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I'm pretty sure all of this is happening because I copy/pasted my users folder in order to back it up.

Windows is a complete piece of ******* trash, I'm buying a Mac.
    
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COPYING the folder would not do anything; my guess is that you changed the location of the LIBRARY pictures, and left the pictures folder itself alone. In other words it was all still there, Windows simply did not display it because the directory that the Pictures library pointed to changed or something. Right click on a library in an explorer window and you will find that you can add or remove any folder you like from the library - but this does not delete it, it merely stops showing it in the library.

As for the drive not showing up in Windows, sounds to me like you formatted it during the reinstall. In which case, your data is all still there, just because there is no filesystem the data cannot be read by Windows. That's assuming of course that you did a quick format and not a full format I know you can use a free app called Recuva made by Piriform (the same people that made CCleaner) to restore files from reformatted disks - provided nothing has been overwritten. If you use that, though, you will need to find another disk to restore everything to, otherwise you'd end up overwriting the files you are trying to recover because windows would not see them as they are not in the filesystem.

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Are you sure your not saving them in the Pictures Library which saves to the Public Pictures folder by default(pre SP1). So if your saving them into to picture library then backing up My Pictures then nothing is there. That is correct.
    
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Yeah, I love the libraries function but never used it for pictures. Also, just to clarify the pictures aren't hidden, or partially deleted, or anything like that. They are completely gone. No record of them existing, or even being deleted and then over written.

The only thing I can possibly point my finger too now is the copying me Users\\ESP folders to another drive has done this insanity, or that changing the Fraps pictures directory from it's normal place to Users\\ESP\\My Pictures has done this.

Either way Windows has just gone from being perfect to completely unusable.
    
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I'm pretty sure all of this is happening because I copy/pasted my users folder in order to back it up.
No it's not, I routinely copy my users folder wholesale as part of a backup batch.
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I'm pretty sure all of this is happening because I copy/pasted my users folder in order to back it up.

Windows is a complete piece of ******* trash, I'm buying a Mac.
lol you trollin
    
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lol you trollin
I'm pissed off more than trolling. I have been a huge fan of Windows 7, and these problems have rocked my faith seriously.

I'm no expert, but I have been building my own computers since I was 13 years old, and this is the only time something this ridiculous has happened to me.
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I'm pissed off more than trolling. I have been a huge fan of Windows 7, and these problems have rocked my faith seriously.

I'm no expert, but I have been building my own computers since I was 13 years old, and this is the only time something this ridiculous has happened to me.
I'm 28. I've dealt with more windows issues than the common person. Backing up all your info on an external HDD should be common knowledge. Plus, if you are getting this much crap......do a FULL format and install W7 again.

Stuff happens. /shrug

Edit: Recover all your lost info, put on another HDD. Heck, run a full virus scan before you do that.
Back-up all info and then just reformat your OS drive.
    
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Maybe they weren't deleted but the folder was moved by you.
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Your BIOS will crap itself if it sees more than one active disk.
Hogwash, just like calling it out.

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Maybe they weren't deleted but the folder was moved by you.
Or what I classify as User Error and the person accidentally deleted the files themselves.

[OP] There is no way windows magically deleted your pictures on it's own. File corruption might, a virus might, not windows. I would advise you to work on file recovery if you are 100% sure they weren't moved. Stop using the drive and get busy. If you don't want to, that's cool, they are gone. Did you format recently though and end up with a windows.old folder? Just an idea.

As for your data drive, if you can't get it visible with a fresh install or a LiveCD you might want to check the file system. If that doesn't work just do file recovery on it, as long as you didn't format it you should be able to get 99% of what was on it. I would say 100% but there is always something that won't copy.

Live and learn, I've deleted two hard discs partitioning once in Linux when I was modding an Ipod. Crap happens, I would be hard pressed to believe Windows deleted it. Even though I hate MS, that is just pure crap.
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