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Accidental Deletion Of Files


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#1 itchycoo

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 07:13 AM

I share my pc with a flatmate, we each have a passord although I am the main user. I switched on yesterday to find my password reset and all my files gone. Photos, uni notes, personal diary, everything i had saved. My flatmates info is still there. Could she have accidently done something to my part of the memory? Is there a way of getting my info back or is it gone forever, my recycle bin says it's empty, I am heartbroken, all my photos and uni papers.
Running Windows XP home edition.
Does anyone know about this password thing, will I be able to find my stuff? :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 07:21 AM

Sign on as administartor and explore the drive to see if there is a profile for you that isn't showing up when you sign on with your username.

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 07:41 AM

I am the administrator and thats what's wrong, any idea if this could have happened accidently or what.

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 08:19 AM

there is a difference between logging in as 'administrator' and logging on as a user with 'administrator' rights, do you mean you can't log into your user account with your usual logon name because the password has been reset?

if you start your computer in safe mode, a logon for 'administrator' should appear. if you log on to this account with an administrator password, you should then be able to reset your own logon password back to what it was, and hopefully then see you own files, etc. if you never set an 'administrator' password when installing windows, then try clicking the administrator icon without a password and you should get in.

if, once you have reset you own login password and logged in as normal, you find your photos, files, etc, are gone, you could try a recovery programe to see if you can restore your stuff. as i rarely use these programmes i'll leave it for someone more knowledgeable about them to maybe recommend one!

it is always wise to make regular backups for situations such as these. there could be many reasons why such a thing could happen. the main thing to do is learn from the experience and back up everything.

good luck

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 08:23 AM

How did you login if your password was reset?
How did you know what it was?

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 06:46 AM

I'm using my Mum's computer at this time. Sorry I 'm a bit confused, I'm fairly new at this, I will try the "safe mode" thing and see what happens. I will let you know how I get on, it will be a couple of days before I get home to my computer :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 03:57 PM

I'm confused here:

You say:

1) The password on your computer has changed

2) You cannot log on

3) Your files are gone

Questions: How do you know your files are gone if you cannot log onto the computer? Were these files in shared folders? Your documents would not be visible from your flatmate's account if hers is a user account. Only administrator account users can view all the documents. Likewise, the contents of your recycle bin would not be visible from her account. Consequently, if you were looking at the computer from your flatmate's account, you would not see your files unless they were shared.

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