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Help Retrieving a MS Word File

I was putting the finishing touches on a reaction paper for a class last night using my laptop. My system is Windows7 and I was using MS Word from my MS Office Suite.

I just completed week two's writing assignment and I was putting on the finishing format touches before I submitted it for grading. I needed to add a header and reference list so I opened up week one's reaction paper in order to cut and paste the data into my new assignment. I toggled between both files and ultimately hit the blue disc to save my work (both products). I proofed and tweaked week two's assignment until I was pleased. I then closed the file and opened my Outlook in an attempt to forward the just finished week two assignment to my Sister for her review prior to submission. When I hit attach file, I went to the folder where I thought I saved week two's assignment and I found the original draft (551 words approx.) and nowhere could I find the finished paper (998 words with the header and reference page) I just worked a few hours on.
No I wasn't dreaming; I actually did the work. I then searched MS Word search for recent documents and found my draft, but again, what I just worked on was nowhere to be found. Next I tried searching "unsaved files," and also came up empty. I went further and typed the header into the search for field and that returned nothing either.

I can attempt to recreate last night's paper, but I'll not match my exact thoughts and verbiage of last night. But most of all, I really don't want to spend a few hours crafting and hand-jamming it into my laptop all over.
Does anyone have an idea of what I could do next? Thanks in advance.

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Re: What to do next?

Start working at recreating the paper. That's the only option.

Kees

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This is how most folk learn about backup copies.

Here I copy works in progress to my dropbox, memory stick so that I have 2 backup copies in case I or the computer messes up.

Your story is usually the tipping point where a person learns to not trust the machines.
Bob

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(NT) And Did You Search The Whole Computer For *.doc or *.docx?

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