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My computer went bluescreen while I had my fic open on Wordpad. When I opened the file again after restarting the computer, THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT IS BLANK. Like, the scrollbar is exactly the same size and the last modified time stamp is correct, but THERE ARE NO WORDS. WHERE ARE THE WORDS. WHERE ARE THE 25,000 WORDS I FUCKING WROTE ON THIS FUCKING DOCUMENT.

oh my god

oh my god i know wordpad doesn't have some fancy recovery feature but it's not supposed to screw up the OLD STUFF I SAVED

oh god oh god oh god


I'm already late for school, I don't have time to deal with this shit!!!!!!!!!!!! DHLKADJASD:LARUHFDSFJds dsjglkasutiora fsdjafjsaf;sa

Date: 2011-06-07 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

System restore?!!?! Maybe! I haven't used Windows in ages!! D:

Date: 2011-06-08 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
System Restore doesn't recover personal files, it only formats program settings -- BUT LOL I TRIED IT ANYWAY and it didn't work .____.

Thank you for the suggestion though! T___T

Date: 2011-06-07 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG! Disaster!
..what he file size now? is it 0kb?

Date: 2011-06-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
try this:

try to right click at the file and choose restore previous version, but I don't know if that really can save your previous work..

I think the file most likely gone, but try to check temp folder, there's chance even if it's just a little...

Date: 2011-06-08 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think I have this kind of functionality with .rtf documents (Wordpad)... Wordpad apparently doesn't save temp folders because it is a really really basic program. I am suddenly learning so much about this stupid program now that I'm googling the hell out of the keywords "Wordpad recovery file save temp." The consensus seems to be You're outta luck, the file's gone bro. D: D: D: D: D:

This was a really great link though, so thank you for trying! Sad it didn't work ;A;

Date: 2011-06-08 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, the file size is still huge, 179KB. If I copy and paste the entire document into Microsoft Word, I still get the same number of pages as I was supposed to have, expect it's just white space. fjdasflda;sjf fdajkf;a my life!!!!!

Date: 2011-06-08 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it still has the same size, the text should still be in there.. maybe the color font change into white?

Date: 2011-06-09 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No such luck! It was the first thing I checked out. :(

Date: 2011-06-07 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

And to that end, WHY ARE YOU USING WORDPAD?!

Date: 2011-06-08 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1) I don't like having red/green spellcheck lines everywhere in my document.
2) I don't like how "neat" and "professional" things look on Word because I like my drafts to look simple and draft-like.
3) It takes like 10 seconds longer for Word to load than Wordpad.
4) Word uses Calibri font by default; Wordpad uses Arial. Arial >>> everything else.
5) I just like Wordpad, it has like zero features and I enjoy that.
6) I am a colossal idiot.

Date: 2011-06-08 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. You can turn that off.
2. I don't get you. :P
3. Suck it up.
4. You can change that too.
5. Then use Notepad!

Date: 2011-06-09 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is all well and good but it doesn't help me retrieve the document! T___T

Date: 2011-06-07 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2011-06-08 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2011-06-07 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:( If the scrollbar is still the same size, maybe there's hope? Any computer-savvy friends you can ask about this? Try Select All if you can and copying it into a new document file, like MS Word or Notepad. Or a system restore? I wish you the best!

Date: 2011-06-08 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah I feel like there must be something saved there, since the document size hasn't changed. Just... all the words are gone. I did ask my friend and she said she looked at the hexfile or something ([ profile] harioto SORRY I have no idea what you were talking about although I really appreciated your help!!!) and there were just "null" characters which I took to mean that the file was blanked out. I did all of your suggestions; no luck! AUGHHHH.

Thanks for all your help though! ;____;

Date: 2011-06-07 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Uhm, fuck? I do not even know where to begin. I think that word covers everything about what happened. Hope you get it back through some sort of miracle!

Date: 2011-06-08 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omfg I am really terrified to talk to you right now because I don't know what to say to you other than I'm really, really sorry, but so far I haven't been able to recover the file. D: D: D: I'll keep you updated? T_______T wants to slit wrists ogod

Date: 2011-06-08 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no. I feel more sorry for you than anyone else. I rly hope you can recover it. What's the current file size. As long as it's not 0 I think it's "recoverable." Have you tried copying the file in a flashdrive and opening it in a diff computer?

I don't even know what I'd 25,000 of my words. I'm sorry. :(

Date: 2011-06-09 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't tried that, but I did send the file to my friend and she got the same thing. :( Good suggestion though?

T______T Thanks, I'm sorry too.

Date: 2011-06-08 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh btw. Can you try emailing the file to My friend's a nit of a techy person so he might be able to play around w/ it. Just lemme know when you've sent it coz I'm not sure how often he checks that email account these days.

