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By Anonymous / Tuesday 27 November 2012 05:06 / United States - Appleton
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By  TheSithAssassin  |  15

I'm not certain why you never saved it once. It just seems like the obvious thing to do. There is a chance that the file still exists on your hard drive if you want to search for it. Some word processors create auto recoveries and backups which are sometimes hidden files.

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  Harpy20  |  24

Of course not. Immediately try to run a system security scan first. If you can't, THEN Shut down and start in safe mode [w/ networking enabled] (f8), while continuing to try to fix the issue. I got the impression she just restarted without the intention of manually safeguarding the PC at all, thinking that that would fix it. People do it all the time -___-

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  killmoose  |  5

Yeah and depending on the virus, It might do more harm when the computer is rebooted or it might not allow you to access the operating system you downloaded it on, or it might not boot to it ect. As long as you have a good antivirus program, you'll know you have a virus, and usually it'll help fix it

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  lilhellian  |  26

When you restart it helps make the changes take effect, I have personally had a virus I didn't know about. When I reboot for updates it disabled everything and made my browser go to a site that makes you pay to get rid of it. (I didn't pay, I wiped the computer.)

By  TheSithAssassin  |  15

I'm not certain why you never saved it once. It just seems like the obvious thing to do. There is a chance that the file still exists on your hard drive if you want to search for it. Some word processors create auto recoveries and backups which are sometimes hidden files.

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I always email myself any paper that I type. Even if its incomplete, I feel safer sending it after I'm done for the day. As a bonus, you can access them from anywhere there is a computer

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  nava1210  |  12

52 - Unfortunately, she probably held the power button to do a hard shut down. Which of course, is the worst way to turn off or restart a computer

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well his mom probably used the power button (would deffinatly make sense that she knew where the power button is if its like a mac or if its a laptop or one of those windows computers that have the whole computer in the moniter)

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  Feared  |  9

It's always possible that they were saving to RAM rather than permanent storage. Random Access Memory gets erased every time the computer is shut down or restarted. And if they were working right from a Flash drive then the word processor might not autosave anything.

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  BlueFlatts  |  20

I agree with 25, in addition to saving it in a alternate source such as a flash drive or by e-mail. If you lost it YDI, especially if your not the sole user of the computer. Carelessness...

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  Feared  |  9

Maybe they did save. But they saved to RAM instead of the Hard Drive. Random Access Memory gets erased whenever the computer is shut down or restarted.

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  elmousey  |  5

Yea, maybe the op (who doesn't have the common sense to save a 7 page paper when they leave the computer) has some totally abstract computer system that saves files to RAM. That makes a lot of sense. I understand people forget to save while working on a paper, but if you leave a shared computer with your paper open and unsaved that's just dumb.

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  thetechdude22  |  0

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

By  catkat1988  |  17

You didn't save it on the computer? And you let your step-mom use the computer without having saved? I'm really sorry, but that's on you. Yes, it sucks, but it's also 2012 and students at all levels should have enough experience with computers to know better than this. That came off really harsh, and I do sympathize with your situation - it blows to lose something you've been working on for a long time. But seriously. Save. It's that little blue button on the left side of your screen when using Microsoft Word.

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