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MS Excel for Mac destroyed my file


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I created a 3 sheet workbook in MS Excel for Mac and had been working on it for several days.

When I last tried to save it the dreaded spinning wheel appeared and the program froze. I left it for some time but nothing happened so I used Force Quit. When I reopened the file I found it had only 1 blank sheet and the tab name changed to the file name.

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard and MS Office for Mac 2008 and the MS applications have been running slowly recently.

To make matters worse I have no backup as I had been travelling and the portable drive I use for Time Machine had also gone belly up.

Is there anyone with a similar problem, or who knows the possible cause?
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Nope, not me. Does it open other Excel files?
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It's likely you lost your work. To prevent that from happening again, open the Office preferences and select "always make a backup". Also, set your auto backup to a short interval, around 10 minutes.
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It's likely you lost your work. To prevent that from happening again, open the Office preferences and select "always make a backup". Also, set your auto backup to a short interval, around 10 minutes.
I sure did lose the file. Auto backup is set at 5 minutes and I'd been working on the file for much longer than that - and saved whilst I was working - but there is no auto recovery file.

This was a serious failure which just destroyed the file. Fortunately I'm at home now, with double backup (Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner on separate HDD's).
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Nope, not me. Does it open other Excel files?
Yes, Excel does open all other files but it is sluggish. I will probably upgrade to MS Office for Mac 2011 and hope for the best.
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