a cryptocurrency exchange, I wrote upwards of 2300 words and stayed up until 4AM just to fniish the article in time. I saved the document, not thinking and powered down my laptop (running Linux Mint). This evening I turned on my laptop to finish the article to find that the file was not found, it looks like it has been deleted from the temp folder, I thought I saved in Documents but unforutunately I was wrong. Is there any way to recover the file? I worked for hours on this article and it would be a shame to lose it, any help would be appreciated.



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:14 PM

You could try Recuva by piriform: https://www.piriform.com/recuva

 

When looking for the type, just select documents and let it go to town searching for you.


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:17 PM

Did you look in the /var/tmp dir?



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:31 PM

Oh crap, im really sorry, i didn't notice it was the linux forum...

 

In that case.... we can try... photorec http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

 

1. Download and extract the testdisk folder to your desktop

2. Open A terminal

3. Drag the "photorec_static" into the terminal

4. Hit Enter To Proceed

5. Press the right arrow on your keyboard to select "File Opt"

6. Press S to quickly de-select all

7. Using the spacebar, select the file type and hit B, then Enter twice

7. Now On the Menu go to "Search"

6. Select *Linux

7. Hit enter for ext2/ext3

8. To Play it safe, select "Whole"

 

This step is to choose where to save

9. Select Documents ( For ease of access ) then press C

 

I hope this helps a bit, I noticed it doesn't look for .odt unfortunately :(


Edited by wishmakingfairy, 10 November 2014 - 09:41 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:58 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the help and quick replies! I was able to recover my .odt file using Scalpel, I had to mess with the config file to look for .odt files, but was able to se set it up and it managed to find the document. I am elated, thanks again for the help!



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:59 PM

Glad to hear it, and... glad to see something I didn't know about yet :P, so thanks for that.

 

Also! I'd go into libre office > tools > load&save > general then select the default you want your documents to save in. I know this can be important in school and offices. I generally make it so my text files save in 2007/2010/2013 .docx format so incase I do have to make a document, others can pull it up with microsoft office.


Edited by wishmakingfairy, 10 November 2014 - 10:02 PM.

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