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TimGab
Frequent Visitor

File recovery

Hi everyone,

I worked on my dashboard all day last Friday and forgot to save...

Today my laptops battery died and I only have the old version.

Does anyone have any suggestion for recovering the dashboard? I would appreciate all suggestions a lot!

 

Tim Gabriel

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KGrice
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

That hurts. Normal Office applications have the autosave functionality. You could try going that route and see if you get lucky, but I don't see anything that indicates Power BI has this feature yet.

 

I do see other people wanting to see autosave become a feature though. You can add votes to the idea. I think I'll do the same. Autosave is one of those things you don't think about until you lose work without it.

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MicaelaTantum
Frequent Visitor

Hello, 

 

I know this post is abit old but I somehow stumble across this issue now and again. 

 

Pop this into your file location 

 

C:\Users\----your user name ----\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Power BI Desktop\TempSaves\

 This brings up everything you have not saved.

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DC682189
New Member

Good Morning All,

 

I spent an hour this morning trying to figure how to resolve this issue. Option A (below) did not work for me because I accidently deleted the recovery file.

 

Option A: (most common resolution)

  1. Open Power BI Desktop instead of double-clicking the the corrupted pbix file's location
  2. Click File -> Open -> Select the corrupted pbix file
  3. You will see a yellow ribbon saying “open in autorecovery mode..” Click on it and the file will open with the version before it got corrupted.

Option B:

  1. Open another pbix file on your computer.
    • a) If file does not open properly, uninstall PowerBI Desktop and reinstall
    • b) If file does open, proceed to Option C

Option C:

  1. Open file explorer
  2. Locate the corrupted pbix file's location
  3. Right click the file -> click "Restore previous version"
  4. Select your version (typically, most recent), and open. 
  5. Do what you need and overwrite the file in its original location.

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KGrice
Solution Sage
Solution Sage

That hurts. Normal Office applications have the autosave functionality. You could try going that route and see if you get lucky, but I don't see anything that indicates Power BI has this feature yet.

 

I do see other people wanting to see autosave become a feature though. You can add votes to the idea. I think I'll do the same. Autosave is one of those things you don't think about until you lose work without it.

TimGab
Frequent Visitor

Yupp, it is a painful "lesson learnt" moment.
As I was not able to find any kind of solution and I have reconstructed my old dashboard by now I will mark your reply as a solution so that eventual visitor vote for the idea as well.

 

@TimGab

 

Have you seen what's included with the August 2016 update?! Auto-recover Desktop Files

Auto recovered file by default with this new update will save in the following location for a Windows 10 machine:

 

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Power BI Desktop\AutoRecovery

Hi, 

 

Thanks for the hint. You saved me quite a lot of time. I already started buidling the report again).

 

Regards

Magomed.

SjoerdV
Frequent Visitor

Encountered a likewise problem, and the solution above wasn't the solution. Luckily, after following this (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47440276/where-to-find-pbix-file-after-server-shut-down-unexpect...) post, I could find a auto-recovered version. 

 

Hope this helps any people who encounter the same problem.

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