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Thread: File not saved before power off

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    Exclamation File not saved before power off

    Hello,
    I've set up an Ubuntu 10 installation on a desktop to record our church's sermons during our services. I'm relatively new to Ubuntu and Linux in general, so I'm pretty much learning as I go. For the time being I'm recording through the line in on the computer into Sound Recorder. (I'm very familiar with more advanced recording options, but this was a quick and sufficient setup for simply recording a talk.)

    This past Sunday, the tech team recorded the sermon, and stopped the recording after it was over. However, the computer operator did not save the file - it was left with Sound Recording running but unsaved. There was a mix-up and power was cut to the computer before it ever was saved. I booted the computer back up to see if there was any kind of recovery, but I was unable to find any options.

    I would REALLY like to be able to recover the recording of the sermon, if there's any way to do it? Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Coyle

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    Re: File not saved before power off

    If the recordings are not saved there is probably not much to recover since nothing has been stored permanently. You may look through the /tmp folder if there still is something stored, but that folder's content is temporary.

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    Re: File not saved before power off

    Yeah, that's pretty much what I figured. I had checked the tmp folder, but being unfamiliar with Linux I didn't really know what I was looking for, there were no audio filetypes though.
    I just wondered based on experience with other recording solutions where data is saved to the HD as you go, and I didn't know if that was the case here or not.
    Thanks for the response!

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    Re: File not saved before power off

    On Linux, everything user files would be saved to your /home folder. You can look through it if you find a folder which is named according to your recording software. This would be the place for configuration settings and, maybe, also for the temporarily stored files (but I doubt it). Such folders may be hidden, so use ls -al in a terminal or configure your file browser to also show hidden files.

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