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Mistaken deleted Word file

A friend seems to have somehow mistakenly deleted nearly all of a novel she was writing  in Word and saved the file. The last backup she had done was in October. And hasn't emailed it  to anyone or to herself.We know that is a cardinal sin but might there be a place where some recent autosaved versions might be lurking?

Long shot I know but any suggestions gratefully received...
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is a long (long) time ago to expect recovery.

Look in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\   to see if the file or a copy is in there,

Otherwise it is likely lost (99%)
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you don't have shadow copies (previous versions saved) then the first thing you MUST do is shutdown the computer and remove the drive to prevent overwriting the sectors that were freed when you deleted the file.  The longer you leave the drive connected the less chance you have of recovering the file/files

What yu adn do now is from another computer attach the drive and use a program like getdataback or r-studio to try and recover the file.. they offer trial to see if you can recover before you purchase and then copy the recovered file to another drive.

You definitely need some sort of backup even just a folder backup to another drive, sync back pro from 2brightsparks to automatically copy the files somewhere else... even to onedrive or some other place i.e. google drive, amazon s3, Azure, Box, somewhere

If using word go into options/Save and turn on save autorecover every XX minutes, and also keep the last autorecovered version if I close without saving. The default autosave location is
To add to David's suggestion, you might employ the services of a data recovery firm or a data forensics firm.
gerlisAuthor Commented:
That's life!  No real magic bullet on this one. Thanks to all who responded.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was pleased to assist you.
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