I had an MS Word 2007 file on my system. I had it opened for a couple days, and during this time, Windows decided to FORCE a
restart of my system (beautiful idea to default to this behavior, btw), and while doing so completely lost (how?) my saved
copy of the aforementioned file.
This file is quite important to me, and I have tried to recover it by many different means thus far, to no avail.
1) Use of at least six different "data recovery" applications. No luck.
2) Followed instructions of every single "recover lost word files" URL on the internet. No luck.
3) Searched raw disk data for recognizable text. No luck.
4) Repaired target HDD via CHKDSK in hopes of recovery of lost data and/or file handles. No luck.
5) Etc., etc., etc.
Here is some miscellaneous info:
a) The temporary hidden file MS Word creates upon opening a document (prefixed with "~$") remains. This is proof that this
file was in fact saved before the disastrous decision by MS to reboot my system without my consent. However, this file
merely contains user data.
b) I had previously modified and saved the text of this file several times over several days, as well as copy/pasted it a few
times just previous to the loss of data. The hard drive where it resided was 500GB in size. The text (or at least segments
of it) is likely to still exist somewhere on this disk. During my fruitless searches for lost files using 3rd party
applications, I encountered nearly everything I've ever written on that drive in the past two years, and in particular a
group of items that I wrote at around the same time. This is another reason to suspect that significant amounts of the lost
data I'm looking for are likely to be on the disk somewhere.
c) Given that none of the 3rd party apps could find any part of the file in question, and in light of whatever EXACTLY
occurred during the forced restart that would result in a saved file being dropped simply because it was open at the time of
shutdown, it might be safe to say that I will not find it via any search (no matter how exhaustive) that relies upon the file
system itself. However, given that MS Word encodes and encrypts documents by default it is not a simple matter to find the
data via a scan of the drive for raw data (what do you search for?).
*** SO, IN SUMMARY ***
I am somewhat confident that at least some of the missing data is in fact on this disk. Given the facts above, I am at an
impasse as to how I might retrieve any of it. Any advanced advice or suggestionsto help resolve this episode (and/or explain
exactly what likely occurred) would be greatly appreciated!
NOTE: please do not ask irrelevant questions - e.g., "why was the file not backed up?"