Need to recover a PowerPoint file

A colleague of mine (wasn't me, honest!) accidentally saved over a PowerPoint file, and no, there is not a back-up.

What might work in terms of file recovery, or is she, as they say, up the creek without a paddle?
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Patrick MatthewsAsked:
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flubbsterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If it had simply been deleted, then you might have been able to recover it. However, writing over the file essentially replaced the original.

So... no, you can't get it back.
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Attach the disk or device on which the file is to another machine and run file recovery software.   You could attach by either slaving it or placing in USB enclosure.

Try GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/  Free to try.  If it sees the missing files you pay for full functionality.

Also look at PCInspector http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm and Recuva http://www.recuva.com/

Both are free.

I'd try GetDataBack.  If it sees your files then try the free ones.  If they work you save money.

If this file is on a working machine don't try installing/running file recovery software on it as you make the chances of recovery less.
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JSRWilsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Start paddling I'm afraid.

Did you maybe email it somewhere?

Vista and Windows 7 can recover such files sometimes but not XP
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Dk_guruConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If there ever was a time that the program was force closed, there may he a temp file with an unusual name that if the extension is changed to ppt it will be the file that was open during the force close...   the location is usually the same, but some times it ends up in the local template directory.  Only if the program was forced closed.....
Good luck, BTW awesome idea, email yourself important files.....!
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JSRWilsonCommented:
Unfortunately there's unlikey to be an old TMP file. PowerPoint tells you straight away if one exists and offers to delete it. Worth a go though a search for PPT*.TMP will find them. The wildcard * represents a number, usually 4 digits.

Not relevant here but may help others All versions of windows 7 and high end versions of Vista store "Previous Versions" which can be restored.

Worth knowing that all versions of Vista do this too but it's only the high end versions that have a GUI to get them back. If you have a lower version you can restore with code.
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Patrick MatthewsAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!

Turns out my co-worker had emailed a copy of the file to another colleague, so she was able to recover it that way :)
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