Restoring deleted users My Documents folder

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A friend of mine had a tech come out and fix a problem
with her system. His solution was to delete her account
then re-create it. The problem is all her My Documents
folder and sub-folders are gone. If the tech did not
select "create folder on Desktop" when he deleted the
user, is there a tool which will find the deleted files?
I have used about 4 different restore programs and all
seem to find my deleted files but not the old user's My
Document folder or content.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Hi,

    If you've already tried 4 recovery programs, then you are basically out of
    luck. User account data is difficult at best to recover. Another reason why
    periodic backups of critical data is important. Frankly, that was a pretty
    piss-poor way of resolving the issue, you might want to consider a different
    "tech" next time.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Windows
    Windows isn't rocket science! That's my other hobby!
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Navykel" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1b45601c44ff6$70e9b4d0$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > A friend of mine had a tech come out and fix a problem
    > with her system. His solution was to delete her account
    > then re-create it. The problem is all her My Documents
    > folder and sub-folders are gone. If the tech did not
    > select "create folder on Desktop" when he deleted the
    > user, is there a tool which will find the deleted files?
    > I have used about 4 different restore programs and all
    > seem to find my deleted files but not the old user's My
    > Document folder or content.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    As luck had it, she had copied her pics to a photo progam
    and found them. When I tried to duplicate the problem I
    was promted to create a save folder for My Documents. I
    don't understand why someone would "not" do that. Oh well.

    Technically, I wonder what XP does different with users
    data on the hard drive read/write which prevents recovery
    when a user is deleted? I would would think the data is
    still there because nothing as be written over it yet.
    Odd.


    kel
    >-----Original Message-----
    >Hi,
    >
    >If you've already tried 4 recovery programs, then you
    are basically out of
    >luck. User account data is difficult at best to recover.
    Another reason why
    >periodic backups of critical data is important. Frankly,
    that was a pretty
    >piss-poor way of resolving the issue, you might want to
    consider a different
    >"tech" next time.
    >
    >--
    >Best of Luck,
    >
    >Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Windows
    >Windows isn't rocket science! That's my other hobby!
    >http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone
    >www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    >"Navykel" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message
    >news:1b45601c44ff6$70e9b4d0$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    >> A friend of mine had a tech come out and fix a problem
    >> with her system. His solution was to delete her account
    >> then re-create it. The problem is all her My Documents
    >> folder and sub-folders are gone. If the tech did not
    >> select "create folder on Desktop" when he deleted the
    >> user, is there a tool which will find the deleted
    files?
    >> I have used about 4 different restore programs and all
    >> seem to find my deleted files but not the old user's My
    >> Document folder or content.
    >
    >
    >.
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Hi,

    It doesn't do anything different with deleted data than any other version of
    Windows or most other OS's for that matter. The space is simply marked as
    available, even though the data still exists (which is the premise most
    freeware undelete utilities use). The problem is that every usage of the
    machine overwrites this free space, and evidentally this had occured on this
    machine at this particular instance in time. Why that space was used is
    unknown, but it was. Recovery beyond that point would require a forensic
    specialist familiar with the expensive recovery tools necessary to recollate
    the data - and it wouldn't be cheap.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Windows
    Windows isn't rocket science! That's my other hobby!
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org

    <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1b79c01c450af$0e151ca0$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > As luck had it, she had copied her pics to a photo progam
    > and found them. When I tried to duplicate the problem I
    > was promted to create a save folder for My Documents. I
    > don't understand why someone would "not" do that. Oh well.
    >
    > Technically, I wonder what XP does different with users
    > data on the hard drive read/write which prevents recovery
    > when a user is deleted? I would would think the data is
    > still there because nothing as be written over it yet.
    > Odd.
    >
    >
    > kel
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Hi,
    > >
    > >If you've already tried 4 recovery programs, then you
    > are basically out of
    > >luck. User account data is difficult at best to recover.
    > Another reason why
    > >periodic backups of critical data is important. Frankly,
    > that was a pretty
    > >piss-poor way of resolving the issue, you might want to
    > consider a different
    > >"tech" next time.
    > >
    > >--
    > >Best of Luck,
    > >
    > >Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Windows
    > >Windows isn't rocket science! That's my other hobby!
    > >http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone
    > >www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >
    > >"Navykel" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message
    > >news:1b45601c44ff6$70e9b4d0$a301280a@phx.gbl...
    > >> A friend of mine had a tech come out and fix a problem
    > >> with her system. His solution was to delete her account
    > >> then re-create it. The problem is all her My Documents
    > >> folder and sub-folders are gone. If the tech did not
    > >> select "create folder on Desktop" when he deleted the
    > >> user, is there a tool which will find the deleted
    > files?
    > >> I have used about 4 different restore programs and all
    > >> seem to find my deleted files but not the old user's My
    > >> Document folder or content.
    > >
    > >
    > >.
    > >
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