Can we recover a saved-over Word file?
September 3, 2006 12:48 PM Subscribe
My parents' neighbor accidentally saved a blank file over the book she's writing in Microsoft Word 2003. The last backup she has is from April. Is there any
way to recover a more recent version, or at least pieces of it?
posted by jacobm to computers & internet (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My parents' not-at-all-tech-savvy neighbor has been working on a book about her life as a civil-rights reporter for many years, and she's close to finishing. Today, as she was working on finishing touches, (what follows is my reconstruction) she accidentally hit 'select all' and typed a character, erasing the whole document, and then somehow managed to save and close the document. My parents came over to try and help, but they're not too tech savvy either and I'm not sure whether they've done any good; they did discover though that Word wasn't set to save backups. (D'oh!)
This is a really really important document to my neighbor, and the most recent full version she's got is many months old and she's made a lot of changes since then. Is there anything we can do to get the old file back, or any of the text from the old file?
(I should note that I live a thousand miles away from them, so I can't go over there and do anything myself, so anything that needs to be done is going to have to be done by my parents.)