You may have to use a third-party data recovery tool to get back the data. I'd seek a professional data recovery service if the data is extremely important.
To prevent such problems in future, fix the Disk Cleanup handler. See:
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"Cap''''n Bazza" <CapnBazza@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:2891AA6A-CB67-41FE-A5A7-062D870BB726@microsoft.com...
Hate to say this but I too ran Disk Cleanup because the Microsoft website
advised that I should and it appears to have cleaned up most of my data files
(about 120GB) including photos, CDs, Movies my e-mail messages etc. It has
left a very few jpgs, mostly covers of the CDs, and some pdf files but all my
important stuff is gone.
I wish I had a clone drive but I haven't. This is my'"D" drive, fortunately
my "C" Drive is not affected this time.
About a year ago I cleaned the "C" drive and that killed all my program
files including my Windows XP system.
Did you find a way to restore your files?
> Ran Disk cleanup on my home premium. When it was done all my data files
> and about half my programs were trashed. When I rebooted I found it also
> trashed the boot system. Had to run a fix install.
> I have a clone drive so everything was backed up and I can re-install
> the programs... but apparently no one should ever run Disk Cleanup... is
> this true? I notice simlar things happend in this newsgroup.
> Also... I use Final Recovery and afterwards it couldn't even find any of
> the "deleted" files. I wonder what Disk Cleanup did with them?