My Documents My Music, etc GONE after regedit

November 8, 2010 at 05:15:06
Specs: Windows 7, 2.699 GHz / 759 MB
All the files in my users folder are gone!!!. I was reading up on how to change the physical location of my users folder in windows 7, so I went to regedit, HKLM-Software-WindowsNT-CurrentVersion-profileList and changed the Profile image path to point to a second partition. Did all this while logged on as another "Temp" user. I relogged on as my regular name, and the regedit settings did not complete somehow, because I was notified that my users folder was a temp one. I dont remenber the exact notification, but that is not my problem. If I Navigate to the location on my computer where I wanted to "move" my user folder to, it is now GONE!!! This location had all my existing documents, music, pictures and my life!!! About 20GB of data. Even in "my computer", the available space of that drive is increased indicating that that folder was somehow deleted.
Now I know that files aren't really deleted until written over, so id there a way to get thiese files back?

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#1
November 8, 2010 at 05:45:07
Did you look in the recycle bin? Are you sure the files are not just moved and not accessible to you any longer? Log in as an administrator and search for file names you know were present. You may not be able to access them but should be able to find out if they are still present.

If not then try using a utility called recuva. Get it at the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#2
November 8, 2010 at 06:48:15
sorry to say, this is another case of fooling with the registry when the PC was running fine, just added another problem LOL....oh well, lesson learned. Water under the bridge now.

As well as Recuva, you may want to try the trial of filescavenger
Run it and see what pics and documents can be salvaged. They only allow small files to be recovered but at least you will see if the pics are still on there. I don't say you should buy the program nor do i endorse it...just that it will let you know if the files are there.

Recuva is free and that would be the one to use if it can find them. there are probably other free ones to use also, just google for them.

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#3
November 8, 2010 at 07:46:15
Thanks I shut my computer down in the mean time, (At work now) to prevent anything from being written over those deleted files. The files somehow definitely got deleted. I found a link form ehow, and downloaded this program called Undelete. They said it was free. It searched and found my files so I clicked the button to restore, and low and behold I have to pay for that. So now that I know they are there and possibly recoverable, does anyone have any good suggestions for a good, preferably free, program that will restore my files? Also, if possible, a program that will restore the folders and subfolders that they were located in. The program listed above seems like it would just restore all files to a predetermined folder, which is better than nothing, but I have 7000+ files to restore and sorting through them all to organize and categorize them would be a real pain!

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#4
November 8, 2010 at 07:56:04
buratti, recuva was suggested...did you try that yet?

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#5
November 9, 2010 at 18:18:25
sorry for the delayed response. Recuva did work for 99% of the files, but wouldn't you know that that 1% was (only 2 files) the most important files I needed to recover. Each of those 2 files that were unrecoverable were NOT because they have been overwritten, but because Recuva (and some similar other software) stated they were 0 bite file size, when in fact each of those files were LARGE .iso files.

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#6
November 9, 2010 at 19:34:17
As they said, we all live and learn. The next time you want to move a file, cut and paste (or copy and paste, make sure that it copied OK and then delete the original.
More important, implement a backup strategy. Many prefer an external hard drive as a back up destination for security reasons to protect against infection of the back up drive, I prefer adding another internal hard drive and setting an automatic back up at least once a week.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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