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lost profile/ my documents missing

Posted on 2004-03-28
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A user profile was overwritten and now, the files in my documents are missing. The wrong profile was apparently copied to "all users" so now a blank my documents folder is displayed under each user profile. Any way to get the files back?
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Not really....you could try some data recovery methods. A lot of free problems out there.

www.ontrack.com/freesoftware   - offers the ability to look for lost data to see if it is worth buying there software.

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by:Alain_Labelle_Ing
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Under your Documents and Settings, you do not have a folder with the name of the "Old Profile"?!?  This sometime happen when you use a Profile to another domain or workgroup name.  In the Documents and Settings folder it shows up with the Profile name. (dot) and domain/Workgroup Name.  If you log as a local Administrator, you will be allow to manage any of those folder.
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by:Fatal_Exception
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First thing I would do is to Search the hard drive for one of your files..  You can also use a wildcard if you cannot remember the names..   Start > Search > Files or Folders..   use the wildcard in the search, such as *.doc and see what it brings back..  If you recognise any of your lost files, follow the path and restore them to your profile...

If it has truly been overwritten, you will need to follow the advice of the experts above...

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by:Fatal_Exception
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One more point to make..  If they are truly gone, and you want to use a Recovery method to retrieve them, do it right away..  Do not let your system write anything more to the drive..  You do not want those sectors to be overwritten..

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by:fajar79
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if you don't delete profile, i'm sure your files still there, unless your windows do something else... :)
don't boot to your hdd that has missing file again, your files recovery rate will be higher. download the demo active file recovey, or getdataback(it saves me several times)....
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Gareth Gudger earned 500 total points
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LucF lists some good ones here....why recreate the map if its already drawn?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_20778366.html
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