I deleted a profile on a computer and now I need to get that data back!

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Spin, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Spin

    Spin Guest

    Gurus,

    Using the properties of My Computer > Advanced tab . Profiles button, I
    deleted a profile a shouldn't have. Inside that profile's My Documents
    directory were a lot of important files. I had no data backup,
    unfortunately.

    Is there a tool available that will allow one to restore a deleted profile?
    Sorry about the cross-post but I wanted to get this out in front of as many
    knowledgeable people as possible.
     
    Spin, Jul 19, 2006
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  2. Spin

    Jim Macklin Guest

    The data is still there, you need to "take ownership" of the
    files and folders that were associated with that profile.
    You need to use an administrator account to do this.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421



    | Gurus,
    |
    | Using the properties of My Computer > Advanced tab .
    Profiles button, I
    | deleted a profile a shouldn't have. Inside that profile's
    My Documents
    | directory were a lot of important files. I had no data
    backup,
    | unfortunately.
    |
    | Is there a tool available that will allow one to restore a
    deleted profile?
    | Sorry about the cross-post but I wanted to get this out in
    front of as many
    | knowledgeable people as possible.
    |
    | --
    | Spin
    |
    |
     
    Jim Macklin, Jul 19, 2006
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  3. Have you done a system restore to a point before your goof?

    Michael
     
    Michael Walraven, Jul 19, 2006
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  4. Spin

    RA Guest

    Is that true for documents in the My Documents folder of the account that
    was deleted? Where would you find that data to take ownership of it?
     
    RA, Jul 19, 2006
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  5. Do not De-fragment the drive, and use undelete to restore the deleted files.

    Deleting files does not actually delete them, it hides them and marks them
    to be overwritten.

    This one is freeware and I have used it before.
    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

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    Kevin D. Goodknecht Sr. [MVP], Jul 19, 2006
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  6. I forgot to mention, restore the files to a different drive, I found out the
    hard way, if you restore them to the same drive they will start overwriting
    themselves.

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    Kevin D. Goodknecht Sr. [MVP], Jul 19, 2006
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    Jim Macklin Guest

    Yes, along the path or by searching for file extensions.

    Also,another suggested a system restore



    "RA" <none> wrote in message
    | Jim Macklin wrote:
    | > The data is still there, you need to "take ownership" of
    the
    | > files and folders that were associated with that
    profile.
    | > You need to use an administrator account to do this.
    | >
    | > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    | >
    | Is that true for documents in the My Documents folder of
    the account that
    | was deleted? Where would you find that data to take
    ownership of it?
    |
    |
     
    Jim Macklin, Jul 19, 2006
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  8. Spin

    RA Guest

    That is good to know for future screw ups. I have used system restore with
    very nice results and I have used recovery apps with pretty good results but
    I have never tried to search for documents from a deleted profile.
     
    RA, Jul 19, 2006
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  9. Whoops...
    There may be a miscommunication here.

    Did the ACCOUNT get deleted or the PROFILE?
    If the profile is what got deleted (as I understood from OP) then the data
    is still there, just the user customizations (desktop etc.) got
    cleared. As soon as that user logs on again a new default profile will be
    created. (I just tried this to confirm on one of my accounts).

    If the ACCOUNT was deleted then there was a question asked about if the
    information should be deleted. If the OP said yes
    I think the data has really gone (file recovery programs may get a lot back
    depending on how much activity has occured
    in the file system since then.)
     
    Michael Walraven, Jul 19, 2006
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  10. <?xml version="1.0" >
    <immature>
    Pwned yourself.
    </immature>
    </xml>
     
    Strike Rapier, Jul 19, 2006
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  11. What a typo, blame my fat fingered huntin'-and-a-peckin'

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    Kevin D. Goodknecht Sr. [MVP], Jul 19, 2006
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    Jim Macklin Guest

    Actually, system restore was mentioned as a fix to restore
    the deleted profile, I just added the note because another
    poster suggested system restore. It doesn't "find files" my
    being in a hurry caused the confusion.


    "RA" <none> wrote in message
    | Jim Macklin wrote:
    | > Yes, along the path or by searching for file extensions.
    | >
    | > Also,another suggested a system restore
    |
    | That is good to know for future screw ups. I have used
    system restore with
    | very nice results and I have used recovery apps with
    pretty good results but
    | I have never tried to search for documents from a deleted
    profile.
    |
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | > "RA" <none> wrote in message
    | > | >> Jim Macklin wrote:
    | >>> The data is still there, you need to "take ownership"
    of the
    | >>> files and folders that were associated with that
    profile.
    | >>> You need to use an administrator account to do this.
    | >>>
    | >>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
    | >>>
    | >> Is that true for documents in the My Documents folder
    of the account
    | >> that was deleted? Where would you find that data to
    take ownership
    | >> of it?
    |
    |
     
    Jim Macklin, Jul 20, 2006
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