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Wed May 1, 2024, 03:16 PM May 1

Any Libre Office users here?

I've been working on a novel in LO Write. Yesterday I saved my work and made two backup copies. This morning I opened up the file to find that the last two days' worth of work were gone, including on the backups.

I wrote a post in their forum, but wanted to ask here too. Is there a limit to how many words a Write file can handle? I have over 56,000 so far. Or is there a way to recover what's lost? I've looked all over the computer and can't find any backups.


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Any Libre Office users here? (Original Post) grumpyduck May 1 OP
Years ago, like 2002 bucolic_frolic May 1 #1
Thanks. I did back up to a stick grumpyduck May 1 #2
File recovery software bucolic_frolic May 1 #5
If the USB backup was gone, birdographer May 1 #3
I use the spreadsheet part of LibreOffice, not the word processor. RipVanWinkle May 1 #4
Running on Windows, Linux, Mac? How did you search the computer for the backups? Wonder Why Jun 2 #6
Running Windows, thanks. grumpyduck Jun 8 #7


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1. Years ago, like 2002
Wed May 1, 2024, 03:26 PM
May 1

I had a similar problem. I downloaded free recovery software that allowed me to scan the unwritten parts of the hard drive bit by bit to find the lost parts. It was work, a day or so, but it was a lot larger than 2 days work, it was the whole thing. I don't recall what it's called. But don't write other things to the hard drive in the meantime. Google to search and find similar software. The lost backup is there on your hard drive.

Most people today would say, backup automatically to the cloud each night, and save to a USB stick, they're cheap enough.


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3. If the USB backup was gone,
Wed May 1, 2024, 03:50 PM
May 1

then it somehow didn't get saved in the first place, for some reason the program didn't register it.

I finished a novel recently (my first and last). I started it in Pages. Same thing happened to me, I lost 9 hard-won pages of writing that had been on the screen when I did a Save and then Save As elsewhere. Gone. I left Pages, tried LO as well as two other Word-like apps. Finally paid for Word. Too many tutorials were teaching how to do stuff in Word, which, no longer being the computer whiz I used to be, did me no good.

Anyway, my sympathies for the loss. Put it in two different apps altogether in the future before closing up?


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4. I use the spreadsheet part of LibreOffice, not the word processor.
Wed May 1, 2024, 04:15 PM
May 1

I have all of my LO files backed up hourly on a separate external drive. I'm on a Mac, and the backup software is Carbon Copy Cloner. I have had no problems with lost files, but I have experienced one or two files that got corrupted. LO was able to repair the files.

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