What version of Windows were you running on the laptop (XP, Vista, etc)? In XP, the proper path is usually
<drive letter>:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\<username>'s Documents\ .
In Vista, it is normally
<drive letter>:\Users\<user name>\Documents\ . Just replace <user name> with your actual account name.
Assuming this is the path you already tried, you may want to run a hard drive diagnostic such as Sea Tools. If it says your drive is bad, you might need a recovery tool such as Disk Commander to access any missing data.
If this doesn't help, let me know what errors you're getting, and if the drive itself shows up as good in diagnostics.
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I had a fujitsu s7110 laptop and one day, it could not be turned on. I figured there must be something wrong with the motherboard and after calling fujitsu, I figured it would be uneconomical to replace the board. As a result, I got the hard drive removed and turned it into an external.
All the program files remained on my hard drive but My Documents disappeared. Previously I had a password to my user account . I used recuva to search for the lost documents and some of them did show up. I tried typing the path into my computer; however, nothing showed up. I would be grateful if anyone can provide some help to me!