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Windows 7: Folder disappeared!


25 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Folder disappeared!

Hi location of the folder of interest is on an external HDD, Samsung

F:/CHEM/Computer Assessments

Judging by the title of the folder, you can tell I'm not happy about losing it.

File initially appeared in Windows 7 file browser then error message pops up almost instantaneously: "File or folder does not exist".

Folder disappears inexplicably.

Potentially relevant facts:

  • I have been disconnecting and reconnecting the ext. HDD between a number of computers, always ensuring to eject device properly.
  • I dual boot with a linux system, OpenSUSE 11.2
Help I need those files back! What has cursed Windows 7 done to my work!

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25 Jun 2010   #2

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Welcome

This will find it for you

DiskDigger | The trusted data recovery solution

If that does not work this wiil
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

If they are there, I am confiedent that we will get them back. Relax have a coke or beer and download the software.
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25 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Have you checked for the folder from within Linux?
How is the ext drive formatted?

~Lordbob
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25 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

The thing is I didn't delete it. It just inexplicably disappeared right before my eyes! Windows suddenly tells me the folder does not exist and I'm damn sure it does. Do you know what has happened?
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25 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Have you checked for the folder from within Linux?
How is the ext drive formatted?

~Lordbob
Yes, no luck. It is NTSF format.

This wouldn't have anything to do with CHKDSK running would it? I mean one of my computers was checking for "disk consistency", bearing in mind that I'm dual booting here. I can't remember if my ext HDD was plugged in but I figured it CHKDSK would only examine the computer's harddrive not any peripheral HDDs...
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25 Jun 2010   #6

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Try digger, it will find if deleted or just hidden.
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25 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Try digger, it will find if deleted or just hidden.

the deep scan yields 3 irrelevant file. the deeper scan yields hundreds of files, unrecognisable by the numerical string names they have been assigned.

have a feeling it didn't even recover relevant files, but it is not practical to go through one by one opening them. i have huge ext HDD.

other suggestions?
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25 Jun 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I can only guess at the problem. If you know of anything that may have cause the problem it will help.

Tips for finding files
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