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I need help!!!! Today, I started my computer, and my entire "My Documents" folder has been wiped out with all my documents. It's as if I'm logged in as a different user or something, and I don't know how to get it back to what it was before.... Any suggestions?? I should have backed up all my files. Any help would be appreciated.

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The My Documents folder's properties show that the folder was created last night. It seems like last night, something happened, and the My documents folder got re-created and now it has nothing in it. I have no idea what happened. I tried searching the entire C: drive for one document that used to be in there and no longer exists. It's as if I am under a different user or something with a different My Documents folder... but we don't have multiple users on the computer. Any other ideas?
 

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Even if you were a different user, it would not erase the previous one's My Documents. If that happened by default, every time you created a new user, all the previous users would lose their documents. Fortunately this is not what happens.

You might try one of any number of file recovery programs available. Until you do, I wouldn't do much with the computer. It is likely that the space being taken up by one of the deleted files (if that's what happened) will be overwritten.
 

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Are there in fact any new user accounts in your Documents and Settings folder?

Thses recovery programs are free. But if possible, you should not use the partition containing the lost files at all. If anything is written to that partition, it may be written over the top of any files that are missing, destroying them. It would be best to connect your drive to a another machine as a secondary so that the drive is not used. Even an expanding pagefile can wipe lost documents.

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/welcome.htm
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/ (NTFS only)
 

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I've got a drive that decided to make my personal folder in "Documents and Settings" to become "not accessible" and "Access is denied" DRAT!

I immediately put the drive into another computer (as a secondary drive, so as to not write anything on it) so that I don't damage it any further, and have attempted to recover files on this munged drive. I have tried the typical disk fix routines that MS provides on the drive properties. I have tried the PCInspector File_Recovery (mentioned above), I even tried Norton Disk Doctor 2.0. Nothing seems to work. I am getting really frustrated with this.

I can get into all the other user folders in that drives "Documents and Settings" folder, just not this one! As soon as I click on it I get those messages.

When I run PCInspector, on that drive, I get an access violation and then the program hangs.
Running Norton Disk Doc checks the file structures and indexes and a few other things and doesn't find anything wrong.

Anybody have another recommendation for file recovery?
 

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You got me thinking Mav, and thanks a lot! You were right. I knew I had a permissions problem but I never tried to reset them, nor did I know I could, in the Safe mode.

I did a 'props' on the munged folder, and saw that no one had permissions to that folder. So I "grabbed" ownership, and forced it on all the child objects there. So now I can see all the files again, and I copied them out to another place. Great!

Later I'll write then all off to a CD and keep them in a safe place. Wow, I sure am glad to get those files back! Thanks again.
 

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It was weird....* it's like our whole My Documents folder got reset by the system.... when you go in there, there's a folder that says "My Pictures" and it has sample pictures on it.... But all of our documents on the desktop are fine, as well as the programs. It was only the "My Documents folder that went. But for some reason, it looks like the My Documents folder was reset. Any ideas why it would do this and how to get back my original setting?
 

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Each day when I start up my computer I make a restore point for
System Restore in case of a screw-up. That has bailed me out numberous times, so see when your last restore point that was made by your computer
and go-back to that point and your My Documents will be there.
 

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Have you tried the recovery software? Any new accounts listed in D&S?
 

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I don't believe that MS Restore gets back any of the "My Documents" items. I believe that restore just gets back any drivers that were in place at the time of the restore, and also removes any new installs of software added since the restore (assuming that the software added entries into the registry - otherwise, not even that).

It essentially restores the OS, not the users. But, not ever using the Restore, I have no actual knowledge, one way or the other. Just an educated guess (at least I like to think so :) ).
 

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If your log-on profile gets corrupt in XP (and unfortunately it happens), all data under the "My Documents" tree can be lost.

The simple answer is to never store the info there, create a new folder under C:\ and use that. Unless you need the security provided by My Documents on a PC that others log on to, there is no good reason to use My Documents.
 
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