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wcf59

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One of my user accounts has been deleted. Is there anyway to retrieve the documents that were stored under this account?

Also- I'm using a hp Pavillion desktop. It has several built in drives to read memory cards. These are not working now and are not showing up under "my computer". Any ideas how to restore these. I don't even know what they are named to know what to look for in the device manager.
 

wcf59

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I read trhough that article. The problem is the accouint has been deleted and I have no way of locating it to take ownership.
 

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When a user account is deleted, there is an option to keep or deleted that account's files. If deleting the files was chosen at that point, there's nothing left to find of that account's data.

If the option to keep the files was chosen, there should be a folder, usually on the desktop, with the account's data.
 

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use http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/

follow instructions:

FreeUndelete

FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files.

In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS file system (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT) FreeUndelete is the utility to help.

It is our pleasure to emphasize that FreeUndelete is free. There is no charge, direct or hidden, to download and use a fully functional copy of the program. The program does not install any spyware or adware along with it. It does not populate user's desktop with pop-up ads or forcefully subscribe user to mailing lists.

There are just a few things we ask FreeUndelete users to do:

* Read the Proper Usage Techniques section prior to downloading and using the program. This is important for avoiding further damage to the lost data;
* Comment on the software and make feature requests at FreeUndelete Customer Support page;
* If happy with the utility, share the information about FreeUndelete with others, place a link to FreeUndelete home page, etc.

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Proper Usage Techniques

A deleted file is essentially an area on disk designated as free and ready to accept data (such as contents of some other file). Luckily, unless the area has already been overwritten, it still holds the contents of the deleted file. Due to this fact it is possible to undelete files.

This fact also dictates the following procedure for using FreeUndelete:

1. Minimize (and whenever possible, stop) any activity on the disk you are going to undelete files from! Remember that writing to that disk can damage the contents of the deleted files. Examples of disastrous activity include: copying files to the disk, installing programs there or running programs that use the disk as their swap media.
2. Download and install FreeUndelete. Whenever possible, save the setup executable and install the program to a disk that does not hold files you need to undelete.
3. Run and use FreeUndelete.

Tip: It is common that the only drive user has is C: and this is also the drive from where files need to be undeleted. In that case a good solution is using a USB flash drive as FreeUndelete download and install destination.
 

awalker0878

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Two important things to note :

1. download and install if you can on another volume or drive if you do not it could overwrite the data you are trying to restore
2.Second and most important do not restore file on same drive it will not allow you to attempt a restore on that file in the future if the first attempt fails
 
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