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Windows 7: Everything in my "Pictures" folder disappeared! How to get them back?

05 Apr 2016   #1
silverflower

California
 
 
Everything in my "Pictures" folder disappeared! How to get them back?

One day I just opened my "Pictures" folder, and everything from years and years was gone. All that is left is empty "Camera Roll" and "Saved Pictures" + a "Screenshots" folder with 2 screenshots. Last thing I remember doing before I saw that was unsuccessfully trying to turn off Navigation and pressing random things on the keyboard. I saw some of the folders under "Pictures" on the side for a few days, but when I clicked on them, they said something about "Can't open, connect external drive is needed", but everything is fine. Now I don't even see the folders on the side anymore. Now, one of the folders in my "Music" section is under "Pictures" AND under "Music". There are really, really important things on there, how can I get it back???


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05 Apr 2016   #2
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

Simple. Just restore it from backup. Let us know how it goes. Wait... you did... You did do a back up of all those important pictures, RIGHT!??
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05 Apr 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Do a system restore.

Why don`t you have your data backed up ?

You should not be storing any data on your windows partition.
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05 Apr 2016   #4
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

You should be able to right click on the pictures folder and select "Restore Previous Versions". It will show you a list of shadow copies which you can open to check the folders. Then you can restore back to a time when the picture were available.
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05 Apr 2016   #5
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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I think that if you try shadow explorer, you will be able to get back most if not all of the pictures.
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05 Apr 2016   #6
silverflower

California
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
You should be able to right click on the pictures folder and select "Restore Previous Versions". It will show you a list of shadow copies which you can open to check the folders. Then you can restore back to a time when the picture were available.
I tried, but it only has the version from yesterday...
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05 Apr 2016   #7
silverflower

California
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Do a system restore.

Why don`t you have your data backed up ?

You should not be storing any data on your windows partition.
How do I do that?
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05 Apr 2016   #8
silverflower

California
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chefduane View Post
Simple. Just restore it from backup. Let us know how it goes. Wait... you did... You did do a back up of all those important pictures, RIGHT!??
What if I didn't?!!
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05 Apr 2016   #9
silverflower

California
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
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I think that if you try shadow explorer, you will be able to get back most if not all of the pictures.
ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
How does it work?
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05 Apr 2016   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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