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Recover over wirtten Word 2007 document

Posted on 2014-04-28
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Hi All,

I urgently need your help

is there any change I can recover a over written word 2007 document that days 20 days work on it.

I check on internet and following some guide which show how to recover from  .asd and .wbk files but no joy.

I used a recovery program called EaseUS Recovery and looked into the recovered file but no joy as well.

Unfortunately there is no backup at all and I urgently need help.

Can some one point me into the right direction?

Thanks in advance
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by:rindi
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You would have to immediately stop using the PC on which you had originally stored the file. Remove it's HD and connect it as a 2nd disk to another PC running windows. Then scan it using getdataback. If the utility sees your deleted file register it so you can copy it (or the different versions of it) to some other location.

But the longer you wait and keep on using your PC, the less likely you are of finding the file, as the space where it was will likely have been overwritten and used by other files.

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by:Danbrasco
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Hi Rindi,

Thanks for the reply.

The file was not deleted  but over written.I  ran a recovery program i.e. EaseUS Recovery but couldn't find any previous versions.

Is there good reason  to use getdataback program? If so, how is this prog. different from above program?

Your suggestion still applicable?

Regards
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by:rindi
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Getdataback is the best recovery utility available. It is better than the easus products. Whether it can recover your data depends on the situation. The only way to is to try.

If with "Overwritten" you mean you edited the file and changed it's contents, it is possible that you can restore an older version of the same file by right clicking it, then selecting properties, then selecting the "Previous Version" tab. Here you should have all the previous versions of the file that are still on the system listed, and you should be able to select the version you need and restore it that way. But you need the Volume Shadow Copy service of windows to have always been running for this to work.

If with "overwritten" you mean you copied another file with the same name over it, then getdataback would be your best option.
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by:Danbrasco
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By overwritten, I meant by accidently and unintentionally saved ( saved and closed word program ) something over the top of previously saved data i.e. same file and same name but different content now.

I have tried the Previous version ( right click on the folder ), it says no previous version.

Thanks
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That means that it will be very unlikely that anything can get your data back. For the future make sure you have the Volume Shadow Copy Service running, and also make sure System Restore is active.

Daily backups are also an absolute necessity, if possible to different media so you have different versions available for restore if necessary.
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by:Danbrasco
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not able to recover as not shadow copies and no backup.
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by:Danbrasco
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Danbrasco's comment #a40047333

for the following reason:

there was not solution provide  and user end up loosing the document.

Lesson learned and have to plan to future disaster recovery plan
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Hi Rindi and EE Admin,

I must add that i have not been given any new steps that i have not performed and certainly i did not get any resolution from this ticket.

With regards to learning to for plan for future disaster recovery, i work in IT industry and i understand the importance of backup and recovery plan.

I think that force rewarding the point is unfair.

Thanks
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Sometimes the correct answer to a Question is that "it can't be done", which was the case here. Data typically can only be recovered if it is still available somewhere which obviously wasn't the case here. Besides correctly answering the Question I even gave some additional good advice on what should be done to avoid this situation in the future. So you actually got an even better value answer than you normally would expect...
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