Lost all my files!!

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ayesha_ana

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please can you help

I'm running windows 98 SE and was adding a new user profile when my own was accidently deleted. I have lost all my files (mp3s, Photo's, letters etc)
I have searched everywhere I can think of but can't find anything that was under my user profile. Is it all lost forever or is there some way to recover this missing info. :mad:
 
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If you delete a user profile it is just like deleting the files from the hard drive. If you created a new profile the files should still be there. The only way you can get them back is with a data recovery program if they are truely deleted.
 
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If all the siles you think you lost were saved to the DESKTOP of your profile, then yes, those files are lost. HOWEVER! If the files you lost were simply in a folder that was on your hard drive somewhere and you had a shortcut on the desktop to that folder, then your files are still there!

to test this, try searching for this " .mp3" you don't have to put any names in front of the " .mp3", because the computer will search for and find any file that has an mp3 extension.

Try this and let us know!
 
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Do your best not to write to the drive, downloading programs, uninstalling, deleting anything else, etc,

You can attempt to recover them using this freeware program called 'Pc Inspector' File Recovery

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See if you can find that user profile in the registry:

Click Start / Run / Regedit, and click OK.

Navigate to the following key by clicking on the + sign for each successive folder till you come to ProfileList:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

When you open the ProfileList folder, you see several folders, each of which belongs to a different user. These folders are named according to the user security IDs (SIDs) and not according to the user names.

To locate your user profile folder, use one of the following options:

For each folder, click the folder, and then look for the ProfileImagePath value that contains the path to your user profile (such as %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username).

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In Regedit, click on EDIT, then FIND,
Type your user name in the Find box, select the 'Data' check box, and click Find.

After you locate the folder for your user profile, double-click the ProfileImagePath value.

In the Value data box, change the path to the profile folder that you are restoring, and click OK. All this assumes you even find it, but it's worth checking out,

:)
 
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