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How can I recover a Final Draft script that's lost, corrupt or inaccessible?

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How can I recover a Final Draft script that's lost, corrupt or inaccessible?

Answer

Whenever you save or the auto-save saves your script, Final Draft makes an additional date- and time-stamped copy (i.e. 201607041730Scriptname) and places it in another folder for safe-keeping. In this example, the file named Scriptname was backed up in 2016, July 4, at 130 PM.

See these articles for information on accessing the Backup folder:

To be on the safe side, in case the backup is damaged as well, you will want to rebuild the file so you know you're working with a healthy script. Click HERE for information on how to rebuild the file.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BACKUP OF THE FILE

and you have Microsoft Word:

  1. Open Word;
  2. Go to File > Open -- on newer versions of Word you may have to navigate through Computer, then Browse to reach this window;
  3. Under the Open, the Files of Type or the Format dropdown menu, choose Recover Text From Any File;
  4. Navigate to your damaged Final Draft file and double-click it;
  5. Click through any dialogues that open up and you'll be looking at an ugly version of your script;
  6. Go to File > Save As and save it to your Desktop as a Plain Text file.
  7. Quit Word and open Final Draft;
  8. Go to File > Open, navigate to the plain-text copy of your script and double-click it;
  9. Choose Script as the import mode and you'll be looking at an ugly but completely healthy version of your script;
  10. Save this as the new master and clean it up by deleting blank lines, spaces and gibberish text, and reformatting blocks of text. For more information on how to clean up a script, click HERE.

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Views: 19492 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Mar 10, 2016
Posted in: File Management

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