Computer geek stuff....restoring a lost file

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Rusty Hills Farm, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    Hokay. For days now I have been working on an image. It started out black on white and I, using MGI PHoto Suite, have been changing it to blue on black. I FINALLY, after almost 20 hours of work, got exactly what I wanted. I saved the image and instead of saving it, the program crashed. Now the original file is corrupted. The computer says it contains no data. I tried going back a day and doing a system restore, but the file still has no data. Is there any way to find the missing data, or am I just out of luck and need to start all over?

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  2. littleridgefarmer

    littleridgefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    If you went back a day and restored and still has no data then you are most likely out of luck. Each time you make a change if you have it set to take a backup you should be able to pull up the filename.*.bak

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  3. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    Unfortunately I don't have it set to make automatic backups. Thanks, though.

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  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Did you, by chance, search your drives for ALL image files (were you working with jpg's bmp's tiff's?) using windows explorer? Some image software will cache intermediates automatically don't know the specific software you're using.
    For example, search for: *.*jpg on all drives and sort results by date (there might be some copies stashed, though this is just a last gasp sort of try).

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  5. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

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    Try your temp file. You might get lucky. Make sure you are set to view hidden files and folders, or you'll never find it. It will be one of the italicized one, and usually the first few letters of the file name and then a bunch of numbers and letters.
     
  6. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    if all that fails try an undelete program. PM me if you need to go to this route and I can email the program and how to for it.
     
  7. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    Check the temp directories as mentioned above, and check the recycle bin for deleted temporary copies.

    If all else fails, look on the web for undelete utilities. There are quite a few out there. I've not used any of late, so I can't make a recommendation. One of my co-workers used one from DiskInternals a while back.
     
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Forgot: Check your documentation. MGI PHoto Suite might save working files with a specific file extension (like Photoshop's saving work as PSD's).
     
  9. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    FOUND IT! It was a backup with a different file extension and not the completely reworked file, but it's close enough that I won't have to spend hours on it!

    Thank you all.


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