How to get a document back after it randomly wipes itself?
I was editing a very long list of notes I have and Notepad++ gave me an error message while saving, something along the lines of “an error occurred while saving, please try again”.
Since I am a person who does CRTL+S every 10 seconds; I thought I was fine. I just clicked off of it, copied over what I hadn’t saved so I could just close the document and then add it in again and hope the error didn’t occur again. But then when I opened it again, THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT WAS BLANK.
I had written thousands of words as I write very detailed notes. This isn’t a case of un-doing either as it has reset the document as if I had just created it; and with that, the memory of itself was wiped if that makes any sense. I have obviously looked this up in several different ways but no one else seemed to have this random problem of a document wiping itself after a small saving error. Most of the articles and tutorials just told me to go to my backups folder in AppData but I only have a backup from a random Notepad++ file I had about a year ago.
I seriously don’t know what to do and honestly am quite scared that I have lost this document forever as nothing seems to work. I’ve tried backups, previous versions, restore points and everything else I can think of. I thought I was very safe as I save my documents frantically every chance I get but apparently not. I should have made a backup but I thought that would be silly as this is just a text file of notes. It hasn’t wiped any other of the files that I have open but if I make a small change to them and try to save, a similar error pops up and I do not want to lose them at all.
Is there any other way I can get this file back as I really need it soon. If I ever get this file back I promise you I will make a backup of every file I ever create. I have never had this error before and as a side note, it tried to launch the notepad in Administrator Mode and even in there, it was empty. I seriously need your help!
P.S. Sorry for the long post.
Hello @Brad-Dorrian ,
I’m truly sorry for your problems but unfortunately there is no much you can do.
The only thing I can think of is to try with unerasing software.
Your issue has the same root cause as this one:
Please read at the end, I have given a link to Recuva - software for recovering files after deletion.
Thank you so much for the quick reply. I am trying the Recuva software and I am really sad to hear that I might not get it back. I did check and my hard drive was full, but all my other hard drives weren’t. This seems like a fault of the software to just wipe the text file when it sees that one hard disk is full. It didn’t even make a backup in a different drive or didn’t even just tell me that my storage was full and couldn’t save. If it had done any of that, I would be fine. I would have either found the backup in the other drive or copied over what I hadn’t saved and then placed it in the other drive. I can understand this issue if the person only had one hard disk on their computer but even then, it didn’t need to wipe itself clean without any warning. I can only imagine how someone would feel if it was an extremely important document they lost and not just some notes for some assignment. I can almost get over the fact that I lost so much work and so much time, but I can not get over the fact that this seamlessly pure upgrade from the original notepad just made one of the biggest mistakes that a program like this could possibly make.
All I’m saying is, that this shouldn’t be a feature. Make a better warning system or scan for other drives or even make a really small backup somewhere, even if you have to override some old temp files.
Seriously though, thank you for your help and I will let you know if the Recuva software helped!
You are right I agree with you.
That’s why I have filed an issue in Notepad++'s repository describing the problem and hopefully the author/contributors will fix it in the next Notepad++ version.
I hope you will be able to restore your lost data.
Sadly the Recuva software didn’t work and I do hope that they fix this in the next update. I also turned on the “backup every 7 seconds” feature and the “simple backup on save” which wasn’t on by default but now this should mean it doesn’t happen again. Thank you for all your help and quick replies.
but now this should mean it doesn’t happen again
I would advise you to keep a separate copy of your important data anyway because the backup is not perfect either.
Again, sorry for your data loss.