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just deleted a user account, and may have lost valuable file

by gooduser1 / January 14, 2009 12:49 AM PST

Big problem, if anyone can help.

in tweaking around w/ the user accounts, using start-run-"control userpasswords2", I deleted an account, forgetting that it was on that account that I had valuable files (1) on the desktop, and (2) in the emails and favorites. maybe other things as well that I'm just not thinking of right now.

any ideas whether / how it's possible to retrieve?
(even when I'm logged in as administrator now, and I try to click on the old user account's directory in windows explorer, it tells me that access is denied).

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If you can see that directory/folder
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 1:19 AM PST

Then all may not be lost, although I'm surprised any folders are left after you have deleted an account. Be that as it may, this may just be a question of Taking Ownership;;en-us;308421

But beware, if others here say that to recover those files you need to stop writing to the hard disk and start using recovery utilities, then you may be writing to the disk in the meantime.


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Looks like it worked
by gooduser1 / January 14, 2009 7:18 AM PST

Looks like it worked. I am greatly indebted to you, Mark.
Thank you *so* *much*.

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Glad I could help
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 7:10 PM PST
In reply to: Looks like it worked

but I reckon you were lucky, Happy

Nice one though.


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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 1:37 AM PST

But I'd pull the drive, install Recuva on that other machine and slave the drive or put it into some USB case during recovery so I don't write onto that drive.
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by gooduser1 / January 14, 2009 7:21 AM PST
In reply to: Link, comment.

Sounds like the prudent thing to have done, even if I don't know how to have done it. Lucky for me Mark's ownership change worked for this situation.

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