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Windows 7: How to restore My Documents? Hard disk Containing My Doc broke down.

13 Feb 2012   #1
wingstorm

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
How to restore My Documents? Hard disk Containing My Doc broke down.

The hard disk containing my My Documents folder broke down completely recently. While windows is still running off my main hard disk, I notice that my My Documents folder is missing. Under Documents, I have Public Documents, but not the My Document Folder. How can I restore it? (Without making a new account, reinstalling windows...etc.)

I'm using Windows 7 professional

The Hard disk in question is unrecoverable and I have to get it replaced. My MAIN hard disk is still working. Hence this problem

Please help! Thanks you.



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13 Feb 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Was your My Documents folder redirected to the second hard drive?
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13 Feb 2012   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello wingstorm and welcome to Seven Forums.

I assume that you are not talking about recovering the data but returning My Documents to its default location. You may be able to find something in method 2 of this tutorial. User Folders - Restore Default Location
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13 Feb 2012   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wingstorm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may be able to do OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn

EDIT:
LOL, Keith beat me to it.
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13 Feb 2012   #5
wingstorm

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Was your My Documents folder redirected to the second hard drive?
Yes. Due to the limited size of my main HD, I redirected it to my 2nd drive (e drive) a year or so ago.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Hello wingstorm and welcome to Seven Forums.

I assume that you are not talking about recovering the data but returning My Documents to its default location. You may be able to find something in method 2 of this tutorial. User Folders - Restore Default Location
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Wingstorm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may be able to do OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn

EDIT:
LOL, Keith beat me to it.
Thanks for the Link. I'm working on it now.

To clarify, I can't see the My Document folder under the Library, Document at the side of the folder. The Public Documents are still there and under Document.

Will post an update soon! Thanks for the quick replies!
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13 Feb 2012   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Wait, do not do the tutorial above.

You didn't mention that this was missing in your Documents library. For this use the tutorial below to include your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder into your Documents library instead to add it back to the library.

Library - Include a Folder
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13 Feb 2012   #7
wingstorm

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Oh dear... Didn't catch your reply in time.

I did the above tutorial... "User Folders - Restore Default Location" and now I got a Documents folder INSIDE the Document tab at the side.
Like so:

Libraries
_=>Documents
___=> Documents
___=> Public Documents

Please help! What should I do now? ( Is this normal?)

NOTE! I notice that my C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents is hidden (shaded) and appears like a shortcut icon. Also I can't access/open this "hidden" My Documents, it gives me a access denied warning. When I open its property, under security, it has the access rights per normal for Admin, (my user name), but the access for "Everyone" is unchecked.

I read on another site, that you may need to delete this "hidden" My Documents. What should I do with it?

Thanks in advance.
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13 Feb 2012   #8
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Mmm. I'll leave it to Brink to reply. He obviously knows something I don't.
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13 Feb 2012   #9
wingstorm

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Update! I ran a program that requires access to the My Documents folder to work and it work!
It made some folders in the Documents => Documents folder.

However... when I try renaming the Documents => Documents folder to My Documents, it ask me if I wan to merge it with the "hidden" My Documents. I tried this with make a new folder and it "absorbed" the new folder, leaving me with the same unaccessible "hidden" My Documents...

Should I delete it?
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13 Feb 2012   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

The hidden My Documents folder may be a junction point(a type of link) to Documents. Don't delete it until Brink gets back to you.
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