File Recovery

Mac | Windows | AFS Home Server

If you were working on a document on a library computer prior to a crash or being logged out, the file may be recoverable.


  1. Log back on
  2. Click the Go menu at the top, then "Go to folder"
  3. Type /var/publictemp/your-username.
  4. The folders you will see are named based on date and times of logout - based on this, explore the folders for your file.
  5. If you have problems you can get help from the ETC computer helpdesk.


  1. Log back on
  2. Click "Start" -> Search
  3. Type your username. You might also try typing the name of your file
  4. Press Enter

    If search finds a file named "AutoRecovery save of..." which contains your file's name, this could be a newer revision of your work. Open the file with Word to find out. Otherwise, once the file is found, you can save it to your own disk or Home Server account by dragging or cutting/pasting directly from the Search window.

AFS Home Server

Your files are backed up nightly to the folder Private -> Yesterday.