How to Recover Replaced Files

By Nina Nixon

Files that replace other files usually contain the most relevant, updated information. This includes items such as revised policies, procedures, new merchandise descriptions --- the list is long and varied. However, if a newly written policy is rescinded, it could take hours or even days to recreate what was once considered obsolete. Even if the "gist" of the replica is there, it may not take on the same kind of depth as the original. Learn how to recover replaced files quickly and to avoid spending countless hours reconstructing what makes up the heart of a file.

Things You'll Need

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Step 1

Select the "Control Panel" from the Start menu. Next, choose "Performance and Maintenance" and then pick "Backup Your Data" from the Task menu.

Step 2

Select "Restore Files and Settings" and then click "Next."

Step 3

Check the boxes in the "Items to Restore" list box that correspond with the files you would like to recover. When you are finished making your selections, press "Close."

Tips & Warnings

  • Take advantage of the available option to back up your files automatically upon saving and exiting Microsoft Word documents. To do this, select "Tools" from the toolbar menu and then choose "Options." At the Save tab, check the box beside "Always create backup copy," "Allow fast saves" and "Allow background saves." Next, check the box beside "Save AutoRecover information every [ ] minutes " and input "1" minute for the fastest auto recovery setting.
  • To enable recovery of files, schedule regular backups no later than one week apart.