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where have all the files gone

A friend of mine is desperate.He was working when all of a sudden all his files disappeared. The structure is still there but the files are empty."Of course backups are for others".His laptop is a IBM Thinkpad T60 windows XP Pro.
He has tried "Get Data Back" but it cannot find any.
Can it be a virus or some other application which hides all the data.
I would be interested to know if anyone has had this misfortune and if there is any means of recovering the lost data.
Thanks

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Re: files are gone.

In reply to: where have all the files gone

Things to try:
- Boot in Safe Mode. Check the total disc space used (in My Computer) and in each folders properties. Can't be zero for the root and Windows folder (if that's empty, it won't boot). But how is it for, say, Program Files, Documents and Settings and My Documents?
- Boot into Safe mode command prompt and repeat using dir and dir /s. This practically excludes any virus interfering, so you should see what's really on the disk.
- See if files are set to 'hidden'. Attrib is the command for that in command prompt.
- See if you it helps to take ownership (google XP TAKE OWNERSHIP).
- Boot from a Linux Live Cd and see what's on the disk.

We can't see from here, so we rely on your and your friends investigations.

Kees

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In reply to: Re: files are gone.

Thanks for your suggestions which I have relayed to my friend.He will try and keep me informed.I shall keep in touch.
Thanks and best regards
benlsee

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