|When you attempt to delete a users account, you are WARNED before it is actually deleted by a brief message that ALL the personal data for that user will be deleted. Some people miss that. |
ALL the personal data for that user = ALL the data that's in C:\Documents and Settings\that user\ all that users subfolders and files is deleted and DOES NOT show up in the Recycle Bin.
The only way you can recover that data is to use some sort of Undelete program. The longer you wait, the more likely Windows has already overwritten the location of the files. You get the best results if you DO NOT boot from the Windows installation that you deleted the user on - e.g. install the hard drive internally on another computer, DO NOT boot from your drive, install the Undelete program in Windows on the other computer, have it recover files on your drive.
Testdisk - get the Stable version:
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
Really good, but you have to pay for it.
XpUser4Real offered this recently...
I would suggest you try filescavenger, install the trial version and see what it finds.
You can recover some small files, but you will have to pay for the program to get larger files.