Can't find my missing files?

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hatevillain

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I recently experienced a system crash which resulted in Windows being unable to start successfully. Having acquired a new HD and restored my computer, I reconnected the old malfunctioning HD to my now workable desktop. Every file previously located on D drive of the faulty HD remained. Other files located on C drive, specifically Desktop, where I usually save my files, were gone. The system storage space however indicated that the files remain though. (i.e. 50gb of 80gb remaining). I next ran PC inspector on the drive but to no avail. The files are mainly movie files in .avi, previously residing on my desktop. I believe desktop folders are divided for different users.

I believe there are two desktop folders for acer computers, All Users and *insert user name*
C:\Documents and Settings\My Name\Desktop
or
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

The problem is, after reformatting my com with a NEW hard-disk, I now have a NEW user profile. Next, I tried accessing the old desktop folder on my old HD, and found that impossible. Apparently, all the files inside the Desktop folder of my OLD hard-disk have become inaccessible, because they were under a different user profile.

So, how may I retrieve my files? Educate me please.
 
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