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Windows 7: Downloads have disappeared- folders only showing in "recent"

31 Mar 2013   #1
sportsmomma

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Downloads have disappeared- folders only showing in "recent"

Help! I am trying to open files that I have previously saved into "downloads" and they have all disappeared. I can find the folders where they were saved in "recent" as a shortcut but when I try to open the folder I get the following error - "The item 'name of file' that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly". I have tried searching for the files and have had no luck.


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31 Mar 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sportsmomma,

That error just means that the shortcut listed in "Recent" is no longer available at it's original location you saved it to.

Did you delete them by mistake, or move the Downloads folder?
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31 Mar 2013   #3
sportsmomma

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I don't think I've moved or deleted anything. It seems that there are many files that I can't find- all that were placed in a folder. Again, the folder is in "recent" but I can't find the files anywhere. The missing files are Word files and mp3 files. IT's very strange.
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31 Mar 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The "Recent" folder is just a list of shortcuts to what you have opened recently, and are not the actual files.

If you are using Internet Explorer, double check using the tutorial below to see what you default download location is set as.
Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location
Next, double check using step 2 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to see if the download location folder or the files in it may be hidden.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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31 Mar 2013   #5
sportsmomma

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I'm using Chrome- do you have any tutorial for that? thanks for your help. I'm just totally confused as to why all of my folders are gone.
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31 Mar 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sure thing. Here's the one for Chrome below.
Chrome Browser - Change Default Download Location
Double check the second part of what I posted above to see if the folder may just be hidden by mistake.
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02 Apr 2013   #7
sportsmomma

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Brink- I've tried all of this and still can't find any of the files. I'm so frustrated. I've searched for the folders and files and can't find anything!
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02 Apr 2013   #8
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportsmomma View Post
Brink- I've tried all of this and still can't find any of the files. I'm so frustrated. I've searched for the folders and files and can't find anything!
You could try using a search utility to attempt locating the files. I find Agent Ransack a good choice and have used it for years. It is free and can be downloaded from the following site;

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

HTH
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02 Apr 2013   #9
sportsmomma

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportsmomma View Post
Brink- I've tried all of this and still can't find any of the files. I'm so frustrated. I've searched for the folders and files and can't find anything!
You could try using a search utility to attempt locating the files. I find Agent Ransack a good choice and have used it for years. It is free and can be downloaded from the following site;

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

HTH
Thanks Sir George. I tried this but can still only find the shortcuts and files with extension .lnk.

I'm pretty sure all of the files that are gone were Word files. I'm just so frustrated! I'm starting to think that they are gone forever!
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02 Apr 2013   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case sportsmomma, you might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to recover the files.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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