looking to recover overwritten excel file on server used on workstation

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi, I have a user that uses excel, she daily imputs info into the same excel spreadsheet.  I overwrote the file accidently, I'm pretty sure I can't get the file back from the server, but is there a place on her computer that saves the file, I know that it makes a tmp file for a while, can i get this? would autosave help me?
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    I am most certain that you will not be able to recover that data (as it has been overwritten not deleted)  but you can use some of these tools
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    Also try if you can find a copy on the hard drive it happend to me to find an old copy.
    try C:\ Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Recent
    C:\ Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Recent
    and also do a serch on your pc for the file name and a maybe you can try a search for *.* and a word from the file if you can remember.
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    When you say you can't get the file back from the server, what kind of server is it?  If it's Windows 2003 you may have Volume Shadow Copy enabled which will have an automatic version backup.

    If not, the temp file wouldn't help much, but if the file was ever emailed to someone, the attachment would still be there.

    Do you not otherwise have a backup of the file from a server backup?

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    look in the excel settings to see where the backup is being saved.  It could be anywhere, or nowhere, you will have to get her to find this in excel, Tools, options, save backup

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