Date: 2011-06-09 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, sure! I don't have much hope of recovering it at this point but I'm game for whatever. What should I write in the email? Does he know about my situation or should I explain everything?

Date: 2011-06-09 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can send a blank message. Or say "Aret sent me here. Please recover" or sth lame like that. Hahahaha!

Date: 2011-06-09 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've sent it! Hope your friend doesn't mind me impinging on him... I can forward you a copy of the email/document too, if you want to give me your email!

Date: 2011-06-09 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I should read all comments before replying. Srsly. Hahahaha. Sure. Maybe my magical power of luck can help me recover sth. (Even though om more prone to breaking things.) You canjust send it through my lj email account. (if it doesn't let you, try @yahoo.) Thanks!

Date: 2011-06-10 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All right, cool. Sent! Thanks so much for all your patience with me!!

Date: 2011-06-10 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Got your email. I'll open it when I get home. I don't think my phone would be able to open it anyway. (Or huh.. Maybe I should try, who knows?) I'll try to google like mad too. Maybe over the weekend or tmrw after work. We'll see.

Don't beat yourself up too much, okay? You're busy and recreating your words back would be tough. So take all the time you need. Srsly. I'm not going anywhere. Besides, I'm the type who doesn't do frequent backups (and barely runs my v.scan) so I'm with you. :)

Date: 2011-06-10 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd feel bad if you spent your time trying to solve a mess I made! The fact that you're not exceptionally angry at me right now is really more than I deserve, tbh. You have no idea how great you are. Going to try to make the new version better than the last, at the very least. ♥

Date: 2011-06-08 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh gah sounds horrible :X i hope you get them back. maybe just restart it again and see if its still there?

this is why i write in googledocs now. windows was giving me too much shits.

Date: 2011-06-08 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I SHOULD HAVE IMPORTED INTO GOOGLEDOCS! I did for my first fundraiser fic, but I just kept on forgetting to do it for this one! I SHOULD HAVE SAVED IT IN WORD TOO! I would periodically copy and paste the ENTIRE FIC into Word to check the word count, and still I just never bothered to save it as a .doc file. Oh maaaan it's like I practically ASKED for this to happen, didn't I? DDDDDDDDD:

Still trying to recover the file, but I'm fast losing hope... T___T fucking sobs

Thanks for the support!! T_____T

Date: 2011-06-08 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
aw :(
i usually write on the draft section of my gmail then recently moved over to gdocs. im just so scared of losing works lol cos i know once i lose it i wont go back to rewrite it cos i'll just mostly be bitter about my loss .___.

maybe try open the wordpad file with other programs? is it a .txt or .rtf? if so i think you can try open it with notepad or a browser maybe? :S

hope you get it back somehow.

Date: 2011-06-09 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's .rtf but I tried with various Word programs and everything shows the document as a blank, ergh. :(

I'm extremely extremely bitter right now (and mad at myself for not backing up my documents, mostly). It was a fundraiser fic so I will definitely rewrite it, but I really, really, really... do not feel happy about doing so.

T__________T!!! Thanks!!!

Date: 2011-06-08 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Late reply is late, but I'm going on a random fanfic spree and came across this and it's only been one day:

Copy paste into notepad? Clearly copy/paste into Word didn't help, but notepad is only the absolute raw contents. Clearly there's something there, even if you can't see it or access it, but notepad does absolutely nothing except for plain text. I know I write my LJ entries there because it holds onto the HTML and doesn't add anything unexpected.

Good luck! T_T

Edit: Also, if that doesn't work, right click on the file and use the "open with" option to open it in notepad to begin with. Don't know if that will change anything but anything is worth a try at this point.
Edited Date: 2011-06-08 12:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-09 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, not late at all! The past two days I've been at school for long hours so I don't get to check my messages until pretty late at night, and then of course I don't get the time to actually try whatever I can to get the file back.

I'd previously tried all your suggestions but I did them again after I read your comment just to be absolutely sure... and yeah, it's still a blank. The something that's there is apparently 182,393 spaces. Blergh.

Thank you for your help though! I appreciate it (and your icon)!

Date: 2011-06-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg, that's terrible bb! 25,000 words and the momentum you had when you wrote those words is irreplaceable :(

i know shit to nothing about recovering files but i really feel bad about this :(

Date: 2011-06-09 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ikr. I was thinking today, could I rewrite that fic from scratch? And the immediate answer was VERY MUCH NO. I remember the plot, but I seriously can't remember each part I wrote, and that's really tough to deal with because I remember being proud of a number of lines I'd written, because I was really trying to be a good writer in terms of content, not just moving the plot along... ugh ugh ugh. This whole mess just leaves me as discouraged and angry as hell. Disappointment is my middle name right now!! Thank you so much for your support though! It means a lot! :')


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