Recover Overwritten File

Posted on 2004-04-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
My boss saved a blank Word file over one that he had previously saved.  Now when he pulls it up there is nothing in the document.  Will a recovery tool such as Lost & Found help?  Is there any way to recover a file that has been overwritten?
Question by:slink9
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Expert Comment

ID: 10742723
Hi slink9,

As it's overwritten by a blank document, your only luck will be a backup...


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ID: 10742791
That was my respone.  I was told that I don't know what I am doing and he will pay someone to come in and recover it.  Whatever, it's his money.
I thought I was right and just wanted verification on that.  He keeps blabbering about internet history and recovering Michael Jackson's files.  I told him that files are recovered from backup but there are no backups of his data.  There will be starting tonight, though.
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ID: 10742836
>>He keeps blabbering about internet history and recovering Michael Jackson's files.
Those are just deleted, not overwritten :(

Only physical harddisk surgery might get some of the document back. But at this point, that computer won't even know that that original document ever existed. Also, none of the tools on CrazyOnes list can help if the document is overwritten.

Ask your boss if he's ever saved the document on another disk and deleted it afterwards, if it wasn't on the same disk CrazyOnes list might help.

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ID: 10742977
Nope.  It's only on this one hard drive.  I thought about the Word temp files but none of those exist either.
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ID: 10743026
Sorry I couldn't be more of a help.


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ID: 39332724
using my recovery tools, I'll try  to recover my data on my hard drive, but i found out that some of the data that i want to recover is already overwritten. But in-spite of that situation i had force to recover it and when i open the files the content is already garbage! so my problem is how can i recover totally my files back to original

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