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asked 2014-12-05 15:47:15 +0200

caien gravatar image

updated 2016-03-06 22:26:05 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Hi, I was working on a text documents for several hours on Monday, I then opened it again on tuesday (probably through the recent documents menu) but did not add to or edit it (that I can remember). It's now just gone from my computer, I've tried all sorts of searches and gone into the temp files. The auto-recovery option was on, but the computer did not crash or anything. The doc from Monday was obviously saved since I accessed it no problem the next day. Please help I really need the document!

I have Libre Office 4.1.1.2, Windows 8.1.

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Did you look into %APPDATA%\LibreOffice\4\user\backup?

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2014-12-05 16:07:33 +0200 )edit

Thanks, no dice though :(

caien gravatar imagecaien ( 2014-12-07 17:33:06 +0200 )edit

Sorry! Cannot actaully think of a solution. Who might have renamed the file wrongly? Are there many files under that date? Good luck!

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2014-12-07 17:47:16 +0200 )edit

That's the weird part, there are no files listed as modified for Monday, and only one for tuesday, a completely different project!

caien gravatar imagecaien ( 2014-12-07 19:58:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-12-06 03:21:10 +0200

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Beside the excellent advice by @Lupp you can also look into File > Recent document or have a look into the Recent items of your Windows OS.

If you did not delete the file it will be on your computer.

Le me a general comment on securing documents. Better than attempting to recover lost data is prepare against the loss of data. To avoid a loss of a file these are 3 recommendations:

1 - Check the following LibO options: Tools > options > Load/Save > General
---- Save Autorecovery every x mins (the shorter the value the small a possible loss; I use 3 min)
---- Automatically save document too ( I don't use this, because I regard the autorecovery function as excellent.)
---- Always create a backup copy (download and read the free of charge LibO guide to understand how this works)

2 - When I work more than a day on a file, I create additional daily back ups. I use the format "filename_yymmdd.ext" and I keep at least 1 previous version. In case the file is extremely important and I work long hours non-stop, I add the actual time behind the date.

3 - Backup the HDD of your computer to an external HDD. External HDD in the range of 2-4 TB cost mostly less than 100 EUR. (I do this almost daily and even backup external HDD onto another one.

When it comes to this topic this expression comes to my mind: "Fail to prepare is prepare to fail!"

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It says in the question that I used recent documents, and that autorecovery was already on.

caien gravatar imagecaien ( 2014-12-07 17:32:49 +0200 )edit

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