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Computer crashed and I need my files

My computer crashed last night and we had to recover it. But when we did, I lost all of my files. Is there any way that I can restore my files without having to pay an arm and leg for it?

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  • Jason May 11, 2010

    What kind of things did you lose? Was it just word docs or emails, etc?

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Not that I can think of but if you know someone with a copy of ERD commander they should be able to do it for you.

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Looking for word document I did not save


The power just went out while you working on an important document you forgot to save.

Do not panic because Microsoft Word comes equipped with a feature that automatically will recover files you did not save.


Typically, this feature works by default.

The program allows you to change how often Word saves your documents and you can adjust the location where Microsoft Word saves these "Auto Recover" files.


Open up Microsoft Word.

Do not click on a file to open the program.

Instead, open the program by double-clicking on the program's icon.


Allow the program to load for a couple of minutes before clicking on anything.


Look on the left side of the screen.

If Microsoft Word recovered the file, a "Document Recovery" task pane will load.


Find the file's date.

Double-click on the file in the "Document Recovery" pane.


This will open the file in Microsoft Word.


Click on the "File Menu" and select "Save As."


Save the document as a ".doc" file type, and type a name for your document in the "File Name" box.


or


Open Microsoft Word to determine if the program auto-recovered your document.

If your software is set to auto-save your document every couple of minutes, when the program is restarted, any document that was not saved prior to closing, may appear in the auto-recover window on the left side of the screen.


Click on your document, and the last-saved file will open.

However, anything you typed after the last auto-save is gone, but at least you haven't lost the entire document.


Search the auto-recover files manually if the auto-recover pane did not appear when you opened MS Word.


Click the Start menu at the bottom of your computer screen, and click "Search." Some operating systems have the search option as a part of the Start menu.


Search for "*.asd" to search for any recovered files.


If you find the file, open Word, and click "Open" in the menu.

Search through all files, and locate the file that ended in .asd. Click "Open" to view your file.


If you are using Word 2002 or 2003, you need to restart your computer after clicking "Open." Re-open Word after your computer re-boots to view the recovered file.


Check your backup files.

If you have the "Always create backup copy" option selected in Word, you may be able to find a backup copy of your document.


Find the location where you last saved the document.

Check for the extension .wbk.


If there aren't any, search your whole computer for files with that extension.

Open your file by clicking "Open" in Word, and search all files for the .wbk extension.

Once you locate the file, click "Open."


Look in the temporary files on your computer.

Complete a search for files that end in the extension .tmp by typing "*.tmp" into the search box.


Narrow the search down to specific dates of when you were working on the document.

If the file does not show up, try searching for the "~*.*" convention.


Some temporary files are in this format instead.

If your document is now in your temporary files, you will need to recover the damaged document.

Search for it within Word.


Click "Open and Repair" when you find it.






Hope this helps




Nov 06, 2012 | PC Desktops

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How to Recover Lost Data from Crashed Hard Drive?


The worst thing about crashing your computer is losing all your data. Pictures of years precious memories, importantdocuments in your business and current projects of weeks hard working---all arelost unless you have backed them up on a CD or memory stick. If that is it,it's heartbreaking!

There are still hopesfor retrieve your data. Taking the computer to arepair service is one solution. But it is so expensive (usually costs $1000 ormore), especially when recovering data.
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However, you can retrieve the lostdata from the crashed hard drive by yourself! Here is a step by step guidefor you to do so:

The first thing you should do
is toremove the crashed drive from the computer and install it as a secondary drivein another computer operating Windows Os. Make sure that it is detecting by thecomputer.After youhave set up the secondary drive, boot up Windows. Then you can copy and pasteyour files from the drive.

However, there are may be two trouble. One, you can'taccess the drive (means you can't open it); Two, your files are retrieved butyou can't open it!

Don't panic!Just download a data recovery program, and with a few simple clicks, you willbe able get your data back. Thereare some costly windows tools available for this. Here I recommend you two cheap ones:

>>Recuva
>>TenorshareData Recovery

Recuva is a free one. It doesn't work in very extreme casethough. It may turn out that your files are recovered but you can't open them. Ifthat's the problem there are more serious software solutions for this, like Tenorshare Data Recovery. It costs a bit but much more effective.

Next,
downloadTenorshare Data Recovery here. Be careful, do not install it to the drive that you are tryingto recover. Doing so could actually overwrite files that you want to restore.Install it on the primary drive that you are booting from.

Last,
when you use thistool, select 'Partition Recovery'. And within several clicks, you can retrieveall your data!

Besides,
if the hard drivecan't be recognized, you can try this trick. Put it in a sealed plastic bag toavoid condensation. Then put the drive in a freezer and leave it overnight.When you are ready, pull the drive out of the freezer and hook it up quickly.Act quickly because you may only have around 20 minutes to do this. I have seensome reports however, of this fixing the problem all together.

If it fails,
you will have to goto a recovery office (where offers recovery service) but let's hope not becauseit will cost you a lot of money and whether they can recover the data is notguaranteed.

