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Windows 7: Libraries folder

21 Jan 2011   #11
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

If you deleted folders from "libraries" all you really did was delete the shortcut that point to the real files which are located in C:/users/username/mydocuments, my music, my pictures, etc.


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21 Jan 2011   #12
alex69

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yes, but why the actual data was also deleted from drive D.
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21 Jan 2011   #13
Imperfect1

 
 

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21 Jan 2011   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alex69 View Post
Yes, but why the actual data was also deleted from drive D.
When you go into Properties of the Libraries, there is always one that is marked with a checkmark as "default". That is the one into which files are stored in case you chose the library (rather than the folder) to move or copy data.
My guess is that this one is also deleted when you delete the library. Check whether you still have the "public" Picures, Music, etc. folders because those are not part of the defaults.


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21 Jan 2011   #15
alex69

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yes I have those folders.
Thanks to Imperfect1 for suggesting those softwares. I have managed to retrive some of the data, but almost all r corrupted.
I have now given up on recovering.
But I am very interested to find out what happened to some of my folders which contained large ( movies, training movs...) files.

I should have found out more about libraries and its use, which now I know it is waste of space, thats microsoft for you. I would hold on to my mac book pro
Thanks to all.
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21 Jan 2011   #16
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alex69 View Post
Yes I have those folders.
Thanks to Imperfect1 for suggesting those softwares. I have managed to retrive some of the data, but almost all r corrupted.
I have now given up on recovering.
But I am very interested to find out what happened to some of my folders which contained large ( movies, training movs...) files.

I should have found out more about libraries and its use, which now I know it is waste of space, thats microsoft for you. I would hold on to my mac book pro
Thanks to all.
Actually, Libraries does have its uses. It's really a file management tool, but one shouldn't rely exlusively on it. That said, a good imaging program to backup partitions is a lifesaver!

James
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21 Jan 2011   #17
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alex69 View Post

I should have found out more about libraries and its use, which now I know it is waste of space, thats microsoft for you. I would hold on to my mac book pro
Thanks to all.
The first half of the quote is correct, you should have done more research on librarys before moving or deleteing, second Microsoft had nothing to do with deleteing your files. Third there is a very good lession to be learned here, if you use the tools Microsoft gave you ie backing up your files you wouldn't be in this situation.
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21 Jan 2011   #18
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alex69 View Post

I should have found out more about libraries and its use, which now I know it is waste of space, thats microsoft for you. I would hold on to my mac book pro
Thanks to all.
The first half of the quote is correct, you should have done more research on librarys before moving or deleteing, second Microsoft had nothing to do with deleteing your files. Third there is a very good lession to be learned here, if you use the tools Microsoft gave you ie backing up your files you wouldn't be in this situation.
Harsh but true !
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21 Jan 2011   #19
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
some folders are too large for the recycle bin and would be deleted off the computer bypassing the recycle bin , usually there is a message window about that, however by deleting from the library and not the root folder this may not be the case
Deleting from Libraries DOES delete from the true location of the file and behaves exactly the same.
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21 Jan 2011   #20
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alex69 View Post
Yes, but why the actual data was also deleted from drive D.
I think you're not getting how Libraries work. Libraries are just pointers to the real files. They are not "pseudo" files or ghost images or copies. The files you see in a Library ARE the REAL files. If you delete them, you delete them. A Library is a tool to help you organize your files. For example, let's say you store videos in several places across multiple hard drives. You add each of those locations to your Video Library (or a library of your own creation for that matter). Now, when you open the Video Library, you see ALL your videos, regardless of where they are. If you can call this a "waste of space," so be it. I consider it an amazing, valuable tool and personally use it multiple times per day. I have libraries for schoolwork, personal info, business info, you name it.
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