Overwritten Word Document Must Recover

Posted on 2006-05-06
Last Modified: 2008-04-29
Dear whoever may help to save my thesis:
I am what I considered an IT Pro but am currently a total dipshit.  I had written a large portion of my thesis with Word 2003 on a Windows XP Pro Laptop.  I had a previous version saved on a Linux Desktop system that was saved in Samba.  I had left  the old document open on the Linux Desktop with Open Office 2.0.  

I had saved the document on the Samba drive but then saw it open on the desktop a few minutes later and out of habit clicked save and closed it.  Now its the old useless version.  Is there anyway I can get the old version back?  Perhaps stored in a temp directory I don't know about or a copy in my Laptop RAM?  Or am I SOL?  Please god help, I will f'ing name my first born child after you if you can help me do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I have had great success at recovering data with GetDataBack:

    This should recover your data. Download a free trial, run it, and if it recovers your data, pay for it and proceed.
    Good luck!

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    Thanks phototropic!  Unfortunately I already tried that.  I have a copy of getbackntfs but the file is on a linux samba share and getback does not scan shares.  Im not even sure if sambas use ntfs file system or a unix ext2.  Maybe there is a Linux tool that I could use but I have tried about every windows forensic utility I can find and had no luck.  I was hoping to find some temp files but I only found fragments so unfortunately this may be a total loss.  Any other ideas?
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    It's not clear at all what you did.
    Anyway, download Stellar Phoenix Linux
    it will scan Linux partition types,
    and success!

    The hard in cause must stop booting from it to preserve all data.
    Best is to boot from another hard, then plug it through an USB - IDE adapter and run Stellar Phoenix Linux.

    After all this use Quarkexpress instead of Word.

    Author Comment

    Thanks, I bet that would work I downloaded the softwar and checked it out.  At this point I have rewritten most of what I lost so I am kind of giving up on the recovery effort.  But as I run into this stuff with work all the time its another tool in my arsenal.  

    One issue is that my Linux system is not dual boot with Windows.  I run windows on a laptop and use the Linux Desktop at a fileserver and general geek machine.  It seems like none of these recovery programs will scan network shares.  I will accept your answer but please let me know if you know of anything that will scan network shares.

    Thanks alot!  
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    All i can think of, try to map in windows the shares, after that run Stellar Phoenix Linux.
    It might be dificult as you want to scan unknown to windows partitions, as i understand. (try and keep your docs in fat32 partitions)
    Right now i don't have a network to test that.
    I think Stellar Phoenix Linux should do the job, it depends of your network type.
    By the way, i know it's the best.
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    Also in this cases, it's better to disconnect the hard and plug it on the same PC (laptop), so no files would be in use.

    Author Comment

    I actually tried mapping the drives but getbackntfs for some reason would not allow me to connect through the mapping or the ip utility.  I'm sure it has to do with the complex SELINUX firewall which I don't have time to mess with.  Also, I am underequipped to move the Linux drive to slave it up to a PC as it is SATA and I don't have a SATA to USB.  But I assure you that I will be purchasing one ASAP.

    Thanks again!

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