I just closed out of a note b/c it black screened / froze , and when i reopened the vault/note, what opened back up was a previous version of the same note from about a few months ago with about 100,000 less words (big note for brain vomit)

First, search the help docs and this forum. Maybe your question has been answered! The debugging steps can help, too. Still stuck? Delete this line and proceed.

What I’m trying to do

By posting this i’m looking to see if anyone would have any idea of how to help me with my problem, as per the help tag , but this is a ridiculously stupid problem to have and i have no idea how to move forward.
It’s likely only two scenarios from here, either there is a way to restore the most recent version of that note somehow , or i have to just suck it up and going forward try to backup manually any note i use.

Things I have tried

Nothing much yet really b/c i’m still stunned by what happened and have no idea if i can even do anything , i’ve looked at the .md file to see if there were any previous versions and i guess b/c i haven’t been manually backing things up (b/c i thought that obsidian would save new changes automatically and never had any idea that this would be a potential problem that could ever occur) there are none.
So from here i have no idea if there’s anything i can do other than move on without all those months of brain vomit . Thanks for any help in advance.

Have a look at the

core plugin. In the recovery screen, remember to start typing the note name in the search box to start searching for the file.

Other than that: if you are using a sync service, it may have a versioned file history. If you are keeping backups of your user directory (you should be), a previous version could be in there.


Some general backup links via CawlinTeffid:

If you don’t already backup your computer, now is a good time to start!

Easy directions to setup local backups: https://web.archive.org/web/20200101015933/http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/

Links about online backups: http://www.worldbackupday.com/

(Note that sync isn’t backup. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/cloud-backup-vs-cloud-sync/)

Holy lord you’re a lifesaver , thanks so much, i knew that obsidian automatically saved things when edited, but only looking at the file properties in file explorer and seeing no previous versions not knowing this feature and way of finding the previous versions was a morale killer. thanks again

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