Need help recovering a Word document
Thread poster: Kim Metzger

Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:47
German to English
Feb 13, 2003

I had almost finished a translation a few minutes ago when I accidentally lost it. I had the document open and was looking for another one in the same directory. I opened it and it turned out it was the one I had open. My Word program is in Spanish and I guess I misunderstood the question I was asked when a window came up. I clicked on \"don\'t change document\" and ended up getting the version I had started on a few hours ago. Can someone tell me if there\'s any way to recover the completed document?


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:47
English to German
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Backup copy? Feb 13, 2003

Hi Kim,

The only thing I can think of is this: *if* you have set Word to automatically create a backup copy when storing *and* you had stored your document some time along the way, you could try that backup copy...

Good luck, Ralf


Dinorah Maria Tijerino-Acosta
Local time: 15:47
English to Spanish
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Agree with Ralf Feb 13, 2003

It\'s the only method I know to recover a lost document. Good luck!



Carolyn Denoncourt  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:47
Member (2004)
French to English
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Ways to recover lost Word documents Feb 13, 2003

Hi Kim,

You don\'t say what version of Word you are using, but if you go to Microsoft\'s support website and look for Knowledge Base article 316950 you will find several suggestions of what to try with Word 2000. Here is a link to get you there:;en-us;316950

Good luck,



Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:47
German to English
No dice Feb 13, 2003

Thank you all for your suggestions. I also got some private mail from Anetta and Elias. Thank you, but nothing works. I have my autosave set for every 5 minutes, but the document is nowhere to be found. It could have something to do with the fact that my hard disc is full, almost no storage space left. I have ordered a new PC and hope it will get here soon - Dude, you\'re gettin a Dell!


Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:47
Member (2003)
English to Latvian
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I suggest GoBack Feb 14, 2003

My suggestion, to use Symantec GoBack, of course, this will not help you any at this time (if you don’t have it already installed), but- if you have (I have), it is useful tool to revert your computer to earlier state. It is a pain in the @#$ if you need to reverse your computer because of some incorrectly installed program, because then you loose ALL that was changed in your computer after the time to which you revert (10 minutes, an hour, 2 hours, 24, hours, whatever), documents, emails, whatever (in these cases I beforehand write changed files on CD before reverting), but- you can revert your computer to earlier state of your choice, and deleted and emptied from trash documents, emails, etc. will reappear. Seldom needed, but if, priceless.


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:47
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Use you CAT tool. Feb 14, 2003

Have you tried using your CAT tool?

If nothing else works. Since all the TM must remain intact, you can \"translate\" the document all over again without too much fuss. It\'ll be easier if it\'s a small document.

[ This Message was edited by:on2003-02-14 07:20]


Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:47
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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Try searching the file Feb 14, 2003

I think the file is still in your PC!

I\'ll try to explain how to recover it but the problem is thay my PC is in Spanish, and I don\'t know the equivalents in English (neither my English is good).

1) Go to INICIO (the red, green, blue and yellow MS square at the botton right. Left click on it.

2) Go to BUSCAR (\"Search\", perhaps?). Left click on it. (Note: the icon has a magnifying glass)

3) Go to ARCHIVOS Y CARPETAS (Files & Folders). A menu will be displayed. Please be sure that the option BUSCAR EN (Search on) states MY PC

4) On the space \"Con el texto\" (\"containing the text\" or something like that) - at the tab menu NOMBRE Y UBICACION, name & location, just type a word used in your translation. The word should be a special one; its better if it\'s a rare word, used only in that translation.

5) Got to tab FECHA (Date), and click on \"TODOS LOS ARCHIVOS - Created\" (ALL FILES Created\" on the previous 1 day.

6) Click on search, and... pray! Perhaps the browser will give you a number of files (not necessaryly a .doc file, but a back up one) containing your translation.




Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:47
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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Look in your temporary directory Feb 14, 2003

There shall be a lot of *.tmp files. Pick the newest one, which is not 0 kB all very small and right clik on it. Then select \"open with\" and select Word. If you are a bit lucky (but this is really tricky and you need a lot of luck), then perhaps you can find your document - or at least part of it in \"text only\" format - and so restore it.

But if you select \"do not save changes\" and have no backup copy (*.bak in older Word vesions, or *.wbk in the newer versions), so your chances for getting the document back are very small. I´m sorry, but I made this mistake myself and know the very painfull effects of it.

Good luck



Dave Greatrix  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:47
Dutch to English
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Search files Feb 14, 2003

Hi Kim,

Click on Start, then Search.

Now click on advanced options.

Select \"all files created\" or \"all files accessed\", select in the last \"3\" days. If you know the size, even better. Select type of file \"Microsoft Word\" Now Search.

Hope this helps, it has helped me in the past.

[ This Message was edited by:on2003-02-14 08:51]


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