i've searched out and read all the posts i could find about this problem, and none seem to be what i need, so here's my attempt to get help with my problem... about 2 weeks ago, i re-installed windows xp pro, unfortunatley i had no idea i was about to lose all of the "my documents" folder, which is where most all of my important files were. now here's the problem... i had all but given up on recovering these files, but i went ahead and installed XP on my second hard drive D: and proceeded to delete the instance of XP on my C: hard drive when i realized, MY FILES ARE STILL THERE! i am missing 8 gigs of space on my C: (when i click on C: properties), and it's all in the "my documents" folder that i cannot access, it now says "access denied" when i try to open it. could someone PLEASE help me out on this. i need to know how to access that folder again. i know it's all there because i started to defrag the drive and i saw all my files show up as being scanned, i just can't seem to open the folder now... i've tried everything!