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Old 08-17-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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A few days ago, my dad told me to delete files from C:\Documents and Settings\<myusername>\Local Settings\Temp folder, because it was taking up too much room. I did what he said because he generally has more computer knowledge than I do.

When I logged back onto my account the next day, I noticed that three files were missing from my desktop. I used Search but I couldn't find them anywhere. I thought I might have deleted them by accident along with the files from the Temp folder, so I went to the recycling bin, but it turned out my dad had emptied it after I deleted all the Temp files.

Two of the files (a WinZIP file and a folder), I don't need, so I didn't mind, but the third (a Word document) was important, and I want to know if there's any way to get it back? If the file was important, it was a stupid idea to put it on the Desktop, I'm sure, especially since I didn't make any extra copies of it.

I used Restoration and looked for it among all the deleted files, but it wasn't there. I tried to restore as many files from the Temp folder as I could, but I'm not sure how many I can bring back.

The problem might be something else entirely, but I can't think of anything else I've done that could erase those files, and I also noticed that they went missing only after I cleared out most of the Temp folder.

Any help would be really, really appreciated.
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If System Restore did not bring back the file then it is gone for ever. Files that are d/l to the temp folders will be removed by some type of program or manually eventually, or should be. Those folders or places are a breeding place for bad files. Removing/deleting them is a good thing to do regularly. But remember not to place d/l files in this folder for future reference
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pc inspector can recover deleted files. it's quite easy to use and i've used it with success in the past.
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Search the whole drive for any Word autosaves or backups. The file you're looking for might be hidden somewhere (unlikely but worth a try). Also, you might be able to recover the file using GetDataBack or PC Inspector File Recovery
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I've looked for backup files. I found a temporary document with a name similar to the document I lost, but it only contained a bunch of weird symbols. A friend helped me decode it and said it wasn't relevant, just contained the address of that file or something.

I also found a lot of Dc[some number].doc files, but they're all really small, usually 1 MB, and contain the weird symbols too.

How do you search for Word autosaves?
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MS Word autosaves have the .svd extension, but you need to have had the feature enabled in Word for them to be saved.

Try one of the file recovery programs.
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