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By argentosw ·
I was working on a word document which I had originally saved to a network drive, which is the default save location for all my files so they get backed up. I was working on it for about 1.5 hours with autosave on for every 10 mins when it corrupted. When the corrupted file saved itself it was saved to the C:\temp directory and not the Network drive.

In the c:\temp folder there were 2 recovery.txt files both of which had fragments of the word doc text and a ~.tmp file which had gibberish in it and the file I was working on which when I tried to open it gave me the message 'the file cannot be opened due to an internal process error'. When i opened the file on the network drive it was in the same state as it had been before I worked on it.

Does anybody know why the file would save to the c:temp directory if there is not a setting pointing to that location in word. Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to Word saves

The timed saves in most programs do NOT save over the original saved document. Think of timed saves more correctly as timed backup of the open work-space.

Timed saves are "temporary" saves to allow for disaster recovery.

Timed saves are also supposed to be deleted when you exit the program.

Hence, your timed saves are stored in a temp folder on the local drive.

Look at it this way, Word (or any other program) has no way of knowing if you want the changed document to replace the original version.
The only way to replace the original version is to MANUALLY save the document periodically.


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