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How To Restore A File Under Winxp


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#1 novirusplease

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 04:14 PM

I was using a very important Excel file (which I use on a daily basis) and was proceeding to a last save when my PC inadvertantly re-booted. After re-booting, I could not find my Excel file anywhere on my HDDs (search all hard drives). I am sure that this file is not completely lost, only a minor part.
I did nothing else then the file search after the re-boot.
How can I restore this file?

Guidance is highly appreciated.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 07:41 PM

Try to open Excel, clearly you can't double click the file that's not visible. If you have office2003 or 2000 it should tell you it's recovering, what do you want to save, that sort of thing. There'll be a list on the left side in Excel. Most likely just that one file.
I use Excel a lot, and yes, when the computer crashes or reboots or whatever it pleases to do, Excel gives me the option to recover the file. Knock on wood, never lost any yet even though it happened several times.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:09 AM

I use Office 97... and there is not list such as you describe. I know what you are talking about as I also use a higher version of Office at work, unfortunately I do have access to this function.
Is there any other way to recover my file?

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:20 AM

You may be able to recover the previously saved version of the excel file if you know where (what folder) it was saved, but any incremental work will have been lost.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:52 AM

1. Does c:\Temp directory have anything you might recognize as your file (by date, by size).
Right click ~ files with .tmp extension, look at properties. If it says excel, it might be it but might not be true. Anyway, make a copy and try to work with the copy.

2. Microsoft kb item
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/142117
See section "Use the Microsoft Excel 97 File Recovery Macro to Recover Information (Excel 97 only)"
This might be where the recovery macro is
https://www.microsoft.com.nsatc.net/technet...a.mspx?mfr=true

3. others - charge money, the first one has a trial version.I wouldn't touch'm unless the Microsoft way took you nowhere
http://www.officerecovery.com/excel/
http://www.ozgrid.com/Services/excel-corrupt-recovery.htm
http://www.mathtools.net/Excel/Recovery/
http://www.softhypermarket.com/ExcelRecove...load_11620.html

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:34 PM

This is just a guess..
But try a search for the folder with *folder name,but replace the first letter with the aristic (*)

example : the folder.... *hefolder...
Sometimes when a file is deleted it's only renamed with adifferent first letter..
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:33 PM

The Temp folder did not help but I could restore my Excel file from another (backup?) file which had the same size and was saved at the same moment although the file name was odd. I could open this odd file with Excel and re-save it under the correct name and correct file format.




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