Enter an Administrator account after boot, or enter Admin from Safe Mode, and then run a Search on the entire drive, looking for the folder, or a known filename within the folder. The link may be invalid now, but the data may still be there.
Second is to boot into a Linux distro like Mint 17, use the mate-search-tool (available from the Menu) to search for the folder, or a file in it, and also be able to transfer the files from one folder to another.
Corruption caused Vista to open in a temporary user. While in this state someone dragged and dropped our documents folder to the desktop of the temp user. Ive had corruption problem addressed by IT expert but i cannot now see that folder the shortcut is there but its like the file has been deleted, IT man has done restore / search and says not in deleted folder but i cannot access , help please?? not backed up !is now though !