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How to Recover Unsaved, Deleted or Corrupted Documents?

Feb. 27, 2015 1:53 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery
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All of us will reach a general consensus: most of mishaps on our working when using computer occur because of carelessness and negligence. Even with the right MS Office etiquette in place, documents may be lost due to this or that reason. It's a bitter lesson that's taught to us while working on documents like Microsoft Word, Excel, or any other like PowerPoint. The lesson says: Save early and keep backups.

Here are guides to show you the detailes of document recovery, including excel recovery, and word recovery.

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Part I: Recover Unsaved Documents with MS Word AutoRecover

The notorious Windows system crash or your house power on the blink could cause you to lose your work before you can click on save.

To recover unsaved documents, you can utilize "AutoRecover" feature built in Microsft Office which is enabled by default. Here we take one tool of Microsoft Suite - Word for example:

Step 1:

After interruption, launch Microsoft Word. A prompt may present you with any unsaved data. Open these documents, you should find the latest file on which you previously work before the interruption. Save it into another document. If the prompt does not appear, go to step 2.

Step 2:

Go to "Tool"->"Options"->"File Location". Check if there is directory text next to "AutoRecover Files". This will be the location of any unsaved documents that were unexpected closed.

Part II: Recover Corrupted, Deleted Documents in Windows

Corrupted or deleted documents are always salvageable, even if there is no backup. Document Recovery, a safe, easy, effective document recovery application, can help you recover documents that were deleted, corrupted or lost from your computer's hard drive, USB, external hard drive, memory stick, memory card, and etc. If you are Mac users, please turn to Document Recovery for Mac, which also renders you a tool of recovering documents.

Step 1: Select the Recovery Way & Drive

(When you deleted your documents) RunDocument Recovery, select the types of files you are to restore and click on Next to proceed.

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Step 2: Select a location or hard disk drive to scan lost files

Now choose a location and press Scan to scan lost files. The location could be the Desktop, My Document or one of your hard disk drives.

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Step 3: Preview and Select the Documents

The program will scan and search all your deleted files which can be recovered. Look through the list and specify your documents you need to recover by ticking their names. And click "Recover".

Note: If you still can't find the files you want to recover, switch to deep scan by clicking Deep Scan button at the bottom. This scanning will completely find deleted, formatted, inaccessible or lost data.

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Step 3: Save the Recovered Documents

Select the location for your newly recovered files. You are suggested to choose the partition which is different from your deleted files located in before. Click "OK" to finish document Recovery.

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Part III. How to Recover Documents on Mac with Mac Document Recovery?

If you are using Mac computer, go to try Mac Document Recovery. The steps of how to recover documents on Mac can be concluded as: Select a recovery mode -> Select the drive where lost documents were -> Select "Document" and click "Scan" -> Select the document you need to retrieve ->Choose a location to save the recovered documents.

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