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Local user account gets deleted after joining a computer to the domain

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I have two computer that after joining the domain the local user account is gone.  I can login as local admin and explore the user accounts and their old local account is gone.  The problem is they did not migrate their old "my documents' and they are not available anymore.
Has anyone had this experience and if so were you able to restore the old "my documents" folder?  BTW, no backup.
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Hi Dave - did you look under C:\Documents and Settings?

You may need to take ownership of the folder, but it should be there...

If UserA logs onto a computer, their profile is created under
C:\Documents and Settings\UserA

If the computer later joins the domain, the 'new' profile is
C:\Documents and Settings\UserA.DomainName

NI only ask, because I wasn't sure if you meant the local account or the profile...

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Yeah - the act of joining a domain won't delete local accounts or documents and settings info.

If the workstation isn't using a funky RAID controller - undelete may be an option for recovery if you cannot find the data on the system.

The only thing the above post left out from the path to my documents is: c:\documents and settings\"USERNAME"\My Documents

If you happen to find it - be sure to grab items the users may have left under "Desktop" as well.

Good Luck
One, thing you may want to check out is on the Domain Controller, wherever they are storing the My Documents. Its probally their under a differnt name. But, form what I can gather from your question is the My Documents would have been kept on the Domain Controller. So, hopefully they will still be their.
well if you have joined the pc to any domain and have logged on to the domain then you can get the new user profile at Document and Settings\user1.domainname
what you can do is to copy your document from there to your current  my documents.
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