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James Calder  Identity Verified
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Sep 23, 2008

Hi everyone
I've been working on a word file this morning but forgot to save it on my hard drive. Normally I'd be able to find it in the Temporary Files folder but because I opened it from a RAR folder I can't find it anywhere. Anyone got any ideas where I might be able to find it, if at all?
Thanks
James


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RieM  Identity Verified
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Try this... Sep 23, 2008

Hi James,

Oh, we sure know your pain.... been there done that.....

* Check your RAR program (WinRAR?)'s preferences to see where it stores a temp file.
or
* Search your hard drive using the date/time criteria, not with the file name, because a temp file may not carry the same filename at all. If you find something with the similar file size with the date/time range you were working on the file, copy these files somewhere, change the extention and try to open them.

Regards,
Rie


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Daniela Koleva  Identity Verified
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I would suggest this... Sep 23, 2008

If you have closed the file without saving it, I have no idea how you can retrieve it. But if you have clicked 'save' then I would suggest that you run the Windows File Search... If you remember a part of the file name or any particular combination of words, you may search for it. Be sure to tick in the Show Hidden Files option.
I'm not quite sure if this will help you if you haven't saved it at all...
Anyway, for the future I would advise you to use Google Desktop. It makes an archive of all files and versions of files (of course you can change the preferences) and later on you can retrieve them easily.
Once I had the same problem like you. Since then I have Google Desktop and I'm very happy with it.


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James Calder  Identity Verified
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Thanks Sep 23, 2008

Thanks for your suggestions Rie and Daniela. I've had to do the text all over again as I couldn't find it anywhere. Apparently WinRAR files delte themselves automatically after an hour.
Won't make that mistake again.
Thanks for your help anyway
James


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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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don't be so sure ... Sep 23, 2008

I hope you never have to suffer through this again, James, but just yesterday, I did it (YET AGAIN) with a file (which fortunately, being a Word file, I could track down using the suggestions that Daniela made).

Every time it happens, I swear "never again!"

but somehow, when things are crazy, and a rush file arrives, it is SO EASY to forget to save it to your hard disk.


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Undelete utility Sep 24, 2008

I find undelete utility may solve your trouble.
Temporary files can be deleted if the application is closed but trace of the files is usually left on your hard disk. Many File Undelete programs can seek [and recover] these.

Soonthon L.


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RieM  Identity Verified
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feel your pain.... Sep 24, 2008

James Calder wrote:

Won't make that mistake again.

James


Hi James,

Sorry to hear that. WinZip leaves the opened file in the .zip, but WinRAR "tidies up" temp files... I have done that too. Since this happens to so many people, there should be some kind of "enhancement" to these tools,

Best regards,
Rie


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