Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

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Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby sambamor » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:24 am

When I try to open my document I get the ASCII Filter Options then I click ok, and when I opened it in a read copy only I got a bunch of ######. Is there way I can recover the document?
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Re: Help!!! Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby squenson » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:35 am

Try to find a document with a similar name but a different extension on your computer, there may be a backup somewhere. Usually, this type of event has dramatic consequences and so many people have completely lost their documents.
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Re: Help!!! Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:24 am

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Sadly, you're not alone, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.

Check also the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .odt and cross your fingers.

NB: it seems that 3.3 is much less impacted.
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Re: Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby sambamor » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:48 pm

First, thank you for trying to help me, really very kind of you. Second, I gathered that I am practically hopeless from other "computer geeks" I showed the document, and even if followed your advices, there's no file in my temporary folders, nor anywhere on my computer with the same name; Hagar, seen that you replied to somebody with the same problem to email you the file...can I also do that as last resort? After yet another negative examination, I'd lose hope definitively and redo the essay from scratch.

Please let me know, thanks again.
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Re: Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:06 pm

You can try to send it (hagar.delest<at>laposte.net) but I fear that the file is definitively lost.
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Re: Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

Postby DACM » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:31 pm

sambamor wrote:...redo the essay from scratch.

Please consider a Dropbox or SugarSync folder for OOo/LibO documents since these automated cloud backup services are free and include back-versions of your documents in case of file corruption.
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Re: Power failure and lost my essay for Uni

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