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Posted on 2014-01-23
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hi experts,

 I have an excel spreadsheet with a lot of informatin. I accidentally deleted all the files and saved it and now it's blank! Is there any way I can recover from this?
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by:rindi
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Restore the file from your backups using the backup utility you have been using.
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by:frankbustos
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what if I didin't have that file backed up?
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by:rindi
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Then you are rather careless!

You could check whether your file is in the recycle bin, and if it is, restore it that way. If it isn't there, immediately stop using that PC, remove the HD from it and attach it as a 2nd disk to another PC running Windows. Then scan it using getdataback. If that tool sees your file, register the utility so you can copy the file to some other location:

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CompProbSolv earned 500 total points
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Though rindi is correct on both accounts, I suggest that there is another possibility.  Depending on your version of Windows and its configuration, you may have a Restore Previous Versions option that could save you.  Try browsing to the folder that held the files, right-clicking on the folder, and see if you have "Restore Previous Versions" as an option.  You may be able to bring your files back there.

Keep in mind that the more you run the drive, the more likely it is that deleted files can get overwritten.  rindi's suggestion to "immediately stop using that PC, remove the HD...." addresses this issue.
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by:frankbustos
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this worked, thanks!
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