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Windows 7: Empty folders

16 Nov 2014   #1
gwatts

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Empty folders

Hi
For some months I have noticed empty folders, particularly on several USB hard drives. This has occurred on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 laptops. It also occurs on the independent internal hard drive on this Windows 7 laptop that I am using now.


This always occurs with folders within folders, all of which are preserved but without any contents. Iím not aware of any folders themselves that are missing. Most of the contents are documents but all types of files are missing.


This occurs despite re installing images as well as after complete DVD Windows reinstallation.


The snipping tool images show the empty folders yet with properties revealing 52 GB of data which cannot be found. Recuva freeware reveals only 2 PDFs.


I will greatly appreciate advice.




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16 Nov 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Some of the folder names imply you are running encryption software. That would be the first thing I would check. Perhaps that software(assuming I'm correct) has a forum you can check for this type of issue.

Edit: another assumption.. you already tried in folder view options setting it to show hidden files?
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16 Nov 2014   #3
gwatts

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you Miles. Nothing has ever been hidden, all has always been shown (first thing I do on reinstall or new computer) and never any encryption. Win 7 PW removed on 2nd day of this re-install last week done hoping to cure this problem.

Disorganized names is from over the years and copying from multiple USB HD devices. Athough I never searched on the HDs of Win 7 or 8 for missing files I was surprised to find missing files on the installed W7 HD.
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16 Nov 2014   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I've seen a post now and then about missing files. I seem to remember one person saying it was related to bit defender, but I have no link to the post. Just a vague recollection.

Maybe someone else can chime in.
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16 Nov 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Many programs place folders into Documents. That's why I have my own folders on another partition. That way I can keep easy control of the program or system generated folders.

I would just leave them alone. The fact that they may appear to be empty does not mean that they are really empty.
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16 Nov 2014   #6
gwatts

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

But how to access? Any paid programs worth try?
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16 Nov 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If those are folders that belong to programs, only those programs may be able to access them.
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16 Nov 2014   #8
gwatts

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. I don't understand. What do I do with Word, Excel OO etc docs?
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16 Nov 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do you have Windows Office on your syste,. Else you can get the free Word Viewer or the free Excel Viewer. And if you want to do some processing with the files, you can try Libre Office. That is somewhat compatible.
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16 Nov 2014   #10
gwatts

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Have OpenOffice 3.3.0 and MS Office 2010. What do I do?
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