Disappeared all the data, but disk C is still as full as it was before.

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    ..When I was using data recovery software and looking for some file all of my desktop icons suddenly became kind a transparent and my user was not my administrative user..I was able to save anything I want on desktop-but my old files on desktop still were very light , like when u are cutting a file to paste it somewhere….I went to see C/ user.. where I could not find one of my users..And on the top of all this today I noticed that all my current files are empty and even when I go C/ user/ desktop – files are empty there as well….I cant believe that all this is happening..I already restored my laptop for a few earlier time points, but it didn’t do any good….So why my disk C/ properties still showing that it is as full as it was before this disaster..Can anyone help me..If I am not the one who can change this situation , can an IT specialist do for me anything…Even all my saved favorites have gone...It is like a different user..but my old user gone somewhere...
    ..PLease help...
     
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    Have no idea WHAT data recovery SW you were using, but I've only used apps from Runtime Software -- and found them to be very reliable. The better products don't allow you to modify the SOURCE drive (the one you're working on), so they have no bad effects on that drive. If yours DID, then it's a bad product and there's nothing we can do about that now.

    As to an IT specialist -- SURE, if you pay them enough, they will claim to be able to do miracles for you -- but even the most ethical ones (and not all are ethical) will charge you a fee up front to even LOOK at your drive.

    As an alternative, if your primary interest is in recoverying files, then do the following:
    1) Go to the link below, download and print the articel:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

    2) Go to the link below, download and burn an Ubuntu desktop CD:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    3) Remove the affected drive from your PC
    4) Hook the affected drive up to another PC
    5) Boot that other PC from the Ubuntu CD and, when it presents options, do NOT install, but instead, use the Try It option. This will run Ubuntu from RAM instead of installing it.
    6) Follow the directions in the How-To article to locate your files and to copy them off the affected drive.
     
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    WAW8, Is there any way I can do the things you've told me about on the same laptop, cause there is no way my hubby will let me even close his laptop after what I DID for my.:(..I really wanna try to solve this huge problem without going to IT , but can I..?
    ..The recovery software I used is "ParetoLogic reovery"..
     
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    Anything you do to the current drive, including installing data recovery software, is only going to make matters WORSE. You have to do the recovery using another PC -- with this drive connected as an external drive.

    This is what an IT person would also do.

    As to the software, it certainly looks legit. It probably works the same as others.
     
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    I did manage to make Ubuntu CD but my laptop does not boot from it whatever I do..Any suggestions..?
     
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    Did you burn the ISO to the CD, or did you just copy the iso file to it? You have to use a CD burning program that can use ISO image files. IF you don't have one, Google for and download ImgBurn. It's a free app that will burn images to CDs and DVDs.

    As to booting, that's selected in the BIOS setup. Make sure you have your CD/DVD reader set as the first boot device.
     
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    This issue is solved..As for booting I had to change booting priority ..

    Thanks WAW8 for your tips..
     
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