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    Exclamation Help! Recover overwritten Illustrator file
    I accidentally didn't save changes to an Illustrator file (about two weeks ago) and I just realized it when I opened the document today. I desperately need the file that I didn't save. Is it possible to recover it somehow? I tried referring to Time Machine but it apparently isn't set up. And I tried downloading an Illustrator Recovery Toolbox but I couldn't find a download that worked with Mac (even though several downloads said they were for Mac). PLEASE HELP!

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    The changes to the file you "didn't save" do not exist because they disappeared when you shut down or rebooted your machine or exited Illustrator. They existed only in the Mac's memory while the Mac was turned on and while Illustrator was active. Sorry, but there is no way to recover those changes.

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    Not that this will help or make you feel any better, but I would certainly use this opportunity to set up Time Machine so that you never have this awful experience happen ever again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Not that this will help or make you feel any better, but I would certainly use this opportunity to set up Time Machine so that you never have this awful experience happen ever again.
    Even with Time Machine, they would have the same experience again. If you don't save the changes, Time Machine can't back them up. Time Machine does not backup memory.
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