audit access to share drive or folder

I have been tasked with finding out when a shared driver/folder has been accessed and by whom.  Auditing is NOT turned on.  Is there another way to gather the required information?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if auditing is not on, you will not get anything historical
if you turn it on now, you will get info on a go-forward basis
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
no, only moving forward with audit on
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Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
As above, you can't audit retrospectively.

your last gasp might be to check the MRU (Most Recently Used) file lists on your suspect's PCs.  There are many places where these are stored.
Here's an article on how to clear the lists (and therefore where they are).
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-get-rid-of-recently-opened-file-lists.html

For instance, here's the reg entry for Word
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\File MRU.

However, be aware, that as the article suggests, these lists can be cleared (in a number of different ways), so a "clean" list is not proof of innocence.  However, a "dirty" list could be proof of guilt!
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sptechAuthor Commented:
Never would have thought to check the MRU lists.  Thanks
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
that would be extremely tedious to go through every user account on every system to do that and check every single entry as to the location if it is where you are looking for
if they cleared the MRU list you would get nowhere
not really any sort of solution
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