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Autosave was on, but it tried to do a recovery, failed

Postby kpence21 » Sun May 03, 2020 2:05 am

**URGENT*** (nursing student. This was my study guide for an exam!!!*
Background info:
My laptop got stuck in sleep mode, so I had to do a hard reboot. I had autosave on my office writer that was saving my work ever 10 minutes ( 4.1.7 version) so I was good.

When I had turned my laptop on, and opened office writer back up, it popped up asking to do a recovery of the document... well when it did this, it only pulled up the beginning of the study guide (which was practically nothing). I have never done a recovery of any documents on this before and I don't even know how it started the recovery because I didn't hit okay I hit cancel.

Long story short, is there any way I can get my work back?!
I am now freaking out on the verge of tears because I have two exams to study for and I was so close to getting this first study guide done.

Much appreciated!
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Re: autosave was on, but it tried to do a recovery, failed.

Postby FJCC » Sun May 03, 2020 2:40 am

You can try the suggestions here but it is a long shot.
https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=85038
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Re: Autosave was on, but it tried to do a recovery, failed

Postby Hagar Delest » Sun May 03, 2020 10:19 am

And forget about the Autosave feature. Better hit Ctrl+S or click the save icon as much as possible. And sometimes make a hard copy.
There are extensions for that with timestamping.

Good luck.
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Re: Autosave was on, but it tried to do a recovery, failed

Postby John_Ha » Sun May 03, 2020 12:14 pm

kpence21 wrote:**URGENT*** (nursing student. This was my study guide for an exam!!!*
Background info:
My laptop got stuck in sleep mode, so I had to do a hard reboot. I had autosave on my office writer that was saving my work ever 10 minutes ( 4.1.7 version) so I was good.

Carefully follow the Tutorial and your chance of recovering it is high especially if it was a .odt file. It is less likely if it was a .doc file.

You must switch on Show hidden files!

1. As you had AutoRecovery (your AutoSave), assume you were editing fred.odt, look in C:\Users\xxxxxx\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\backup\ for fred.odt_0.odt. This is the file as it was when it was last saved by AutoRecovery. You could also look for deleted versions. " xxxxxx " here and below is your username on your PC.

2. The temporary files should still be there so look for them in C:\Users\xxxxxx\AppData\Local\Temp\

3. If the file is quite old Windows Restore Previous Versions might have a copy.
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Re: Autosave was on, but it tried to do a recovery, failed

Postby DanaB » Tue May 12, 2020 5:27 pm

Hi @JohnHa, that sounded promising, maybe you can save me, too: I found this post because I have a similar problem, although on a Macbook. Open Office crashed when I tried to open an old powerpoint presentation. On reopening OO it asked me if I wanted to recover my documents, and all of them worked out except of course the really important one I was working on at the moment (an odt)! Despite Autosave being on, it only recovered like 10 percent of what I had done today. I know, should've made an extra copy. Is there any chance I can find the rest? Thank you!
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