Earlier, my novel was perfectly fine and I was so far on it. I closed out of Microsoft Word because I left to get a drink, and when I returned I couldn't find my novel saved anywhere on my computer and Microsoft Word said that my work had been deleted.
I just wanted to know if this had happened to anyone else? I'm really upset about it, but I just wanted to know.
I used to use office 2007 for everything but now I'm into Google drive, I use docs, spreadsheet, calendar and gmail to replace word, excel and outlook. The best thing about google docs is that they are backed up automatically with every keystroke, I never have to worry about back ups with them.
I recently lost my Hard Drive, I had to reformat, then it crashed again and now I'm replacing cpu, motherboard and ram (hopefully that will fix it) but when I finally started using my back up laptop everything was still on google drive. No installing, nothing. It's great, you 5 gigs of online storage for free.
I don't actually write fiction yet but I still have dozens of documents, calendars appointments etc.
If you haven't written anything else to that drive yet, or at least not much of anything, an Undelete program might be able to get the file back even if it isn't in the Recycle Bin. Recuva's worked for me in the past.
Edit: Undelete programs work best when run in portable mode off of a partition or flashdrive your missing file was not on, since that lowers the risk the remnants of the file will get written over. Avoid sticking anything new on that particular drive letter if you want to try getting the file back.
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JoinedOctober 22, 2013
If all else fails, what I tried once is open word, force quit it, and it sort of 'tricks' it into thinking it crashed and when you open it up, the auto-save menu comes up with the last time it auto-saved. It worked the one time I needed it, and it may even work if you accidentally quit without saving. But I would only try it if all else fails.