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DCPromo Rollback: Recovering accounts & files

Posted on 2004-04-28
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I have a Windows 2000 Advanced Server that was a Domain Controller.  I ran dcpromo on it to convert it to a standalone server, but when I did, I lost all of the user acccounts, as well as the files associated with the user accounts.  Is there anyway to recover the files associated with those user accounts (e.g., Outlook Express address book, Excel spreadsheets, MS Word docs., etc.)

Seth
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File Recovery

When a file is deleted either from the Network, By a program or from the Command Line, is does not get put into the recycle bin. However the file is NOT erased, instead the information that points to the file is erased. By erasing the pointer, the file becomes "Invisible" to the Operating system. Using Third party software these files can be recovered.


**********FreeWare Recovery Tools**********

Deleted File Analysis http://www.execsoft.com/freeware/freeware.asp
(NT/2K/XP)

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(95/98/ME/NT/XP)

R-Undelete http://www.tucows.com/preview/254623.html
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Recover My Files http://www.tucows.com/preview/258313.html


**********Shareware Recovery Tools**********

File Scavenger http://www.webattack.com/features/filescavenger-704-421808.php
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GetDataBack for FAT http://www.webattack.com/get/getbackfat.shtml
(FAT) Works Even After FDisk and Format, Can run Over the network.

GetDataBack for NTFS http://www.webattack.com/get/getbacknt.shtml
(NTFS) Works Even After FDisk and Format, Can run Over the network.

Active@ UNDELETE http://www.webattack.com/get/activeundelete.shtml
(FAT 12/16/32 NTFS) Runs From MMC Console

Active@ UNERASER http://www.webattack.com/get/activeuneraser.shtml
(FAT 12/16/32 NTFS) Runs from DOS Bootdisk

FinalData Plus http://www.zdnet.de/downloads/programs/4/7/en10164547-wc.html
(95/98/ME/NT/XP)



************Commercial Products************

File Restore ($39.00)
http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/filerestore.asp

HDR Data Recovery ($485.00) Trail available
http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/8412.html

**********Good Link to More Info***********


http://www.hard-disk-data-recovery.com/datarecovery-pages/data_ntfs_recovery_software.html
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sfjacobs
You have lost the accounts permanently, unless you had a backup and can restore the system state.

The files will still be stored on the machine under "Documents and Settings" where there is a folder for each user. Do a search on the root for a known filename and you should have no trouble finding your lost files.

Cheers

JamesDS
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We used GetDataNT and it worked great.  Thanks.
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do you mean GetDataBack for NTFS?
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ThanQ
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Yes.  GetDataBack for NTFS.

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Fantastic - Glad you got fixed up :)
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