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Windows 7: Files and Folders missing in My Documents

05 Apr 2010   #1

Windows Seven
 
 
Files and Folders missing in My Documents

I don't know if I'm just loosing my mind or if this is actually happening. But if I have a folder or file in my documents and not touch it for a few months, I swear it like deletes itself on it's own 0_0 A couple times I've noticed that they make themselves invisible and I don't notice it unless I do the "show all hidden files/folders" check box. But today I noticed this folder to a sound track I have no longer seems to be on my computer. I know I can be trigger happy with deleting things sometimes, but I'm pretty sure I didn't delete it. I don't think its viruses or malware or anything either, as I run both my anti virus and anti spyware programs on full system scan and nothing other then my usual tracking cookies from sites like my space and that such is detected. Has this happened to anyone else before with Windows Seven?

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05 Apr 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

SectorStar,
I've no idea of how you are doing yourself in, but under the circumstances:

1. I strongly recommend that you start using the best, most reliable, and easiest to use backup software available, namely, Window 7's own Backup & Restore. Try it out.

2. Download an excellent free recovery software, Recuva, Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

For simple file/folder type backups, you might want to take a look at another free microsoft product, SyncToy,
Download details: SyncToy 2.1
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05 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If you are looking at Documents and Settings, it is no longer a real folder. It is a link (junction) to the new location for such files which is under /Users/<user name>. It does not exist at all on a new installof Windows 7 I don't think (I don't have one at all right now).

It only gets created when some older program tries to write to it, the OS creates the junction from there to the proper place in the user folder. So I guess if some number of days or weeks goes by and that junction is not used again it may dissapear on it's own?

It's very existance ever is a frequent issue here on the boards as people try to navigate into it and delete files and permissions won't let you. One of the more confusing aspects of 7 ...

If not then.. never mind!
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05 Apr 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

SectorStar,
If you would like to see all of the links (junctions included), then go to a command prompt, change to the root folder, and type dir /s /al

In other words,
WIN key (that's the one with the funny looking wavy flag on it)
type CMD.EXE (do NOT hit enter yet)
Right-click on CMD.EXE in the list shown
Choose "Run as administrator"

You will now be at a command prompt (most probably c:\users\ausername)
type CD \
hit Enter
type Dir /s /AL
hit Enter

Now you will see all of the forwarding addresses (links) used by Windows 7 and your applications.

Oh yes, to get back:
type EXIT
hit Enter
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05 Apr 2010   #5

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
SectorStar,
If you would like to see all of the links (junctions included), then go to a command prompt, change to the root folder, and type dir /s /al

In other words,
WIN key (that's the one with the funny looking wavy flag on it)
type CMD.EXE (do NOT hit enter yet)
Right-click on CMD.EXE in the list shown
Choose "Run as administrator"

You will now be at a command prompt (most probably c:\users\ausername)
type CD \
hit Enter
type Dir /s /AL
hit Enter

Now you will see all of the forwarding addresses (links) used by Windows 7 and your applications.

Oh yes, to get back:
type EXIT
hit Enter
There's a much easier way to do this...

Open windows explorer... In the address bar (not the search bar) on the upper left of the window, type %homepath% then hit enter... takes you right to it.

To reveal the path in DOS format just click on the folder icon in the left edge of the address bar....
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05 Apr 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

commontater,
You might want to try %systemdrive%

That will get you there.

Now how did you plan to get a complete list of all links on the systemdrive?
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05 Apr 2010   #7

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
commontater,
You might want to try %systemdrive%

That will get you there.

Now how did you plan to get a complete list of all links on the systemdrive?
Ah, I see where you were heading...

With %systemdrive% he'll also need to set WE to show hidden files....

I thought, originally, you were just trying to get him into his user folder....
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05 Apr 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

commontater,
Now I understand your answer. My objective was to get him to a command prompt, then to the root directory so that DIR /S /AL would list all links.
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05 Apr 2010   #9

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
commontater,
Now I understand your answer. My objective was to get him to a command prompt, then to the root directory so that DIR /S /AL would list all links.
Yeah... I realized that on the second go round....

Don't let me get in the way...
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