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.

Good luck!

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