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Lost excel document

Yesterday I did a lot of work in an Excel document which my boss sent me in his email...
So I opened the document from his email added all these changes, saved it many times but this morning I couldn't find it anywhere...

So I made a mistake and I re-opened the document from the email my boss sent me...
So when I finally though to look in the temp file under document settings local settings temp, the document there was the one without the changes, the one my boss sent me....

Now I was thinking if I do a system restore for yesterday, or early this morning before i got to work, do you think the document with my changes will be there in the temp file...
It's strange that I can't find it because i saved it many times... I guess I didnt' save it anywhere specif, so it probably saved it in temp, but when I re-opened the document from my boss's email this morning, it overrided yesterdays document....
Does that make sense?

Do you guys know what I can try in order to restore it... I had a lot of information in it, it took me all day yesterday...

Thank you in advance!  Angie
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Gemini532Author Commented:
Also, if I have to do a system restore, how do I do that?
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elbereth21Commented:
Hi Gemini532,
I don't think system restore is the way to go, since it is clearly designed in order not to change user files (such as documents or .xls files), but only system files. You can try to search for files modified during the last 24 hours and see if, by any chance, you really saved the file anywhere else, without noticing it.

Elbereth.
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Gemini532Author Commented:
I did a search on the c: drive with no luck...
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Gemini532Author Commented:
The temp directory in documents settings loginName: ahill  local settings and temp
I was hoping it would be there, but it's not...    :(
I see a bunch of jiberish files in there... Maybe if I take all the files there from 4/20 yesterday and I change their extention to .xls
Do you think one of them might be the one?
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elbereth21Commented:
Then your only option is to use a data recovery software like File scavenger: http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm, but you might not be always lucky, considering temp directories are usually overwritten quickly.
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Gemini532Author Commented:
It didn't work   :(
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elbereth21Commented:
> Maybe if I take all the files there from 4/20 yesterday and I change their extention to .xls
There is a chance, but it is not very likely to happen. Before doing anything on that folder, try some data recovery software, so'll avoid accidental damage.
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Gemini532Author Commented:
No luck with either...
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Suat OzgurWeb / Application DeveloperCommented:
Hi,

Just an idea in case you are using Microsoft Office Outlook.
Outlook saves the documents into a secure folder, mostly named as OLK4E. This folder is usually located at %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLK4E. Actually you can find the exact folder in registry by looking for the following key value:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Security\OutlookSecureTempFolder
(10.0 might be different according to Outlook version)

I always find my unintentionally saved attachment files in this folder. May be it helps.

Note: If you saved the workbook second time by using the attachment then it should have probably overwritten but if you didn't save it then it might be still there.

Suat
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TommyGunnCommented:
Suat is your best choice. Anytime you open a file from OL and it is through exchange server, the file will save in the last location, usually in the exchange folder which if you did look under documents and settings..blah blah blah you usually cannot find this file.
Open that file and then click on open folder and see if it is that directory, if not reopen, make changes and save to desktop. Been there and done this.
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Gemini532Author Commented:
GENIUS!
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Suat OzgurWeb / Application DeveloperCommented:
Glad to hear the file was not overwritten :)

Thanks for the points and A grade!
Suat
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