Vista and the disappearance of my data

Last weekend I installed Vista. I tried to upgrade my Windows XP installation. It took al long time, I was stupid and impatient. Yes, I pushed the reset button. I thought that my computer was hanging and expected a reset to continue the upgrade where it left off. But it did not.

The only thing to do was to do a clean installation. So I did. Everything went fine. Since ‘My Documents’ does not exist in Vista I copied the contents of ‘My Docments’ in the new documents location. Then I deleted the ‘My Documents’ directory bypassing the recycle bin. I did not make a backup. Another mistake. Why? There are no documents in Vista’s documents location. How is this possible? I lost important stuff. I do not blame Microsoft or Vista, though. I should have made a backup of my important data!