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Windows 7: Downloads link under Favorites error


24 Aug 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Go ahead and do all of OPTION TWO in the tutorial below then to see if it will be able to restore your C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder afterwards. Once restored, the Downloads under Favorites should work again as well.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
Okay, I went through all of option 2. I created a new Downloads folder like it said to do, but now the Downloads folder under Favorites, while it DOES work again (yay), it doesn't have anything in it..it's just the new folder I created.

Should I go ahead and assume I've somehow lost all my music and everything that was in the original Downloads folder and just move on? Is there any hope left? I apologize for clogging up this thread with my issues but I appreciate all the time and help you're offering.


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24 Aug 2011   #12
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's no problem. I went ahead and move this to a thread of it's own though.

You might select the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option in Folder Options to see if the folder may be just be hidden.

If not, then you could try using Previous Versions, or the free programs Recuva or ShadowExplorer to see if you may be able to recover the files.
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24 Aug 2011   #13

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Thanks for moving this to a new thread I don't see any hidden Downloads folders. Before I try to recover the files with a program, when I followed Option Two before and it said "if the folder is missing create a new one" but then am I supposed to delete it or something? Because now the only Downloads folder under Computer is the new one I created, and like I said, it's empty. So since it's empty and obviously doesn't have my files in it, should I just delete that new empty folder before moving on to the next step?

Also, there's a Downloads folder in My Documents, which contains all the random .reg files I've been downloading and such, but it doesn't have my music files in it or anything..should that folder be in My Documents too?
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24 Aug 2011   #14
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, don't delete anything yet until you have double checked them to see if you may be able to recover the files from within these folders using the options above.

What file extension was the music files using? If say .mp3, you could search the C: drive using *.mp3 to see if it may be able to find them if they are just in a different location for some reason.
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24 Aug 2011   #15

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Okay. It found no previous versions to use, and found no .mp3's other than my husbands that I put on there last night so I'm trying Recuva. Initial scan found 0 files so I'm trying the deep scan, at an estimated time of 2 hours..

If Recuva doesn't find anything, should I bother with ShadowExplorer or are they likely to show the same results?
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24 Aug 2011   #16
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It'll most likely give you the same results, but it's still worth a try.
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24 Aug 2011   #17

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Thanks again, Shawn, for all your help. I ran Recuva and it found most of my music files, which I've moved to the new (empty) Downloads folder, and some of them will play on iTunes, but others still say the original location can't be found. I'll take what I can get, I'm just a little irritated that my original Downloads folder is just gone in computer land somewhere..

I really appreciate you saving me a little bit of my sanity.

Thanks again,
Brenon
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24 Aug 2011   #18
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Any luck with ShadowExplorer?
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24 Aug 2011   #19

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I just downloaded it, but I'm not exactly sure what to do with it. I tried looking on shadowexplorer.com as well for instructions but it wasn't much help.. The purpose of this program and how to use it isn't making itself clear to me..
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24 Aug 2011   #20
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

ShadowExplorer is similar to previous versions. The link below can help show you more on how to use it.

ShadowExplorer.com - Manual
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