Lost all my files, cannot locate them

September 16, 2010 at 19:57:10
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, my computer runs on Windows Xp and it is pretty old (before 2005). So today my wireless signal went away so i right-clicked on the icon on the lower right corner of my screen and clicked on repair. It then said that it couldn't "Enable your wireless adapter" so I restarted my computer by holding down the power button to shut it off and then I turned it back on. When it came to the "Welcome" screen a message said that it could not read my profile with a 20 second countdown, so I clicked OK and then it loaded what it seemed my profile, but all my files were gone. My music, my videos, everything. And it seemed as if it had created a new profile, but it had the same name as the one before and same avatar picture as well. So I tried looking for them on my Local Disk (C:) but I couldnt find them. What is wierd is that I still have the same amount of Used Space on my Hard Drive, which makes me think all my files are still there, I just cannot locate them. So if anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it.

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September 17, 2010 at 00:45:56
Try System Restore, I have had good results using this way or Safe Mode, different to Last Known Good Configuration in Safe Mode.
System Restore is accessed the following way:
1. It's a good practice to shut down all other applications before using System Restore, as it requires a full-system reboot to complete the installation. Connecting to the internet is not required, however. So shut all applications. Then click "Start."
2. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Then the program will load.
If System Restore doesn't work in Normal Mode, it might work in Safe Mode.
Toggle F8 or Press Ctrl ( depends on your comp ) during bootup ( just before, verifying DMI pool, message comes on )
Select Safe Mode.


Fix, Recover, Restore and Repair Windows XP When a PC/Computer Crashes or Fails to Boot - The Different Ways/Methods to Recover and Repair Windows XP
Windows XP System Restore Guide
System Restore is a feature of Windows XP that allows you to restore your computer to a previous known working state in the event of a problem. This is done without loss of personal files or data such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, music, images, etc. This feature is enabled by default and runs in the background making backups after certain events happen on your computer. System restore functions are only available to an administrator of the computer, therefore if you are not an administrator, you will not be able to follow this tutorial.
How do I restore Windows XP back to an earlier copy?
When restoring the computer to an earlier date, the Windows XP system restore option will not erase any of your data. However, if any programs were installed since that date, it is possible that the program settings may be lost.
How to Handle Disaster Recovery with Windows Xp's System Restore
There are some consequences to using this program, however they are not that bad considering the program ultimately saves you from disaster. The main consequence is that any piece of software you installed since the snapshot was taken will have to be reinstalled in order to operate correctly. Next, and settings (such as your wallpaper, Favorites, etc) that you have changed since the snapshot was taken will be lost. Any personal files such as music, pictures, and office documents will still be on the system, and thankfully not lost.


How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP

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September 17, 2010 at 00:51:27
A few more possibles.

Lost or Corrupt User Profile
Create a new account/administrator profile and log in. Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\[Previous User Profile] and copy all folders to: C:\Documents and Settings\[New User Profile]. Then reboot.
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile


Windows XP Problems if Your Profile Is Damaged
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