Power went down, Ai file shows up as text instead of artwork.

Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Hello

I was working on illustrator when the power went down in the house.. I have saved my work several times, so I thought I would be okay, I can see my artwork in "recent files" but when I open it this comes up (picture), and when I click "ok" it shows up as text (picture) instead of the artwork..

Screenshot 2022-03-16 101703.pngScreenshot 2022-03-16 101641.png

 

I have turned on that illustrator automatically saves recovery files, but in the folder there are no illustrator files, only these (picture).

 

Screenshot 2022-03-16 101624.png

 

Is my work recoverable?

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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If the power goes down while saving that is the very worst moment to have power go down.

 

JUst overwriting the same file several times a day won't save you from this. Only thing that helps are backup copies (files saved with a different name on different volumes).

 

What helps you to prevent this: Something similar to Time Machine (which is for the Mac, google it to find similar solutions for Windows)

The plugin Autosaviour.

Remembering to save different versions of your file manually.

 

Maybe @Anshul_Saini can help you with the corrupt file. But there's not a lot of hope.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Hello Monika, thanks for you answer.

 

I will definitely always save in different versions from now on.. Unfortunate that I had to learn it the hard way.

 

I tried messaging Anshul, hopefully he can help 🙂 

 

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I will definitely always save in different versions from now on.. 🙂 

 

By @lailal98961098

 

I didn't mean save in different versions (of Illustrator, or different file formats), but save different versions of your file (so you can return to something, even if it's slightly older), respectively save in different locations.

When you save, save it using a different name, not just hit ctrl+S.

 

At the end of the day or the project you can still throw away the oldest ones and keep only the most recent 2 or 3. Whatever works best for your workflow.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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No I understood what you meant. I made a new illustration, luckily I had a screenshot so I had a reference. I've been saving it v1,v2,v3 every 15 min to be sure. haha

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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Hi @lailal98961098,

 

Sorry for the delayed response.

 

I've replied to you on the DM.

 

Regards,
Anshul Saini

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