10 people who accidentally deleted their entire dissertation
Here are 10 people who accidentally deleted their dissertation, and were surprisingly calm about it. And also some tips on what to do if this happens to you, before you panic and contact an expensive data-recovery company.
10) This poor student, who took this a little too well
.@lowrikate_ ok scrap that, more like 8,500 words. wtf man why do things like this happen— foxy nana (@lowrikate_) April 20, 2016
9) This near-death experience
I think I've deleted Sams dissertation that she finished today. Shit.— Em (@RedheadBlogging) April 26, 2016
@sophieharajda I didn't delete it....I'm free to live another day!— Em (@RedheadBlogging) April 26, 2016
8) This casual goodbye
Just accidentally deleted the library eshelf folder I was building for my dissertation. Goodbye over 50 sources and hours of work.— Mary (@lxway) April 22, 2016
7) This is why you never leave your computer unattended, even to pee
Some kind soul deleted all of my dissertation yesterday whilst I was away from my computer and saved over it— Luke Knights (@Knightsbrah) April 20, 2016
"Angry" doesn't even cut it. If I didn't have enough to do already, I certainly do now. Fuck some people— Luke Knights (@Knightsbrah) April 20, 2016
6) This other near-death experience
Ohmygosh I just thought I'd deleted my dissertation you have no idea how close I came to dying— Tessa Carr (@tessacarr_) April 19, 2016
5) Megan takes the award for "most calm" dissertation deletion
Haha just accidentally permanently deleted my dissertation haaha shoot me in the face— Megan Maloney (@megginmaloney) April 9, 2016
4) Things are going swimmingly for Rachel
Dissertation going swimmingly: accidentally deleted yesterday's work in today's hysteria. So I really mean to say that I'm drowning.— Rachel Booton (@RunningBoot_on) April 6, 2016
3) This person, grotesquely misusing the word "lololololololol"
Lololololololol ive just deleted over 2000 words of my dissertation with no way back :'(— Lucy Pearce (@_lucypearce) April 5, 2016
2) This former Apple fan
Think I'd rather have teeth pulled than go over this dissertation making corrections I've already done cos my MacBook deleted them all 😩🔫— Abby (@abbyknowles_x) April 5, 2016
1) This person, grotesquely misusing the word "ahahhaaahahhaa"
In other news, my entire dissertation is corrupted and we think it may all have been deleted ahahhaaahahhaa— Elk (@MELON_BLADE) April 1, 2016
If you've accidentally deleted your dissertation, here are some simple options you can try, to restore the file to its former glory.
If your words are missing, but the document is still there
Press Ctrl + Z
This is the most obvious place to start. Press ctrl + z (or cmd + z if you're using a fancy Mac) immediately if your words were there, and then suddenly they weren't. This will hopefully undo whatever it is you've done that made all your words go away.
Look at your tracked changes
Open up your tracked changes (or "view changes" on Google Docs) and click on the previous versions until you find the right one.
Reload the document (if it's still there)
Reload the last save file available. See how much you've lost. Cry.
If it's not there, and you're using Word,
- Click the File menu, click Open, click Computer, and then click Browse.
- Locate the folder in which you last saved the missing file.
- In the Files of type list (All Word documents), click All Files. ...
- Click the backup file, and then click Open.
The backup file should be your most recent save.
If you've deleted it entirely
Search the document name in your file finder
Search for the document you've deleted. It could be you haven't deleted it, you've just moved it somewhere weird by accident. A quick search should bring it up.
If that doesn't work, look at your most recent documents. It should be there, if you haven't deleted it (and were working on it very recently).
Check the recycling folder
If you've accidentally right clicked and deleted an essay, this is a good thing. Just go to your recycling bin and drag it back into your normal folder. It will now be undeleted and your problem is solved.
Ask your friend who is good with computers
You've somehow deleted your files. You probably aren't the best person to start messing around with the recovery system, or trying to mine your lost data. Ask a friend immediately to take the computer out of your hands and find it again.
There are ways to get your essays back. Your computer / Google Docs / Word will regularly backup whatever you're writing, even if you forget to hit the save button. There will be a
It's now standard practice that you tweet everybody to tell them of your pain. Tweet about it, whilst a friend locates it on your computer. It's cathartic. Then, when they've found it for you, resume your dissertation / update your followers.