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Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

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    Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    Hi there,
    My first visit, hope I get it right. I did search for similar problems, but it didn't come up with anything the same.

    I have been working on a chapter of my thesis, recently moving it all to my USB so I can work at uni too. Well, its totally disappeared, after I tried to save it tonight - it came up with an error, saying the file path was gone and that it would make a rescue save and close down!??! I tried to close everything else properly, but this one file just had the error message and I had to click ok.... and then it was completely gone. I wrote down the ~wrl file number, but searching for it yields nothing. There is one 'rescue file' but it has endnote reference coding (bibliographic software) and no text. This isn't the first time this has happened, but the last time was years ago when Vista first came out and I learnt to put files on the C: to work one them - I forgot. I have recently changed my anti-virus software too, I've heard that can cause trouble.

    I have downloaded "Undelete" and it seems to be scanning forever. Before I googled I backed up my other chapters and emailed them to myself - but I backed them up (zipped to a folder) ON the USB, didn't realise that would be a bad idea, grr.

    Ok, sorry, hope that's enough info, please please, it was a huge amount of work... any ideas? And how can I stop this happening in the future?

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    Re: Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    Hello schnauzer, and Welcome to the Vista Forums

    Sorry to hear of your problem,

    You may want to take a look at this software which has helped many others from similar issues ...

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Home

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    Re: Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    Thankyou

    I had tried Undelete, but from your link I tried Recuva, which is a lot better! It said my file has been overwritten, which was what I was afraid it would say. However - there is a slightly previous version that was over written by the ~WRL file name I wrote down. YET I can't find the ~WRL file?!?! Surely, if it over-wrote the original file, it should still be somewhere? Any ideas?

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    Re: Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    One thing that comes to mind is due to the nature of these ~WRL files it may well be a hidden file and as far as I know the recuva software will not change this when recovering the file.

    What you may want to try is to set windows explorer to show hidden files - hopefully you can find the missing file and recover your work

    To show hidden files in explorer select the organise button, and then the "folder and search options" from the drop down menu
    Select the "View" tab and then select the "show hidden Files, Folders, and Drives" option and OK out of the dialog box.

    If this does not show the file one other thing to try is to, in the same view dialog, un-check the "Hide protected operating system files"

    Hope this helps,

    Don't forget to change back any changes you make to the display settings especially if you change the system files options

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    Re: Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    Oh wow, I owe you sooo much! The view operating system files did it, sitting pretty on my flash, from only a few hours before the crash - thousands of words and revisions saved!!!! Needless to say, I have emailed it and saved it everywhere, and will no longer work off my flash drive. Surely this error should be fixed! Anyway, thank you many times over

    Schn.

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    Re: Lost word file - totally disappeared, urgent recovery!

    Glad to hear you have things sorted out

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