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asked 2015-01-02 02:21:43 +0200

joni gravatar image

instead of pressing save, I deleted. this is URGENT! I can't even find it in my recycle bin. 12 hours of work GONE!

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This doesn't seem consistent. Where you are prompted to "press 'Save' " should be the 'File' menu or the 'Save As...' dialogue. In both cases you are not offered an option 'Delete'. If you chose a file from the list in the 'Save As...' dialogue there was the possibility to wrongly delete the file or to rename it but not the one under editing. Might inadvertent renaming have occurred? If your problem is actually urgent you should try to put it extremely clear. What were you doing? Step by step!

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2015-01-02 11:42:07 +0200 )edit

@joni, To add to Lupp's comments, please start by saying what operating system you are on, and what sort of document was it?

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2016-12-21 18:58:05 +0200 )edit

... and btw, if it's only 12 hours of work gone, then this is a small slap on the hand to you, so you can think about making backups in the future as you work. ...You can loose much more than this, weeks, months, and even years of work, and the horror stories are out there if you look around. So it's time to reevaluate your backup procedures I think.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2016-12-21 19:00:45 +0200 )edit

If the file was on the computer before the mistake, you'd be downloading TestDisk (assuming Window$, but TestDisk is available to Linux and Mac too IIRC) to other drive/partition than the one the file was on, then hopefully recover the file also to different disk/partition than where the file was. At this point it might be too late, but doesn't hurt to try and I'm leaving this here for the future.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2016-12-21 20:41:39 +0200 )edit

To recover your file use Disk Drill for Mac I found this software almost excellent. The software is available for demo download which allows you to preview the recoverable contents and you can check whether the file is recovered correctly or not by double clicking on it.

Robint gravatar imageRobint ( 2017-10-15 17:44:40 +0200 )edit

What kind of file is it? There are different approach for every type of file. If you don’t want to do different steps, you can use a recovery tool like Acethinker Disk Recovery. It’s a simple tool to use and very fast to recover files. Maybe this can help you if your problem has not been fixed yet.

JOAN gravatar imageJOAN ( 2018-09-18 06:18:50 +0200 )edit

This thread is about 3.75 years old now, and -though asked for additional information- the OQ ( @joni ) never came back to it. (There were 4 answers and some comments.)
Considering the circumstances I would suspect a post by a new user recommending commercial software to be spam.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2018-09-18 12:41:58 +0200 )edit

Data loss can happen with anyone at any time. As is known to all, you can restore the deleted data from Recycle Bin. But if unfortunately you have emptied Recycle Bin, the system doesn't offer the restore function itself to help recover lost files no matter from hard drive or external hard drive.

In fact, When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents won't be destroyed immediately. But its file directory disappears and the data hides from your eye then. What's more, its space will be marked as free for use. At this moment, you can recover it and get back the file back easily. But if you continue to use the device, the lost data may be overwritten by some new data and you may lose them permanently.

Hence, if your data have been accidentally deleted, don't be panic. I recommend you a ...(more)

EasonLi gravatar imageEasonLi ( 2018-12-12 07:48:19 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-01-02 03:37:07 +0200

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There is a small chance that there is still a back-up file existing. However, this depends on your settings in Options.

You find information of the location of the back-up folder under Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Paths (Mac: LibreOffice > Preference > ...)

Have a look into this back-up folder. With a little bit of luck you might find a still existing copy.

Please let me add a personal note, which can help you in the future:


Very often I see questions on how to recover lost files. 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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answered 2015-01-02 03:05:58 +0200

John99 gravatar image

updated 2015-01-02 03:11:21 +0200

This does not sound good. I am not sure there is too much you can do other than learn form the experience.

If you have actually deleted it then act as quickly as possible and try not to use the computer until you attempt a recovery with some sort of suitable utility. Do a web search for suitable software. (One I have heard of success with is recuva )

I am not sure what exactly you did LibO Writer file menu does not include a delete option. Windows deletions unless you explicitly use a delete option often go to the Recycle bin.

( I have made the presumption you are using Windows - Mac s & Unix often have Trash icons not Recycle icons ) It is also worth searching the computer for the document in case you mis named it or put it in the wrong location.
If you need tips on how to search look at this and the advanced tips

A different subject, but maybe you should review your backup procedures. I guess you do not have any regular backup policy for your documents. If you knew it was going to be 12 hours work you could have used LibO file -> save copy option to make a backup every 1/2 hour or so. Another method would have been to set LibO to always make bacup copies, Tools -> Options -> Load/Save -> General [] Always create backup copy

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answered 2015-07-23 11:13:23 +0200

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Recover deleted data with iFoneMate if your document are losing from iOS devices.

It offers three recovery modes: Recover from iOS devices, Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud Backup. Supported all iOS devices & supported up to 12 types of data like contacts, photos and so on.

Here are steps to recover lost documents. step one: connect your iOS devices to your computer Step two: scan your iOS devices to find lost documents Step three: preview and recover lost documentds

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answered 2016-12-21 08:35:26 +0200

updated 2016-12-21 11:24:26 +0200

Lupp gravatar image

(Editing: Please note: This is not about the original question. I would suspect this answer to intend advertising. It is, however badly - or not at all - adapted to the specific question. As a LibO user you might better not waste time with looking for MS-Office backup folders. @Lupp)


Take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be ok. Open Finder.

Mouse up to the main menu bar and select Go.

Hold down Option on your keyboard and select Library from the drop-down menu when it appears. In the finder window, browse to Library > Containers > > Data > Library > Preferences > AutoRecovery

Select the file you’re looking to recover and rename with a .ppt extension. Move the file to the desktop, or another handy location.

Reopen, and pick up where you left off.


Take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be ok.

Click Start, mouse over to Search, and then click ‘For Files or Folders’.

In the Search Results dialog box, type ‘ppt*.tmp’ under Search for files or folder named, and then click Search Now. You’re looking for a file named something like ppt####.tmp.

Select the file you’re looking to recover and rename with a .ppt extension. Move the file to the desktop, or another handy location.

Reopen, and pick up where you left off.

Another alternative method for Windows users is to use the built-in Office 2010 recover functionality:

Open PowerPoint and go to File > Information > Manage versions > Recover Unsaved Documents.

Maybe you can try uFlysoft Data Recovery for Mac, it can recover LOST DATA on Mac only in three steps: Step 1. Launch the software to scan the device where your files deleted Step 2: Preview the scan result files and make mark if it is the one you find Step 3: Recover files

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