I noticed a couple of days ago that after I installed MS Office 2007, the My Documents folder (which I created on my data drive) did not list in MS Word when I went to open a file. All of the other folders were accounted for. I dismissed this as a slight glitch in MS Office.
This morning, I went to look for a file contained within the My Documents folder using Explorer and the folder was missing. Of course, I was shocked to see this. Thankfully I set up a weekly backup on an external drive, so my data could be recovered there, and that backup just happened to occur last night. Whew. Now, I opened up the backup to restore my files when the backup asked if I wanted to replace the existing file with the backup.
So, essentially, the folder and files exist on my drive, but Explorer and MS Office, etc. are not displaying this folder. This is obviously something that I cannot have as this is my main data folder.
On the weekend I switched "on" the "display hidden files and folders" which mysteriously got turned 'off'. (I always have these listed/visible as I am the only one using my computer). Not sure if this contributed to the issue I'm having now?
Please let me know if there is a fix.