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This article was written on 07 Sep 2006, and is filled under Business, Software.

Advanced (sort-of) Microsoft Word .doc Recovery

So this is my second post regarding file recovery in like 2 weeks. Truth be told, my recently purchased laptop is a piece of trash. I bought my first acer at the recommendation of a tigerdirect employee. Maybe its not the brand and I just got a lemon machine but anyway, that’s a story for another post.

Bottom line, Word decided to crash, and then take with it the latest chapter of my upcoming book for Wiley publishing, Web Analytics for Dummies. When I say ‘take it’, I mean it completely deleted the file from my hard drive. Like gone gone- not even just recycle bin gone.

So thats like several hours of my life I wont get back- unless of course Microsoft Word, which, unlike other programs, does have autosaves and all those other nifty recovery functions, can help me. Long story short, Word hates me and wont give me anything. Again, this computer is screwed up. I’ve used word alot and never had a problem that couldn’t be solved with the autosaves, but here I am. No traces of the file on my harddrive (yes, I did a search) and so I’m not sure what to do.

After my run in with Photoshop last week however, I’m feeling confident. I try to think for a minute and recall the DOS days. If you were not born in the 80′s you probably do too. And if you do, you probably remember a little command called undelete. That was cool. Surely, that type of functionality must still exist.

After a few unsuccessful ‘word’ related searches, I decide to try the phrase recover deleted files. I skip passed the commercial looking stuff and click on the third result titled simply enough Recovering Deleted Files.

Whoever wrote this page seems to think quite highly of a small piece of software called simply Restoration. A freeware product by some guy named Brian Kato.

Restoration screen cap

So I try it out. No install so thats cool and the interface is pretty straightforward. Select a drive, enter a search term for all or part of the file, and click Search Deleted Files (see screenshot)

I enter a partial value from the file name and get like 7 results. One .doc file and a few .asd files which are apprently those AutoRecovery saves I mentioned earlier (thank you Microsoft).

So I save what looks to be the most recent file, go to Word and open it (BTW, I needed to switch the ‘Files of Type’ drop down to ‘All Files (*.*)’ so I could see the .asd file) and there I have it. A pretty darn close to where I had it last version of Chapter 11 for my book. Life is good. Brian Kato is currently in my top 10 list of favorite people.

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