i know that there are programs that can recovery old files. might look into that.
Originally posted by AllUrChips
Do a system restore to the last point you had it on there.
Stop What You're Doing
When your operating system deletes a file, all it really does is mark the space on your hard drive that your file occupies as free space. It's still there, but your computer is now perfectly happy to write new data on top of it—at which point the file recovery process becomes a lot more difficult. That means you should do as little computing as possible until you find the file you're looking for, since every time you save a new file—every time your computer writes information to your hard drive—your chances of recovering the file go down.
The statement ´path not found´ could be a clue that your documents had been saved to a removable storage such as a USB stick or something else.It could also mean that the files have been deleted or moved somewhere else. But if that were the case I would expect it to say something more like "the specified file does not exist" or just "file not found". The fact it is specifically saying there's a problem with the path could indicate a removable device is no longer available.