Recover unsaved file?

One of my crew members was working on an OpenOffice Calc file for me for a day, and forgot to save. he closed the laptop and did not open it up until after the battery had died. The file was obviously gone and the recovery process in openoffice was only able to bring back the last saved version.

Is there anything I can do? I need this information.

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97WideGlideConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't know if this Shareware will do it or not, but you might look into it :

From their website :
Mareew Office Recovery 1.2 - Automatically recover lost and deleted Microsoft Office and OpenOffice documents with Mareew Office Recovery. Survive system crashes and disk corruption, recover documents from formatted or inaccessible disks, and rescue files deleted from the Recycle Bin easily and reliably. Mareew Office Recovery applies powerful methods to ensure recovery even if the disk is severely damaged or completely inaccessible, and supports all versions of Microsoft Office from Office 95 to 2007, as well as OpenOffice 1 and 2.

Another :
Office Recovery Wizard - Recover lost or deleted Microsoft Office documents with a step-by-step wizard. Office Recovery Wizard undeletes Office documents erased from the Recycle Bin, and recovers files
lost due to a system failure, disk crash or file system
corruption. Powerful recovery algorithms support documents created with Microsoft Office 95-2007, OpenOffice 1 and 2, and StarOffice.
Probably not.  By default OO does a "recovery" save every 15 minutes.  So the most recently copy you could get is 15 minutes old.   However starting OO should ask about recovering the file.
StaindSou11Author Commented:
How would I find these recover saves? it couldve mistakingly recovered the wrong one?
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torimarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Presuming you use OpenOffice under Windows, then all your temporary OO files (depending on your OO version) will be in:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\OpenOffice.org2\user\   or:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\\user\

Check mainly the folders \backup and \temp. If you don't find anything there, you may want to run a search in that folder for files "*.*" containing a text snippet you remember from the file.
Alternatively, browse through all the folders, and whatever has a strange (or very familiar) name, open it up in OO Write.
StaindSou11Author Commented:
both good ideas, and i will try both.
StaindSou11Author Commented:
sorry about how long the award took - thank you for the answers though!
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