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Recovering an Overwritten User Profile

By tknorris ·
I have a user who caused his NT user profile to be overwritten by creating a local machine account and giving this account a profile path (from User Manager) that pointed to his domain profile directory. He then logged off and logged back on (as the local user)and received a message that his local profile was more current then his roaming one and was prompted if he wanted to use the local profile. He should have said no, but he said yes and overwrote his profile. Needless to say he lost a lot of data. Is there any way to recover his old profile? Note: We do not implement roaming profiles (the user should have never put a path in the user profile field for the local account he created).

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by scottc In reply to Recovering an Overwritten ...

All User Profiles, and the names that were being used are stored under

c:\Winnt\Profiles\????

Depending on what data was lost, you may be able to retrieve it through Explorer. If not, you might try copying the ntuser.dat file from the old user profile directory into the new profile and see if it brings in the data you're looking for. What type of data was lost? Files? Settings? Desktop Shortcuts?

Hope this helps....
Scott

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by uru_98 In reply to Recovering an Overwritten ...

If you made backups of the server where the user saved his profile, check there. The problem in restoring a lost profile is that as soon as the user logs off, it deletes the entire contents of the server profile folder and copies the contents from the local profile folder up.

Other than that, you can serch for shareware on download.com that claims to be able to retreive lost data. I never used one so I cant say what is good or not.


Good Luck and remember.. MAKE BACKUPS hehe

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by uru_98 In reply to Recovering an Overwritten ...

One more thing...

I assume that what the user did was put his home directory in the profile path, therfore he lost all of his documents. Just a suggestion to anyone that reads this... If you are going to make a roaming profile that will be in theuser's home directory (home directory being \\servername\%username%), make the profile path look something like this.. \\servername\%username%\profile

This way the profile information is kept seperate from the rest of the user's documents that also reside in the home directory.

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