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recover files from deleted user account

April 3, 2010 at 16:51:46
Specs: Windows XP SP2
can I recover files from a deleted user account? (I deleted user account and aferwards did a System retore)

help? Thanks!

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April 3, 2010 at 16:52:34
The files should still be under the user's profile in C:\Documents and Settings. Assuming, of course, that's where the user stored them.


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April 3, 2010 at 16:55:39
the files that i need back were only in the deleted user account...

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April 3, 2010 at 21:22:24
When u delete user account there's a option "keep files" "delete files" which one did u click? If keep files then u should find the files in documents & settings.

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April 4, 2010 at 04:49:52
Did you delete both the account AND the profile?


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April 4, 2010 at 20:59:14
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.



PC Inspector

Testdisk - get the Stable version:

Glary Undelete:


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.

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