Lost info on external drive

Tags:
External hard drives
Hard drives
Microsoft Word
Windows XP
I was using a sandisk 80G external drive. I was working on a word document saved on it. I saved many times while working on the document. When I tried to close it, I was prompted as asked if I wished to save the document before closing. I clicked on yes and the prompt went away but the document would not close. I was not able to close the document with the stick in and I eventually removed the stick. The document still would not close. I eventually kept trying and it eventually closed. Before closing and removing the stick, I saved the file to the desktop. Now, i can't open the desktop. It shows on the icon that there is 27 KB of information. When I click on it, the document attempts to open in word, but then an error message comes up that says "The document name or path is not valid. Try these suggestions. 1. Check the file permissions for the document or drive. 2. Use the file open dialog box to locate the document. No document is there when I to to file and open. Is the document somewhere on my computer or the stick? Is there a recovery program out there? Please help.

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

Sounds like you have a shortcut to the document on the desktop, not the document itself. Did you try putting the external drive back in and opening it again?

File recovery can be tricky some times. There are several options one can use like recuva or PC Tools for windows. You can get some other freeware and or open source downloads at sourceforge..net. Also check out <a href=”http://analysisandreview.com/troubleshooting/how-to-recover-files-on-your-pc-or-mac/”>file recovery options</a> at Analysis and Review dot com

—————–

Based from your stated problem, you might not have saved your word document before you unsafely remove your external hard disk drive. Unfortunately, there is no option to recover your unsaved document. The best thing you can do is to create a new document again and carefully and surely save your documents in both desktop and external hard disk drive.

Discuss This Question: 1  Reply

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • Kevin Beaver
    You may be able to recovery the text in the document if you load what's there in Notepad: right-click, select Open With, and select Notepad. Otherwise, try Davory...It's gotten me out of a bind several times.
    16,955 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following