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Lost files!!!!

by babybunny88 / December 12, 2009 4:57 AM PST

I turned my computer off normally as usual. Then turned it on normally the next day and everything had reset itself without me doing anything to cause that and i lost all my files. I did not do a back up because i wasnt expecting it to every happen. Is there a way to get my files back?

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Re: lost files
by Kees Bakker / December 12, 2009 5:11 AM PST
In reply to: Lost files!!!!

What do you mean with "reset"?

For the moment I assume that for some reason you login in the 'default' profile in stead of your own. And that's empty. While your own profile is still sitting on the hard disk waiting for you to get the files safely out. Have a look in Documents and Settings (if XP) or Users (if Vista or Windows 7).

Of course, things might be more serious. But lets not tackle that now.


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lost files
by babybunny88 / December 13, 2009 3:33 AM PST
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Its reset as if i only just turned it on for the first time and every thing has never been there before. When i turned it on it asked me to set up an account on there. I checked for the files in all the the most likely to find them inich i was told was the most likely to find them in. I checked in documents. i tried logging off and seeing if i was logged into the wrong one but there was only one to log into. It has all completely gone.

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That's strange indeed.
by Kees Bakker / December 13, 2009 3:40 AM PST
In reply to: lost files

From what you tell it seemed an automatic system recovery (back to factory settings) occurred. Usually that needs a few actions from the user, like (on a Dell) booting into ctrl-F11 and clicking OK on a message like "Yes, I'm sure, I DO want go back to factory settings. And, yes, I know I'll lose all my files then.".

The most likely cause is that you had an unfriendly guest that night. Please don't be angry at me if I say so. It really shouldn't happen automatically.

If this really is what happened, you've lost all your files, unless you're willing to pay a professional data recovery company to see what they can recover. Better backup in the future!


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by babybunny88 / December 14, 2009 4:34 AM PST
In reply to: That's strange indeed.

Thanks for your help. i live on my own so no-one else could have done it and i know i didnt do it myself. thankyou. merry xmas

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No real help, I'm afraid.
by Kees Bakker / December 14, 2009 4:36 AM PST
In reply to: thankyou

Maybe find a repair shop and have them have a look for a second opinion. They might see things that you don't see and I can't see from here.


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