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Solved Document Recovery From 7-Zip-Archived Word-File

Teekay56

New Member
Hi,

I was working on a document that was located in a zip archive. I have 7-zip installed on my computer. I’m running Windows 8. I repeatedly saved the file in Word while I was working on it. However, I’ve since rebooted the computer and my file is missing. All of the “saves” I’ve made didn’t seem to update the file in the archive. I understand that I should have extracted the file first before working on it; however, I received no prompt from Word 2013 that my saves were not being recorded. Perhaps the file was saved into some sort of temporary folder/file that 7-zip creates/works from.

Are my changes lost permanently? Does there exist a temporary file somewhere with my changes in it?

Thank you. This is a court document and I made substantial modifications to it, and I really need it back.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8

davehc

New Member
Pro User
It may be in the drafts folder. This will, by default vary according to which Word version.
But, across the versions, open the Options in Word and find the save option. In the window which opens, it will list your various save locations for the variety of Word you are using.
Alternatively, if you know the name of the file, how about a search?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Use several different computers during a day, so specs are irrelevant.

Teekay56

New Member
Success! I ran Active@ File Recovery (an undelete program) and scanned for the document name. Interestingly, the document name matched the original document name in the archive, and wasn't some random file name like "SHF75J.tmp". I recovered the file to a flash drive. I'm very happy now.

I didn't find anything in the drafts folder, or in any other folder I could think of checking or which was listed in the options menu under the "save" submenu—but thanks for your reply nonetheless.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8

ALICK

New Member
I was working on a document that was located in a zip archive too and i cant see the changes to the original document even after saving it repeatedly. What should i do to recover the changes. Its the work that i have done the whole day yesterday. Please help.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hp Envy
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 7th Gen-7200U
    Memory
    12 gbb
    Graphics Card(s)
    TB Graphics 620 Win 10 15.6 Inch FHD HP 15m-bp112
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    Microsoft edge
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    Smadv
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