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Can lost documents by recovered?


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After my computer crashed I tried to run the windows repair feature which did not fix the problem so I reinstalled Windowss 2000. Is there any way to recover my documents, where they overwritten or are they still somewhere on the hard drive?
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Depends how you reinstalled Windows.
Did you format the drive from the CD?
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Windows asked me if I wanted to overwrite the existing windows and I chose "yes".
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Assuming the drive wasn't formatted, you should have a folder in C:\Documents and Settings with your old username. In there should be a "<username>'s documents" folder holding all your stuff.

If the only folders in there are All Users and the account you're in now, the machine has been wiped and you've lost the lot, I'm afraid.
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I'd like to give a little extra information on top of this.
IF you did in fact wipe the disk before installing windows (As in the event that Neil Jones described) there are still ways of retrieving data.
BUT, these methods involve sending the hard disk off to specialists which is not cheap, to say the least.
And even then there are chances that you can't recover them.

I just thought you should know about this method, even though that's not usually an option people choose.

Regards,
Olrik
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Thank you all for the assistance, I was able to find everything using the instuctions from Neil. Have a Blessed day!!
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Glad to hear you got it sorted :)
And thanks for letting us know :)

Regards,
Olrik
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