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HELP! How to recover an over-written word document?


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crayonman

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Is there any system recovery I can do to get the file back? My friend typed a 4 page essay but when she tried to add a title page on page 5 I think she accidentally selected the whole document and pressed enter repeatedly to start a new page. She then saved over her work thinking it's finished and closed microsoft words. I know that when system crashes there's recovery, but is there a recovery for a situation like this? Please help it took her 4 hours to do the essay, any help is appreciated!

I already tried the demo versions of Undelete, Doc Repair, Doc Regenerator and Search and Recover 3 on System Mechanics 06. Please help she worked very hard on this essay but she accidentally saved over the file.
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Neil Jones

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If the file was not saved in My Documents, use System Restore - Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools to roll it back.

If the file was saved in My Documents, you're out of luck, System Restore won't have caught it and I would advise your friend to learn about line breaks in Word for next time. All she can do is retype the project.

The programs you mention are designed for recovering deleted files that aren't being seen on the disk, not for what you're trying to do.
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I used a program called "RecoverMyFiles" to find a file I accidentally overwrote. It took me about an hour of going through every file it found, and then I had to "re-format" the file in Microsoft Word because I was able to only recover the exact text, with no processor formatting. But still, at least I found it.
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hi all....the same thing just happened to me and i need to recover the file now.....i don't know what a system recovery is - am i going to lose any other files? is it going to wipe my hard drive? what exactly is going to happen if i do a system recovery?

and...if i do a system recovery, will i definitely find the file? where would i find it? if i'm not able to recover it after a system recovery, will that ruin my chances of using one of those fancy scmnacy programs to find it?

i see my temp files in the folder, but i'm not able to access them by double-clicking or by right-clicking & pressing, "open." is there another way to see them? (or does it even matter?)


HELLLLLLLLPPPPP!!!!! :whistling: :blink: :help: :) :woot:
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Hi, this is not a great problem, maybe you should try with a recovery Word software as WordFIX, I have used this software and works very fine, I could recover all my lost Word documents.
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