Pull it out, toss it into another machine as a slave and try PC FILE INSPECTOR and www.unerase.com (free demo there.)
If you are running that hard disk, the longer you wait to shut it down the more remote the chances of getting files back.
And yes, they were supposed to vanish given the scenario you provided. NOT A BUG.
Hi, I deleted a user account on my home PC running XP Media Edition. When I originally deleted the account, I chose the "do not delete user files" selection. I have added the user account back into the PC, but now cannot find the original files. Looking for some help on the recovery of these files. Thanks!