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Windows 7: Upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 - Files are gone!

01 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 - Files are gone!

I've installed the Windows 7 upgrade from Vista onto my C drive - I was careful about making sure I didn't do a custom installation because I wanted to keep my files and programs. After the installation - my programs are still installed, the file folders are still there, but the folders on my D drive are empty. My music, photo, video, and document libraries are completely empty.

Other threads have said to look in the Windows.old folder but there is no Windows.old folder on my computer. I had a few folders with documents on the desktop that are intact - so why would it delete some files but not others? Is there anyway to get my files back?

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01 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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01 Oct 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcooke1369 View Post
I've installed the Windows 7 upgrade from Vista onto my C drive - I was careful about making sure I didn't do a custom installation because I wanted to keep my files and programs. After the installation - my programs are still installed, the file folders are still there, but the folders on my D drive are empty. My music, photo, video, and document libraries are completely empty.

Other threads have said to look in the Windows.old folder but there is no Windows.old folder on my computer. I had a few folders with documents on the desktop that are intact - so why would it delete some files but not others? Is there anyway to get my files back?
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01 Oct 2010   #4
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello jcooke1369, welcome to Seven Forums!





Are you saying that files in another, separate from the C: partition ("on my D drive") are empty?

Files in another partition, separate from the installation partition are not bothered by the install and (I don't use Librarys) I don't believe that Windows 7 will automatically impost 'things' into the Library folders.
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01 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks to everyone for helping out!

I'll post some screen shots when I get home later today to help explain...

Bare Food Kid - that's what I'm saying. I had various files spread out on the C & D partitions. Windows 7 was installed on the C:\, the files previously on the C:\ are still there, but the files on the D:\ are not there (the folders are all there, but they are empty).
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01 Oct 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcooke1369 View Post
Thanks to everyone for helping out!

I'll post some screen shots when I get home later today to help explain...

Bare Food Kid - that's what I'm saying. I had various files spread out on the C & D partitions. Windows 7 was installed on the C:\, the files previously on the C:\ are still there, but the files on the D:\ are not there (the folders are all there, but they are empty).


That makes no sense at all (not pointing a finger) that's not supposed to happen at all.
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01 Oct 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Run Recuva on D.

Did you touch D during install to C?
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01 Oct 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Which folders are empty? If you are navigating to your Documents or Music by going to the windows 7 Libraries or start menu they will be empty. By default they look at the documents folder on your C: drive. Go to your start menu and click "Computer", then click your D drive and look in the folders, are your files there? If they are all you have to do is add those folders to your respective libraries or do what i did and move the default folders to your D drive.
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02 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Files have been found & restored! Thank you everyone for your help.

It turns out that the files were hiding in a hidden folder located at D:\$INPLACE.~TR

Recuva did not find them (even after a deep scan) but a different program called SalvageData Recovery did find it.
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02 Oct 2010   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

That's good news and thanks for update
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