4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 17, 2012 3:22 PM by the_wine_snob

    Lost a project - where to look?

    Keledole Level 1

      I have been working on a project for a week.  Regular saves as well as auto-saves.   Opened PE10 this morning to finish it up and it is gone.


      I saved the project to the default location and when I look at "open recent projects" it is not there.  It is also not in the "open project..." under the file drop down.  I have searched windows using the project name as well as *.prel but it turns up nothing. 


      I am going to try a desperate grasp at straws and try a rollback to an earlier restore point that I am pretty sure will not do a thing but I am out of ideas.  Does anyone have anything to offer a frustrated novice as to how to recover/find this project?  If not how about some suggestions as to how to avoid this from happening again.

        • 1. Re: Lost a project - where to look?
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          While System Restore Poins are great, and I use them all of the time, I doubt that you will be able to find a missing PREL, with it, as it only holds info on the OS, and not data files.


          If you have done a complete Search of the system, including My Documents, and found no PREL, then something is wrong.


          Depending on where you located your Project, there should be an AutoSave folder, with five (the default setting for AutoSaves) AutoSave PREL's.


          For the future, this ARTICLE might be useful for setting up Project folders. Also, see this ARTICLE on Project Files and Saving.


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: Lost a project - where to look?
            nealeh Level 5

            Try the utility 'Search Everything', once it has indexed your disk(s) it provides near instant partial filename search results.


            Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children

            • 3. Re: Lost a project - where to look?
              Keledole Level 1

              Thanks for the replies.  I'm not exactly sure what happened but the search of all .prel files turned up all but the project I was currently doing!  Bill, you were right and it was as I also suspected that the system restore point did not do a thing.  It was really a last ditch effort.  Thanks for the links.


              No great loss as I have begun rebuilding the project.  This kind of thing used to get me worked up but now I feel these little setbacks are just part of the deal.  I just would like to know what happened to this project and more importantly avoid the same outcome in future projects.

              • 4. Re: Lost a project - where to look?
                the_wine_snob Level 9

                Well, sorry that the PREL did not show up, nor did the AutoSaves. It seems that the Project folder was Deleted in some way.


                At least this wasn't an almost finished Master's Thesis, due on Monday AM!


                Good luck, and do take a look at the Project Files & Saving article, as those Save_As and Save_As_a_Copy have helped me in the past.


                Good luck,