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Windows 7: Lost files.. Please tell me I can find them

04 Jul 2011   #1
Jimma

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Lost files.. Please tell me I can find them

Hi Guys

i am really hoping that this isn't a complete lost cause and someone is going to be able to help me. I have used this forum a number of times to research issues I have had and always found the answer but this is my first post so at present I am optimistic.

I was using Illustrator CS5 with a number of documents open when I had to leave my office to deal with a screaming daughter. I was then a little distracted before I managed to get back to my laptop. To my horror my laptop had installed some updates and automatically restarted. And you guessed it my files were gone. I know I know I should have been periodically saving them as I worked on them and stupidly enough I had with one but not the others.

I quickly checked the recycling bin to see if a back copy was there as I had heard that this is sometimes the case. I did find one document that was modified at the correct time and date but with some random name. I tried restoring it to find out what it was and now have no idea where it has been restored to.

Where would it be? Could this be the document I am looking for? If not can I get them back?

Please tell me there is hope.

Thanks for your time.


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04 Jul 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

How to recover unsaved Photoshop work | Photoshop CS5

I think that method is basically unchanged in the newer versions.
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04 Jul 2011   #3
Jimma

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

An autosave would certainly have helped me avoid this situation which is clealry my own stupid fault but unfortunately not going to help me get the documents back.

So pissed with myself.
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04 Jul 2011   #4
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If I knew where it stored it's temp files we might have been able to track them using recuva but I don't have that information
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04 Jul 2011   #5
Jimma

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I am lost mate, I have been all over this F***ING laptop and can't find anything resmembling it. Tried searching with a number of different fliters and either get a ton of files of which nune seem to be anything helpful or I get nothing at all.
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04 Jul 2011   #6
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well have some patience it's possible someone has a fix for you and just hasn't seen the thread yet.
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04 Jul 2011   #7
Jimma

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Chhers buddy, fingers crossed.
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04 Jul 2011   #8
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Hey Jimma,

The following link may shed some light on your problem. Give it a read.
How to Recover Illustrator Files If My Computer Crashes | eHow.com

Hope this helps,
Jaidyn
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04 Jul 2011   #9
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i know its shutting the door once the horse has bolted but to avoid this happening again change your updates settings to download but ask .
start search / windows update/ change settings
good luck with your photoshop prob, i cant help with that im afraid.
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05 Jul 2011   #10
Imperfect1

 
 

It may be too late for this, but have you tried a System Restore to the most recent date just before the Updates were downloaded? If that doesn't work, have you tried uninstalling the Updates that caused the problem?
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