"Undeleting" a Notepad file


J

Jean

I just accidentally erased all the text in a Notepad
file - a year's worth - and saved it. Nothing left, of
course.

IS THERE ANY WAY TO RECOVER THIS TEXT?

The size of this file on disk is much larger than the
file size...does this mean it's still out there
somewhere? I haven't shut down my computer, and won't if
there's a way to get this back.

I'd be so grateful if anyone out there knows a way to do
this.

Jean
 
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|I just accidentally erased all the text in a Notepad
| file - a year's worth - and saved it. Nothing left, of
| course.
|
| IS THERE ANY WAY TO RECOVER THIS TEXT?
|
| The size of this file on disk is much larger than the
| file size...does this mean it's still out there
| somewhere? I haven't shut down my computer, and won't if
| there's a way to get this back.
|
| I'd be so grateful if anyone out there knows a way to do
| this.
|
| Jean
|
|
 
M

marty

re-load your backup file of this years worth of work...it probably is a
little out of date...but better some than nothing...you did make a backup
file(s) every so often, didn't you..
 
D

Duh

A years worth of work and you never backed it up? Hope this is a learning
experience for you.
 
P

Pop Rivet

Good thinking, not turning off the machine - that data's there and if you
can avoid a reboot you won't overwrite it.

Finding it though might be a problem since you sound like a newbie. If you
need to locate a program to find it, come back and let us know.

One thing you can try is the Undelete function in the Recycle Bin. Let it
look for all deleted files; there's a possibility it might find one of your
previous versions that's still viable.

Try a search of your hard drive for the filename without the extension and
see if that turns up anything. eg is the file was something.txt, do a
search for something and see what it finds.

You could also try doing a search for *.tmp and see if that turns up
anything.

Might be a lot of work, but worth a try.

Do NOT do any saves until you either find your file or give up looking for
it. Any save could overwrite it, especially if there aren't many old
version on the drive. With luck you'll have a large hard drive with lots of
space and will find it.

Pop
 
Z

zulu

*What* undelete function in the Recycle bin?
Where do I find it?
(Just for for future reference... :))
 
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B

Bradc

I believe, zulu, that the other poster was referring to
recycle bin protection and unerase features that some
bundled in Symantec's Norton SystemWorks or the like. I
don't think you'll find "undelete function" in default
WINXP unless of course you're talking about restoring a
deleted item that has =NOT= yet been emptied from the
recycle bin. :)
 
Z

zulu

I believe, zulu, that the other poster was referring to
recycle bin protection and unerase features that some
bundled in Symantec's Norton SystemWorks or the like. I
don't think you'll find "undelete function" in default
WINXP

All is now clear!
I thought I had missed something! :)

unless of course you're talking about restoring a
deleted item that has =NOT= yet been emptied from the
recycle bin. :)
 
M

marty

there is no such thing as "undelete" in the recycle bin...
your only chance is IF they are in the bin to highlight and use the RESTORE
feature...if the files are still in the recycle bin...other than
that...forget it,...
 
P

Pop Rivet

OOPS! BIG MISTAKE!!!! I sincerely apologize: I forgot, the deleted files
list I referred to is part of NORTON's added features to the Recycle Bin.
Stupid Mistake on my part!!

So sorry folks

Pop
 
P

Pop Rivet

Abolutely correct - my apologies for the oversight.


I believe, zulu, that the other poster was referring to
recycle bin protection and unerase features that some
bundled in Symantec's Norton SystemWorks or the like. I
don't think you'll find "undelete function" in default
WINXP unless of course you're talking about restoring a
deleted item that has =NOT= yet been emptied from the
recycle bin. :)
 
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