A Pages document in the cloud corrupt - any chance of recovery?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by vladobizik, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. vladobizik macrumors 6502

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    I have been using Pages on my iPad with iCloud syncing enabled, it worked reasonably well for me until today. When I tried to access one of the documents on my Mac and download it from iCloud.com, I got a notice that there is some sort of version conflict and I should pick one of two possible versions to keep. I selected the more recent one, after which I received a message that the document can't be downloaded. I rushed back to my iPad to open the document and copy it somewhere, but alas, the change had already synced back to the iPad and now I can't access the document on the iPad as well. My last idea was to open Pages for Mac (which I have but rarely use, I'm more of a Word guy) to see if the document hadn't been saved there. The iCloud menu shows all of my documents, this time with file sizes as well, but the problematic one is only 2 KB in size (others are 20x bigger) and of course refuses to open. Something very bad happened to the document, I don't know how, but it was a very important document and if there's no way I can restore it, I'll get very mad at Apple and the whole iCloud "convenience". Is there any way to restore the document to its previous state?
     
  2. newagemac macrumors 68020

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    All icloud documents are actually stored on your local computer as well in "~/Library/Mobile Documents" so if you have Time Machine enabled you can easily go back and recover older versions.
     
  3. vladobizik thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, thanks for the advice, I didn't know that. Unfortunately, the first time I opened desktop Pages after a looong time was yesterday when the problem had already occured, so Pages only downloaded the already corrupt document.

    I think iCloud should really have file recovery support like e.g. Dropbox does, at least for emergency situations like this. The file still has to exist somewhere on Apple's servers somehow. :/
     

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