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Old 06-06-2009
Rob Sadler
 

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Missing files from a "disconnected Location" in documents

Hello,

I had a Vista 32bit machine with custom document locations mapped to a
server that was on the same network. I removed the server not thinking
about the relocated documents folders. The user that the computer
belongs to didn’t think much of it when her documents disappeared
because she had a new user account and there wasn’t much in it. It has
been about a year since the server was removed. The user was
complaining to me that she couldn’t access her music folder from the
start menu. I discovered the problem, the server was removed. I found
a solution online such as this one
http://www.vistax64.com/vista-file-m...er-vista.html”
and fixed the registry in
“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\explorer\Shell”
to %userprofile%.

Great! The issue is solved, wrong.
All the users’ music, pictures, videos, desktop, etc. folders were in a
temporary location.
Is there a way to recover the documents that were stored in a, I guess,
temporary location when the location of the folder was removed?

That was sort of confusing to explain, let me try this -

- All the users documents had the Locations changed to a directory on
computer number 2
- Computer 2 was removed from the network about a year ago
- Since the computer was removed the user has been saving documents to
her desktop
- The desktop folder (among all the other folders in documents) was
mapped to Computer 2 but Computer 2 wasn’t connected to Computer 1
- **Where are these “Desktop” files stored?
- The “location” issue was corrected through regedit
- All the customers files are now missing since the desktop location
has changed back to the computer default of %userprofile%
- **Is there a way to recover these documents?

Thanks,
-Rob


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