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Windows 7: File magically disappeared, still visible in the Windows search index


10 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
File magically disappeared, still visible in the Windows search index

I was looking for a file when I noticed it was gone. I fired up the Windows search engine and Search Everything, both of which said the file was still there. When I try to open the search result in any media player, it says the file could not be found.

I already restarted my system, but both search engines still say the file exists. Is the file still there? I cannot find it with Undelete Plus, but it did find a lot of files that were recently deleted.


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10 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is the file located on a network drive or another volume?
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10 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

On the partition I installed Windows on. Maybe it's worth noting that I also use openSUSE, which has read/write access to the partition. That said, I've never had any problems with it messing up Windows partitions so I don't think it is related to me accessing the partition on Linux.
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10 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Aha that is probably the problem I had a similar issue with Ubuntu the file is there but only accessible through Suse most likely. Try opening up Suse and accessing the file I bet you'll be able to. Another point is that if you start windows you shouldn't be seeing a linux partition it's not possible or else something weird is going on.
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10 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

I can't see the file in openSUSE. I see all other files in the directory, but not the file I'm looking for. I'm not sure if I was clear, but the file was on my Windows partition which is also accessible from Linux. I can read my Linux partitions from Windows using a special plugin, but I can't write to them.

But even assuming that it was accidentally deleted, why is the file still showing up in Windows Search and Search Everything?
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10 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Then most likely that the database that the search indexer uses has become damaged or corrupted. In this case, you must rebuild that database. To do this, follow these steps.

Step A: Restart the Windows Search service
  1. Click Start
    , type services in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. In the Programs list, click Services.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
  3. Scroll down and locate the service that is labeled Windows Search.
  4. Right-click this service, and then click Properties.
  5. Set the Startup type: to Automatic (Delayed Start).
  6. Click Start to start the service, and then click OK.
Step B: Rebuild the database that is used by the search indexer
  1. Click Start
    , type index in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. In the Programs list, click Indexing Options.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Click Rebuild, and then click OK to the warning that appears.
  5. Click OK to close the Indexing Options.
Can you manually navigate to the location instead of using the search function and if so is the file there?
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11 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seth500 View Post
Can you manually navigate to the location instead of using the search function and if so is the file there?
It is not there. After rebuilding the search index, Windows Search is no longer displaying the search result either. Search Everything is still showing the file.



I've looked at the Properties window of the associated folder to see if I can restore a previous version of the file, but none of the previous folder backups contain the file.



Are there any other tricks I can try to recover the file? As I mentioned, I've already tried Undelete Plus but it didn't find the file.
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11 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I wish I could read Dutch there are better softwares out there like EASEUS Free Data Recovery and set all the options to recover RAW Data:

Free Data Recovery Software to free recover deleted files and recover formatted or corrupt hard drives - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition.

It recovers 1gb for free which isn't that much but hopefully sufficient for the size of file you want to recover.
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11 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Sorry about the Dutch - I was hoping you'd recognize the dialog from the English version of Windows 7. I ran the data recovery tool, but like Undelete Plus it didn't detect a deleted file with that name. Fortunately the file wasn't of major importance to me, but I would have liked to know what happened to it. Ah well, stuff happens.
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11 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No worries on the dutch I understood it.


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