How can I recover my file?

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How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:30 am

I have a Mac , I was writing a paper that suddenly my laptop battery died, later when I turned my computer on, the recovery came up, but the version it recovered is a very elementary one :( , what should I do to recover the last version?


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Re: HELPPPPPPP

Postby squenson » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:30 am

If OOo didn't offer you to recover the file, then I guess the only way to recover the last version is to retype it...
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:52 am

Check the backup folder of the profile (see [Tutorial] The OOo user profile). Else, if in the system temporary folder there are folders like sdftmg.tmp with a file with the same name inside, make a copy and rename it as .odt.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:13 pm

When I go to /Users/<user name>/Library/Application Support/OpenOffice.org/3/user there are 3 versions of my file when I click on them, It asks me what charachter set to us, whatever I choose the file is empty , it also happens when I open all other ooo files that are not related to the file and are in tat folder,they open as empty with whatever charachter set I choose
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:22 pm

I dont seem to have a system temporary folder where is that?
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:08 pm

The temp folder path is listed in Tools>Preferences>OOo>Paths.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:27 pm

When I go to /Users/<user name>/Library/Application Support/OpenOffice.org/3/user there are 3 versions of my file when I click on them, It asks me what charachter set to us, whatever I choose the file is empty , it also happens when I open all other ooo files that are not related to the file and are in tat folder,they open as empty with whatever charachter set I choose.
And I do not have the temp folder on my mac
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby MrProgrammer » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:36 pm

You can access the preferences/options with the standard Mac keyboard shortcut "⌘," or with menu OpenOffice.org, Preferences. Then see OpenOffice.org, Paths. My recommendation is not to open/rename anything in the Backups or Temporary files folders directly, but first use Finder to make a copy (Option+Drag, say to the Desktop) and open/rename that.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:49 pm

I found my temp and everything , can you please again say what I should do? I tried whatever in previous replies were suggested but still can't get the last version open
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby squenson » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:51 pm

The last version is probably lost. The temp file you have found is the last version that you computer remembers.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:33 pm

It is lost is not a proper answer!!! well the temp file has many files in it like: svbbp.tmp and so on. In my backup folder I have three versions of my file but when I want to open them it asks which character set to use... and opens all empty even for other ooo files that have no problem
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:20 pm

You may need to rename the tmp files to .odt before trying to open them. Squenson didn't say "it is lost"; he said "it is _probably_ lost".
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:26 pm

when I changed .tmp to .odt, again like when I want to open files from backup it asks for which character set? which on should I choose?
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:27 pm

niloo wrote:when I changed .tmp to .odt, again like when I want to open files from backup it asks for which character set? which on should I choose?

Forget it. Your file is lost; start rewriting.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:29 pm

Why forget it? because you don't know the answer?
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby hol.sten » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:46 pm

niloo wrote:Why forget it? because you don't know the answer?

Because the file is gone for good. At least the content you once wrote, so there is no other answer. If you're beyond the point of recovering it, you have to start to write it again.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby squenson » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:49 pm

When OOo asks for a character set, it's usually because the file only contains the # sign. That's unfortunate but yes, your last version of the file is probably lost. There is nothing you, me, the other participants in this forum can do. This is a nasty bug in OOo that strikes from time to time, fortunately very rarely and which has not yet been found. The best workaround is to save your work often and make regular backup copies with a time stamp added in the name of the file.
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby niloo » Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:01 pm

I saved it many times though, I started rewriting it. Thanks to everyone for trying to help though
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Re: How can I recover my file?

Postby sweetemo22jd » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:03 am

To recover files that you have deleted on your Mac, use Backup and backup your files to a hard drive, an iDisk, or a DVD/CD. Choose a backup plan in the Backup window, select the files you want to restore, and click Restore. You can also use FileSalvage and Data Backup 3. They will allow you to easily back up, restore, and synchronize data.
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