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Recover Lost Files using Recuva:

  • Download and install Recuva from here
  • Run Recuva and in the wizard that pops up, click Next and then click the radio button next to Other and click Next
  • Leave the I'm not sure button selected and click Next
  • Click the Start button
  • After a few moments it should show you the results
  • Click on Advanced Mode and click Options...
  • Under Interface click the drop down menu next to View mode and select Tree View
  • Click the + next to C:\ and click the + next to Users
  • Check the box next to each user that you wish to restore
  • Do the same for ProgramData as it may have been removed as well (though it likely was not)

Please let me know if that brought them back or not.

Thanks :)

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It may, that link is what is referred to as a "Hard Link". It isn't really your pictures folder, but redirects to it because in Vista and Windows 7, the My Pictures folder is actually just called "Pictures". Recover that file and see if your pictures show back up or not.

Please let me know how it goes.

Thanks :)

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OK, I suspect I know what's going on. I think the files are still there, but Windows isn't pointing to them correctly any more. The following should tell us if I'm correct:

  • Click on START and click Computer
  • Open Users
  • Open the Annabelle folder
  • Look for your My Documents, My Music, My Pictures and My Videos folders. If you they're there, open them and see if your files are still present.

Please let me know what you find.

Thanks :)

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Here it is:

 Volume in drive C is OS
Volume Serial Number is 6229-15E4

Directory of C:\

26/03/2011 16:42 <DIR> ATI
10/06/2009 22:42 24 autoexec.bat
10/06/2009 22:42 10 config.sys
27/07/2009 18:47 <DIR> DELL
26/05/2009 14:59 <DIR> Drivers
27/07/2009 19:52 <DIR> Hauppauge
21/07/2009 19:24 <DIR> Intel
17/04/2011 16:30 <DIR> Malwarebytes
29/03/2011 18:37 <DIR> PCDr
14/07/2009 03:37 <DIR> PerfLogs
20/05/2011 19:44 <DIR> Program Files
20/02/2011 13:23 361 rkill.log
26/04/2010 20:21 <DIR> SmartDraw 2010
08/04/2011 19:33 296 sqmnoopt00.sqm
08/04/2011 19:35 200 sqmnoopt01.sqm
08/04/2011 19:37 296 sqmnoopt02.sqm
08/04/2011 19:39 296 sqmnoopt03.sqm
08/04/2011 19:41 296 sqmnoopt04.sqm
29/07/2009 19:08 594 updatedatfix.log
16/05/2011 13:17 <DIR> URSoft
20/05/2011 21:06 <DIR> Users
18/05/2011 19:52 <DIR> Windows
9 File(s) 2,373 bytes
13 Dir(s) 490,876,354,560 bytes free

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and:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
AppData REG_EXPAND_SZ %APPDATA%
Cache REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
Cookies REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
Desktop REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
Favorites REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Favorites
History REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History
Local AppData REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local
My Music REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Music
My Pictures REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Pictures
My Video REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Videos
NetHood REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
Personal REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Documents
Programs REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Recent REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
SendTo REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
Startup REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Start Menu REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Templates REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
PrintHood REG_EXPAND_SZ %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Common Desktop REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Desktop
Common Documents REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Documents
CommonPictures REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Pictures
CommonMusic REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Music
CommonVideo REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Videos
{3D644C9B-1FB8-4f30-9B45-F670235F79C0} REG_EXPAND_SZ %PUBLIC%\Downloads
Common Start Menu REG_EXPAND_SZ %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Common Programs REG_EXPAND_SZ %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Common Startup REG_EXPAND_SZ %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Common AppData REG_EXPAND_SZ %ProgramData%
Common Templates REG_EXPAND_SZ %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

ALLUSERSPROFILE=C:\ProgramData
asl.log=Destination=file;OnFirstLog=command,environment
CommonProgramFiles=C:\Program Files\Common Files
COMPUTERNAME=FAMILY
ComSpec=C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe
DFSTRACINGON=FALSE
FP_NO_HOST_CHECK=NO
HOMEDRIVE=C:
HOMEPATH=\Users\Andrew
LOGONSERVER=\\FAMILY
NUMBER_OF_PROCESSORS=4
OS=Windows_NT
Path=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\DLLShared\;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Shared;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live
PATHEXT=.COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.JSE;.WSF;.WSH;.MSC
PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE=x86
PROCESSOR_IDENTIFIER=x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7, GenuineIntel
PROCESSOR_LEVEL=6
PROCESSOR_REVISION=1707
ProgramData=C:\ProgramData
ProgramFiles=C:\Program Files
PROMPT=$P$G
PSModulePath=C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\
PUBLIC=C:\Users\Public
RoxioCentral=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\Roxio Central36\
SESSIONNAME=Console
SystemDrive=C:
SystemRoot=C:\Windows
TEMP=C:\Users\Andrew\AppData\Local\Temp
TMP=C:\Users\Andrew\AppData\Local\Temp
TRACE_FORMAT_SEARCH_PATH=\\NTREL202.ntdev.corp.microsoft.com\4F18C3A5-CA09-4DBD-B6FC-219FDD4C6BE0\TraceFormat
USERDOMAIN=Family
USERNAME=Andrew
USERPROFILE=C:\Users\Andrew
windir=C:\Windows

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OK, that's what I figured. This is tough, but we should be able to fix it.

The first step is to copy all of your documents/files from your user account to a safe place, such as a folder on your Dad's desktop. Call it something like Backup etc. so you know what it is.

Navigate to C:\Users and copy your folders from there to the Backup folder (you'll want to grab your Documents folder, Pictures folder, Videos folder, Music folder and Favorites folder).

Once that is done, let me know. The next step will give you a user account and also should correct the original issue you were experiencing, but I need you to have your stuff backed up first.

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Excellent :)

Time for the next step then:

  • Click on the Start vista-7-start.png button and select Control Panel
  • Click on Add or remove user accounts which is listed under User Accounts and Family Safety

Once you're there, let me know if your old user account (Annabelle) is still listed or not.

Thanks :)

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Excellent, that's what I expected. Time to remove the old Annabelle folder. Go to C:\Users and delete the Annabelle folder, clicking Continue or Allow if prompted.

Let me know how it goes and then we'll move on to the next step, which will be re-creating your user account :).

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I'm deleting the 'Annabelle' folder now - and a popup has come up saying 'The file [mixture of letters & numbers] is a system file. If you remove it, Windows or another program may not work correctly' Should I click yes to delete it? :huh:

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