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By dwilliams ·
I inadvertently deleted a user's local profile on a client W2K machine. In so doing, I lost their Outlook account as well. Using a hard drive recovery program, I was able to recover to a different harddrive all the deleted files on the client machine. After looking at all the recovered files, I have been unable to locate a .pst file or anything that looks like it might be E-mails and/or Contacts, etc. The client machine unfortunately does not have a curremnt .pst file either. I have spent several hours searching the net for a solution but all my efforts have revealed nothing (other than ". . . everything is lost, there is no way to recover a user's deleted profile . . ." I'm not interested in recovering the profile per say, but would like to recover all the Eimails and other info normally stored in Outlook.

Anybody have any input on this one? Thanks.

Dave Williams

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by lmayeda In reply to Windows Profile and Outlo ...

While looking for a .pst file, make sure that you set the Tool, Folder Options, View, has the Hide Protected Operating Systems files check box is unchecked.
Question: how did you delete the profile and what subsequently occurred that may have overwritten the file space? One of my users aborted a System Defrag program and who knows what it was writing (overwriting) when that happened. Good Luck

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by agency In reply to Windows Profile and Outlo ...

You have to view the profile folders with the folder options set to show all files (including hidden ones). If you look in the user's directory under Local Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Outlook you should find their Outlook .pst file.

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by colkar In reply to Windows Profile and Outlo ...

Dave:

Outlook does not create a .pst file by default. Did the user have a personal folder file setup?
If not all the mail should still be on the exchange server.
Recreate the users Outlook profile and restore settings files.
Profile related settings are stored in %userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\%username%.***

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