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18 Apr 2011   #1

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Lost all my personal docs from my profile

Hi I have lost all my personal documents from my desktop, if i search for folders or documents that i remember were there i can get to some of them, how can i restore these please.

Dave


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18 Apr 2011   #2

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Have you looked in Windows Explorer rather than on the desktop?

Are there some you remember that you cannot find using a good search tool?

Is it possible they were in fact deleted by you or someone else? Or do you think they are just misplaced?

If they are not in the recycle bin and are in fact deleted, you have to use drastic measures like running a file recovery tool, which usually has mixed results.
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18 Apr 2011   #3
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You can try with Shadow Explorer: ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders And a short (but very old) version which I wrote like 3 years ago: Recover Files with Shadow Copies on Any Version of Windows Vista - How-To Geek
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18 Apr 2011   #4

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18 Apr 2011   #5

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I've also had reasonably good results with Recuva, if that's the path you need to take. The secret is though, to recover your data asap. The more you use your PC the less likelihood of a good recovery.
And Howling Wolves types faster than me!!
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18 Apr 2011   #6

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Thanks all, this happened whilst i was working on my pc, im sure the files are still here somewhere only not on my desktop or sat in my profile documents folder. example i have a word document that was in my documents but is no longer there but i can find it from the windows search bar and if i open file location it takes me to my documents but the file is not there. It has been moved to somewhere else but i cant find it but can open the document.

Dave
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18 Apr 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ninja21 View Post
Thanks all, this happened whilst i was working on my pc, im sure the files are still here somewhere only not on my desktop or sat in my profile documents folder. example i have a word document that was in my documents but is no longer there but i can find it from the windows search bar and if i open file location it takes me to my documents but the file is not there. It has been moved to somewhere else but i cant find it but can open the document.

Dave
Look in the Library, Download, Music, Picture or any other folder.
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18 Apr 2011   #8
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Click on the arrow next to Documents, do you see 'My Documents' under Documents, or 'Public Documents'?
It could also be in hidden files and folders.
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18 Apr 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Click on the arrow next to Documents, do you see 'My Documents' under Documents, or 'Public Documents'?
It could also be in hidden files and folders.
Found them in hidden files and folders, now how to get them visable again?

Dave
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18 Apr 2011   #10

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Ive just made them all visable again, thanks for all the help guys.

Dave
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