Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Office Autosave Locations

I always thought that the autosave for an Office file was created in the same location as the file. It turns out that this was because I almost always work with Office files on network drives.

When a new file is started a temporary file is created. This can be either in the windows temp directory, in "C:\ Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft". If the file is stored on a network drive then it will be temporarily created there.

This temporary file will have a few different letters after the tilde (or squiggly line “ ~”) . These are good ones to look for to find some lost info. There are others, but these are the ones most likely to contain data that can be recovered.

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