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Solved Motherboard changed, any way to recover old files?

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  1. Chertoff

    Chertoff Thread Starter

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    Hello there.

    Recently I changed my motherboard and processor. In this process, I haven't lost the files in my various hard drives but there is an issue.

    I used to have two user accounts, namely 'Administrator' and 'Home'. The engineer which changed the motherboard saved the documents, files and pictures of 'Home' user but didn't save the documents of 'Administrator' user.

    Is there any way I can have the My Documents, Pictures and some files of the 'Administrator' user account even after the motherboard has changed?
     
  2. lochlomonder

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    Files aren't saved on a motherboard; they're saved on the attached drives. Did he do anything to change the drives in any way, e.g. reinstall the OS?
     
  3. Chertoff

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    Yep, he reinstalled the OS apparently.
     
  4. lochlomonder

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    Okay, if the OS has been re-installed then the files saved under the Administrator profile will be gone.
     
  5. Chertoff

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    Okay. Though he backed up the other profile's files, would it be anyhow possible to get the files of Administrator profile as well?
     
  6. lochlomonder

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    If he only backed up the other profile and didn't back up the Administrator profile, the answer's "no".
     
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    Yes, if he (the engineer) had know that this Administrator account was being used for files and etc. But since no one told them it was being used, there is no reason even consider it. And now no one can not go back to the old system and get them.

    If there is a Windows.old folder on the system now, the administrator file and folders just may be there.

    This just another reason to never use the built in Administrator account as a normal account.
    It is to be used ONLY to get in and fix things that one can not with the normal Admin type of account.
     
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  8. Chertoff

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    That's pretty much right. Apparently I should have backed up the data and/or inform the engineer.

    Thanks for your assistance Iochlomonder and DaveA.
     
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