Recovering overwritten files with no previous versions is a tricky and challenging task for some people. They are unfamiliar with the methods and tricks through which they get their data back. This article will tell you how you can recover your overwritten Excel file with no version through straightforward methods using Excel features and iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recover Expert (the best data recovery software).

Part 1: How to Recover Overwritten Excel Files (XSLX) No Previous Versions Rapidly without Backup Win&MAC

iMyFone has launched the D-Back Hard Drive Recovery Expert for Windows and MAC users. This software has one of the best data recovery algorithms that scan, show, and recover 1000+ data types from internal and external storage. It does not need any backup to bring your files back. You can use the Windows or MAC version to recover overwritten excel files from your device.

Steps to Use:

Step 1: Download iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery Expert for Windows or MAC on your device and open the software.


Step 2: The software will show you the different locations of your device. Select the site where the excel file was located. After selecting the location, the software will start scanning and displaying all the recoverable files on the screen.

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Step 3: Select the file and preview it. After that, click the Recover button and restore the file on your computer.

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Part 2: Possible Ways to Recover Overwritten Excel Files No Previous Versions Backup Needed

There are various methods to recover overwritten excel files from the previous version, but we will show you the two best and most effective ways.

2.1: Restore through Temporary Files

This method will recover our overwritten excel file from the temporary file section of your MAC or Windows. Those who don't know about temporary files, let us clear it first. Whatever file you made on MS Excel, PowerPoint or Word, its temporary file is automatically created and saved on your device's temporary file or TMP section. These files contain the same data as in the original file. This makes it easy for users to get their data back if they lose any files. Now, follow these easy steps to do that.

Step 1: This method would work best if you enabled the Auto Recovery feature earlier. For going into the TMP section, follow this route


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Step 2: This will open a window showing all the temporary files that can be recovered. You can select the one which you want.

Step 3: Now, open the selected Excel file and see the Restore button. Click on this button to restore your overwritten excel file through the temporary file.

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2.2: Retrieve through Excel Auto Save Option

Excel has a built-in AutoSave option that automatically saves the recent or modified files/data. Through this option, you can recover your overwritten file quickly. Follow these easy steps.

Always remember to turn on the AutoSave option. If it wasn't ON before losing your data, then there is no use in following this method.

Step 1: Open Excel and click on File. This will show you different options. On the left side of the screen, select Info.

Step 2: This will show an option named Version. Click on this option, and you will get different autosaved files in the form of a list.

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Step 3: Select the file and recover it from that list.

Part 3: FAQs about Overwritten Data Recovery

3.1 How to Recover an Overwritten Excel File on Mac

You can use D-Back Hard Drive Recovery Expert on MAC to recover your overwritten Excel file. Other than this, you can also go with the TMP option. This will also help you to recover your data.

3.2 Can Recuva Recover Overwritten Files

No, it is impossible to recover overwritten files with Recuva. Recuva can only recover and restore lost, crashed, deleted, and formatted data files. You can use the iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery Expert for this purpose.

3.3 If I Overwrite a File, Can I Recover It

Usually, you will find the answer in NO. But yes, there are some methods that you can use to recover your overwritten file. You can use data recovery software or other system's built-in methods to get your overwritten file back. We have shared the best one in the above sections of this article.


People usually remain confused and stressed regarding how to recover an overwritten excel file. Recovering overwritten files is not easy or guaranteed, but some methods can fix this issue. You can use Excel's built-in version option or the temporary file option of your device to get your overwritten excel file with no previous version. Moreover, you can use any software like iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery Expert to scan and recover overwritten Excel files from your device. It does not need any backup and recovers your files in all scenarios.