Through our own stupidity (well that of a co-worker, but me for tasking him with this... but I digress) While he was working on "201203 March Project.prproj" (going back and pulling some stuff from it), he mistakenly saved it over 201204 April Project.prproj. He went file, save as and saved it over the top. He had March's project saved as April's project and open long enough that it overwrote all of the autosaves of the april project.
So, I have to ask, has anyone encountered this and has some amazingly ingenious way to save our bacon? It represents 20-25+ hours of work this week, but I'm pretty much at a loss for any way to recover the original files or auto saves. So yes, I'm hoping for a merical on Easter. Thanks for anyone that can help, if you can.
I am running:
Premiere Pro CS5
Windows 7 Professional x64
12.0 GB RAM
In case any of it matters (The fact I'm running windows might).
Unfortunately no Easter eggs for you this year. If all the auto save files were overwritten too as you said, and you don't have another backup from your original project, you're screwed.
For the future, use a Save for the normal work, but also add a Save As with a different name to protect yourself from these mishaps.
My condolences. Also, increase the number of auto-save backups in preferences, it hardly takes any space and may prevent these situations. I set the number in my work place's autosave prefs to 240.
Without a backup, or useful AutoSaves, all is lost.
As has been stated, there are types of "Saves," and each has its use. This ARTICLE goes into more detail, and might be useful in the future. Unfortunately, that will only be helpful "next time."
At the end of every day's work I always save incrementally dated duplicates
of my Premiere, After Effects and Encore projects to a separate internal drive.
This habit was born years ago from losing a project file to a RAID0 failure,
but I continue to save and archive to DVD all of these backup project files
just in case I get a read failure from a particular project's archive disk.
It usually only takes losing one project to work out your own 'fail-safe' method,
but I have not lost a project or element since I started this practice.
Have you tried the document versions? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Previous-versions-of-files -frequently-asked-questions
If you go back to the date before the saving error, you may be lucky. I have used this feature before. My recollection is vague but the process when something like: right click on the file and the versions info comes up under properties, I think. The last time I used this was in my former workplace under Vista. I hope this helps.
I will temper this with the fact that I am predoimnantly a Mac User so my recent knowledge of Windows is not superb.
This is a long shot, but have you tried a data recovery utility? Just because you overwrote a certain file, that doesn't necessarily mean it was deleted from your disk. When you "trash" or overwrite a file on a disk, really what's happening is that you're telling your file management system (OS) is that the physical location on your drive is available for re-use. The new file may be written into an entirely different location, expecially if it's larger, b/c the OS prefers a contiguous stripe, if one's available.
The sooner you run a data recovery utility after you've noticed your mistake, the better chance you have of recovring the "lost" data.