Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recover Deleted Unsaved *.asd Files (MS Office Recovery Files)

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Every ten minutes, by default, while working with MS Office 2007 or 2010, the said program saves a recovery file in with an extension of .asd, for the user to recover a document being created if the user fails to save the file and a power failure or an interruption occurs.

When a user opens an instance of MS Office, a panel at the left side of the application appears listing all the recovered documents.

Recovered Files

After you close MS Office, however, a prompt will appear asking you to retain or remove the recovery files that the application has saved.

Recovery Files Prompt

And if, by chance, you managed to remove the files, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, YOU ARE DOOMED.

HOWEVER, THERE IS A QUICK FIX FOR THIS:

To recover the files, provided that is has not yet been removed from the recycle bin (that is, the recycle bin has not been emptied yet):

1. OPEN the Recycle Bin and look for files that ends in .asd.

Recycle Bin...

2.CUT OR COPY those files in the default folder for the unsaved office files (i.e.  D:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles; that is if the drive for which the Operating System and the Office are installed in question is the Drive D).

3. RECOVER the files by opening a word instance and hitting the FILE>INFO>MANAGE VERSIONS.

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4. Under MANAGE VERSIONS, click RECOVER UNSAVED DOCUMENTS.

Recover

5. SELECT the file you wish to recover and hit OPEN.

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6. Voila! Your document is recovered.
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