the long and the short is an idiot at work (not me) cut the records from the access DB that we were using, and apparently when they upgraded the office personels computers they didn't reenable the back up function on the replacement machine, so we are currently sans back up.
Basically what happened (from what I gather from phone conversation today) is the guyw as trying to print a listing of the current outstanding items from the last few days, so instead of saving to another personaly DB and working off of that, he instead started cutting from the master DB (yeah I know, I know. I didn't do the system up) and managed to remove ~95% of the data (some of which is not stored anywhere else for some parts of it). I've been tasked with one of 2 options, either reenter all as much data as possible from the hard copies or find a way to recover the missing info.
Any and all help/ideas I can get would be much appreciated otherwise its going to be a long and extremely tedious night tonight.
and no the didn't go to the recycle bin the assist manager checked that.
Also it sounds like they have opened/closed the program since it got cut, so the back up file has been removed (probably repeatedly)