Recover unsaved file?

Posted on 2008-11-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
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.

Question by:StaindSou11
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    Expert Comment

    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.

    Author Comment

    How would I find these recover saves? it couldve mistakingly recovered the wrong one?
    LVL 8

    Accepted Solution

    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.
    LVL 35

    Assisted Solution

    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.

    Author Comment

    both good ideas, and i will try both.

    Author Closing Comment

    sorry about how long the award took - thank you for the answers though!

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