Tips & Warnings:b>
  • The recovery tool mentioned above only supports for all almost Windows platforms such as Windows 98/2000/2003/NT, Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista. For Mac, you can google search to get one.
  • Find a friend who is good at computer to help you.
  • If your computer crashed because of a virus, copy the files to an external hard drive. Do not move directly to a new computer.
  • Hard drives are fragile. Be careful and do not drop it.
  • Run your antivirus software regularly.
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Howto Recover Deleted Photos, Videos from Nikon Digital Camera's SD Card?
http://www.progtalk.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=4580

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on May 25, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Have been lock to a highly secure file


Have you ever lost or forgot a password to a highly secure file,which is extremely important for you and let you in a big trouble.I think most computer users will have encountered,so did i.
luckily these days you are able to recover your lost passwords or remove password protection from Microsoft office fairly easily.All you will need to do is obtain a decent Password recovery software, like Office Password Recovery 5.0 and you will be able to access all your secure documents within minutes. The software offers a free download, so you can try it out for free and see if you can recover your lost passwords.

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on May 17, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Looking for word document I did not save


Open Microsoft Word if it's not already open.

This may automatically open a list of your recent unsaved files, which with any luck includes the one you're looking for.


If this happens, simply open this document from the list.


Click the blue "File" tab in Word, and then click "Info" on the left side of the screen.


Click the "Manage Versions" icon to bring up a list of options.


Click "Recover Unsaved Documents" from this list. This opens a list of your unsaved documents.


Select the document you're looking for in this list, and then click "Open."

This opens the document, which now has a yellow bar across the top.


Click the "Save As" button in the yellow bar.

Save your document with your desired name to your preferred location.


or


The power just went out while you working on an important document you forgot to save.

Do not panic because Microsoft Word comes equipped with a feature that automatically will recover files you did not save.


Typically, this feature works by default.

The program allows you to change how often Word saves your documents and you can adjust the location where Microsoft Word saves these "Auto Recover" files.


Open up Microsoft Word.

Do not click on a file to open the program.

Instead, open the program by double-clicking on the program's icon.


Allow the program to load for a couple of minutes before clicking on anything.


Look on the left side of the screen.

If Microsoft Word recovered the file, a "Document Recovery" task pane will load.


Find the file's date.

Double-click on the file in the "Document Recovery" pane.


This will open the file in Microsoft Word.


Click on the "File Menu" and select "Save As."


Save the document as a ".doc" file type, and type a name for your document in the "File Name" box.


or


Open Microsoft Word to determine if the program auto-recovered your document.

If your software is set to auto-save your document every couple of minutes, when the program is restarted, any document that was not saved prior to closing, may appear in the auto-recover window on the left side of the screen.


Click on your document, and the last-saved file will open.

However, anything you typed after the last auto-save is gone, but at least you haven't lost the entire document.


Search the auto-recover files manually if the auto-recover pane did not appear when you opened MS Word.


Click the Start menu at the bottom of your computer screen, and click "Search." Some operating systems have the search option as a part of the Start menu.


Search for "*.asd" to search for any recovered files.


If you find the file, open Word, and click "Open" in the menu.

Search through all files, and locate the file that ended in .asd. Click "Open" to view your file.


If you are using Word 2002 or 2003, you need to restart your computer after clicking "Open." Re-open Word after your computer re-boots to view the recovered file.


Check your backup files.

If you have the "Always create backup copy" option selected in Word, you may be able to find a backup copy of your document.


Find the location where you last saved the document.

Check for the extension .wbk.


If there aren't any, search your whole computer for files with that extension.

Open your file by clicking "Open" in Word, and search all files for the .wbk extension.

Once you locate the file, click "Open."


Look in the temporary files on your computer.

Complete a search for files that end in the extension .tmp by typing "*.tmp" into the search box.


Narrow the search down to specific dates of when you were working on the document.

If the file does not show up, try searching for the "~*.*" convention.


Some temporary files are in this format instead.

If your document is now in your temporary files, you will need to recover the damaged document.

Search for it within Word.


Click "Open and Repair" when you find it.






Hope this helps




Nov 06, 2012 | HP Pavilion Slimline s3600f Desktop PC

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How can I recover files after my computer crashed?


Hi i recommend you to try Recoverfix for windows data recovery software. By using this tool you can easily recover your crashed files. The software free demo is available you can download it from here: http://www.recoveryfix.com/recover-windows-data.html


Hope it will helps

Nov 02, 2012 | Compaq PC Desktops

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I have a Dell desktop that runs Windows Vista. When I try to get on the computer, it seems to load but when it gets to the black screen with the scrolling/ moving bar at the bottom. It doesn't leave...


first, recover your files. You will need to use something like this data recovery program.
http://www.asoftech.com/adr/

I've had to use it many times in the past but in this case you need to plug that drive into another system as an external drive or slave drive and run the software from there. It will rebuild the drive and hopefully recover the files.

After you get back your files, you can then format the drive and reinstall your system.

Jul 06, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Did a full recovery on windows xp home edition.


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Takes complete recovery for example:
1. Click the "Complete Recovery" button on the main window of the data recovery freeware.
2. Choose the partition that was formatted and click "NEXT" to start searching on this partition.
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Jul 28, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR1303wm PC Desktop

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Lost files due to pop up virus


If this virus really deletes the files its really hard to recover it. But if the virus just hide your files. You can still recover it. Just unhide all hide files then look for your files if it is still there. If you can make a copy do it. You can also do this way. Type the filename you need on the search bar and use look also for hidden files option.

If you can make a copy do it. Then test it on a different computer with a good known updated antivirus installed. If your needed files will be deleted by that antivirus, if not then that solves your problem. Your other files to be follow.

Hope this helps you.

For the pop up virus deal with it, try to use Avira free antivirus.

Also what is youre operating system? If this doesn't help you we can device another solution

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