Can't find my Auto Recover files

Posted on 2009-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm on a network computer at work, and when I logged in this morning all my key folders and files were gone ... overnight. So I went looking for my Auto Recover files and here's the exact location specified in the Save tab: "C:\Documents and Settings\rdstemp\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\ "  However when I go to "C:\Documents and Settings\rdstemp\..." there's no "Application Data" folder inside it.

So I went to the Adminstrator account and got this far: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Microsoft\... " but the only folder inside it was "Intenet Explorer"

I frequently saw the auto recover engine saving, but the expected folders don't exist.  My worst case scenario is that who ever deleted my originals also went in and deleted the backup folders. But assuming there's no one that clever and diabolical around here, what's my next step?


Question by:gabrielPennyback
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    Autorecover is to protect against application / system crashes -- it is not a backup.  So when you properly exited Excel the temporary autosave documents were deleted.

    Check your recycle bin to be sure the documents are not available for recovery there.

    If you are not the network administrator, I would suggest going to them.  In a properly managed network, the administrator will have backups of your files and should be able to easily restore them.

    Another option (but you need to act quickly for best success) is to run an undelete application.  This type of program will physically inspect your hard drive for the remains of deleted files and recover them (when a file is deleted -- unless a secure delete tool is used -- the data is not actually removed from the hard drive....only the pointer to that data is removed).
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    The good news is that someone had put all my stuff in another folder, so I'm fine after all, but thanks for the education about Auto Recover.
    - John

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