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December 26, 2011 2:25:29 PM

I have a problem with a huge file that I've been downloading - 91% complete - 2.36 GB of 3.71 GB downloaded, but I've got popup warning telling me it has timed out.
I don't want to click OK in that box before I've grabbed the temporary file somewhere on my pc. I know that when I click OK both the warning box and the "ongoing" transfer box will disappear and most likely my chance of ever recovering the temporary downloaded file.

I'm using windows 7 with ie8 installed.

But where does the file hide? I've looked high and low in temporary file folders but can't spot it anywhere - it's not part of some kind of cache?
a b $ Windows 7
December 26, 2011 2:48:24 PM

RubiconIII said:
I have a problem with a huge file that I've been downloading - 91% complete - 2.36 GB of 3.71 GB downloaded, but I've got popup warning telling me it has timed out.
I don't want to click OK in that box before I've grabbed the temporary file somewhere on my pc. I know that when I click OK both the warning box and the "ongoing" transfer box will disappear and most likely my chance of ever recovering the temporary downloaded file.

I'm using windows 7 with ie8 installed.

But where does the file hide? I've looked high and low in temporary file folders but can't spot it anywhere - it's not part of some kind of cache?

You probably won't find it, because the download did not complete, so the file was not closed, updating the file allocation table to point to the file. Try downloading again, as the download may restart where it left off.
a c 311 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
December 26, 2011 3:03:27 PM

For real large downloads, you may want to use a download manager to avoid just this problem. When a file transfer is interrupted, a download manager, like THIS free one will usually allow you to just resume from where it stopped instead of starting over.
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December 26, 2011 4:08:13 PM

The file is not available anymore - it came from a newsgroup contents download site which delete old stuff in order to get space for new stuff.
Being a zip file compiled by the site I was hoping to be able to recover some of the contents - as it consists of more than 500+ files.
Also the site compiles the zip file for me to download based on which files I mark on a list and the download path can't be reused once established, so resuming is not possible (therefore no download manager used, which I mostly prefer)
a c 311 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
December 26, 2011 6:19:08 PM

Sorry, not going to happen.

PM me if I can help you find a replacement file.
December 26, 2011 10:17:39 PM

Ahhh - I found it - finally! :bounce: 

If the data is there it gotta be somewhere in one way or the other - it has been my experience with Windows from 98 through 2000 and XP to Vista, and I was right this time again with Win7.

The settings I have always set to show file extensions and also to show hidden files, folders and drives - in the search I also had the settings changed to show protected system files.
I had looked too many times to count in the 'Temporary Internet Files' folder - also manually typed in 'Content.IE5' to reach some extra folders... Only the path 'Low' in-between eluded me.

C:\Users\RubiconIII\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\CJ1P22MN

Then I remembered that I still had an old ACDSee installer in the archives. ACDSee has helped me years ago seeing hidden folders and it still works a charm. Those super-hidden folders can't hide in ACDSee at any point but they sure can in Windows Explorer.

Now I only have to see what can be salvaged from the huge but still incomplete zip-file ;) 
!