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Windows 7: Need help finding lost Desktop Folder

17 Jan 2014   #1
FDM

Win 7
 
 
Need help finding lost Desktop Folder

This morning when I booted up I looked for my Mozilla Thunderbird Desktop folder. The folder contained the Thunderbird program shortcut and several files that have relevance to Thunderbird. I have searched it in vain. I know I did not accidently delete it and wonder it there is some way to retrieve it.

I am guessing that there may be a number of reasons for its disappearance, but would appreciate any suggestions for recovering it = I have files in it that I would hate to lose.

Many thanks for any assistance,

Mary


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17 Jan 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe you can retrieve it from a previous restore point.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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17 Jan 2014   #3
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yep. Like whs mentioned; try using a restore point. Click start, programs, accessories, then system tools, then system restore and there should be one or more restore points listed there. Try to do that following the instructions on screen and hopefully it will give you your folder back.
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17 Jan 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
Yep. Like whs mentioned; try using a restore point. Click start, programs, accessories, then system tools, then system restore and there should be one or more restore points listed there. Try to do that following the instructions on screen and hopefully it will give you your folder back.
Good idea too. But if there are restore points, you can retrieve an individual file (see my post) rather than refreshing the whole system.
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17 Jan 2014   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

whs I just download Shadow Explorer. Haven't use it yet but it sure does look like the easy way of doing things.
Thank you.
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17 Jan 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is easy-peasy. And handy to retrieve lost files and folders. That's why I also make restore points in my data partition. An erroneous deletion of a file can easily happen.
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18 Jan 2014   #7
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Thanks to all responders for the input. I will first have a look at ShadowExplorer and see if it is able to restore the folder. If not I will use a system restore.


Mary
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19 Jan 2014   #8
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Many thanks for the ShadowExplorer suggestion - it worked and restored my Mozilla TBird desktop folder and its files.

I wasn't previously aware of this very useful app.


Mary
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19 Jan 2014   #9
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Meant to especially thank whs for the ShadowExplorer tip.

Mary
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19 Jan 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, I am glad you have your files back. Good deal.
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