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Did you ever 'move' the location of your personal folders?

If you have you may have corrupted where/how Windows navigates to pre-defined folders for dropping content into.
I copied the users folder onto another drive to back it up, could this be causing all of these strange problems?
    
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I copied the users folder onto another drive to back it up, could this be causing all of these strange problems?
Did you copy and paste or cut and paste?

Also, Windows 7 has a location feature which allows you to relocate personalized folders very easily.

For example:

Default is - C:\\Users\\(insert name or id)\\*.*
Where *.* is 'My Documents (which is really just 'Documents')', 'My Pictures', etc.

By right clicking those folders you can then 'move' the location of them to anywhere else you like;

Such as - D:\\Personal Files\\*.*
Where *.* should not be renamed to exactly the same name Windows defines the folders as; if moving 'My Documents', don't name the new folder 'My Documents', name it something else or there will be confusion for Winodws.

Anyways, I'm not sure if that is what you have done or whatever, but something is amiss for you to have a deleted folder.

To recover things back to normal, make a second account with full privledges, backup existing data and/or transfer it to new user account, then delete the old one.
    
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I can not believe that copying my users folder to another location for back up has caused windows to delete my documents. It is completely absurd.

Backing up my documents is what caused them to be deleted?

WINDOWS YOU CAN GO **** YOURSELF
    
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Ok, so now that I've verified that I have lost absolutely all of my pictures from the last 5 years for absolutely no ******* reason I decided to do a fresh re install windows on a new hard drive.


Now that I have reinstalled windows, one of my mech hard drives (the one with all of my back ups) has vanished. It does not appear under My Computer, and under disk management it does appear but I can't open it or do anything but delete it.

I have not changed any bios settings what so ever, all I did was install windows on a different hard drive.

Now even when I boot off of my old windows installation/disk the hard drive with my back ups is STILL MISSING. How the **** did installing windows on a new hard drive make one of my drives inaccessible?
WHAT THE ****
Edited by ESP - 7/20/11 at 10:21am
    
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maybe the pics were too ugly for windows.....

just kidding
Check if the pictures are hidden. Follow the steps mentioned in the link below to unhide hidden files and folders and then test

Show hidden files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...w-hidden-files

Step 2: Search for your pictures

a) Click on Start > Type in *.jpg in the search box and check if you can find your pictures in the list.

b) If yes, right click on a picture and hit open file location and let me know the location of the file

or

1) Click the start button, click on pictures, now on the left side column or files tree, click on(my pictures),
Listed near the bottom.

2) Click on (organize) on the top/ left side,
3) Now click on (folder and search options), from the drop down list, click on the (views) tab, see if the top option is checked, If souncheck the box that says (always show icons and never thumbnails) click apply/ and save/ close the window,
Edited by Spooony - 7/20/11 at 12:16pm
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the real problem is why is the folder called "My Pictures" int he first place? Windows 7/Vista calls it just plain "Pictures"
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Windows doesn't do things without being told do so. It's not skynet.

Either you're doing it yourself without realising or you've got some software/virus thats doing it without you realising.
That's not entirely true.

I've been having a case of musical desktop icons for the last year or so on my laptop where everytime I reboot the previously rearranged icons will move themselves back to where they were before my desktop cleanup.

I've done everything in the book to keep the icons where they are but they keep moving to no avail.

Windows 7 is becoming self aware.
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Ok, so now that I've verified that I have lost absolutely all of my pictures from the last 5 years for absolutely no ******* reason I decided to do a fresh re install windows on a new hard drive.


Now that I have reinstalled windows, one of my mech hard drives (the one with all of my back ups) has vanished. It does not appear under My Computer, and under disk management it does appear but I can't open it or do anything but delete it.

I have not changed any bios settings what so ever, all I did was install windows on a different hard drive.

Now even when I boot off of my old windows installation/disk the hard drive with my back ups is STILL MISSING. How the **** did installing windows on a new hard drive make one of my drives inaccessible?
WHAT THE ****
You ever thought of doing something crazy like backing up on an external HDD?
    
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ESP, now that you have more than one drive with an OS on it, make sure any other OS disks are unplugged; installing an OS creates a MBR and sets the drive as "Active". Your BIOS will crap itself if it sees more than one active disk.

Also, grab just about any Linux distro and install it to a USB thumbdrive. Boot into Linux and manage your data/disks from there if drives are disappearing. I've tested drives for family/friends that straight up don't appear in Windows but work fine in Linux.
 
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If that was happening to me.. on the first sign of deleted files, i would backup everything important then boot dban and nuke all of my drives, but that's me i'm paranoid!
Like you, my most important files are my pictures.. so i have them backed up.

You could try the dban option if you want
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