My friend's computer HD developed corrupt blocks and we could not do a restore or repair. I booted off a linux live USB stick and to my surprise was able to get access to all of my friends files and their contents but also to my relief as this meant her work was not lost.
I say surprise because I was of the understanding that these files were only accessible to the account owner but here I was with a linux usb and having full access to those files and viewing their contents. This means that I can so the same with anyones computer? How can this be? Am I not understanding how accounts and security works on Win10 systems. I thought that files and folders belonging to an account could not be viewed by anyone who didn't have the correct password. TBH what happens when someone experiences what my friend did hadn't crossed my mind with regards to how they get back their work.
After replacing the HD with an SSD and installing Win10 I connected up the HD and copied across the users complete account folder to the SSD, viewed it's files and contents and then switched off. Today when I navigate to the user's folder on the SSD everything is gone, vanished?!
Can someone please explain what is going on?