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How to recover a deleted profile on WindowsXP Pro when connecting to Windows2003 server?

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Hello team,

I'm an automation tech and I was optimizing a computer for one of the employees here.  The machine is using Windows XP Pro and is on a domain using Windows2003 Server.

Several employees use this workstation that shouldn't be, so every new person that logs in it creates a profile for that person. (we are not using roaming profiles).  So I made part of the performance optimization to be removing unecessary profiles.

Well I have deleted the profile of the person who is actually authorized to use the workstation and should have a profile.  How can I get this profile back?  I need everything back.

Already tried a system restore.  Already tried several recovery programs, like "Disk Investigator" or "Handy Recovery."  none of them are recovering the actually profile or any of the information that was in the profile.  What are my options?
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Chances are not great - remove the disk from the machine. Put it as a slave in another machine and use GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/ to recover the data. the free verion will show what is recoverable - you need to buy a licnce to actually recover the data.

Its importnat you put the drive as a slave in another machine and that you do not write anything to the disk or uou may overwrite the data you are trying to recover
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thats great, but I have good news.  Apparently I didn't empty the recycling bin.  And the confusion was because the particular person had recently changed her last name.  So the profile I didn't think I had, I actually had because it was her maiden name!  so I give God the praise, this was a very important person.

So I didn't need to do any recovery methods.  But because of your comment you still deserve some credit.  I'll provide some points but this question should be deleted because it might not help anyone if they are searching the database.

zbox
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Thanks for your help KCTS!
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