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Windows 7: Favorites problem after win7 reinstall

23 May 2011   #11
James Colbert

 
 

If what you are saying is that the folder itself (that contained the original internet shortcuts) has a shortcut arrow next to it, then, instead of copying the folder as a full backup, you may have just created a shortcut to the folder. And, if this is what happened, the folder shortcuts are pointing to actual folders that no longer exist.

If this is the case, and you have reinstalled windows over the partition that contained the original folders, then you will not be able to recover them unless you have a backup containing the actual folders. Of course, this reply hinges on the presumption that I am understanding you correctly.

James


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23 May 2011   #12
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks james, and that probably is the case. Why is it that my favorites still say they have 1732 files in them? Is that just a read-me that sticks? Why is it that when i "send to" I can see the names of my favorites - even though folders are empty when done. Is that just some memory still attached to the favorites folder?

Still if I can see the names of favorites being "sent" to another location then I have a feeling there's a way to get my favorites back.
Also, i backed up all my files by "sending to" dvd and the rest saved just fine. Why did my favorites get "shortcut"?
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23 May 2011   #13
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by errolflynn View Post
TI had a crash so I had to reinstall win. 7. To save my favorites from IE i highlighted and sent to dvd. Ok, now on the DVD my favorites are just shortcuts with the arrow beside them. They are small 2kb and are empty.
I'm pretty sure that right-click -> Send to... is a method of creating a shortcut, not copying the file.

If you wanted to actually copy the Favorites folder (containing all of its HTML links, contents, whatever) so that you could then just copy-back the Favorites folder, you should have used COPY on the folder, and then PASTE to the DVD.

I believe that as you've now seen, you simply wrote shortcuts to DVD for the contents that was still on your existing hard drive Favorites folder items.

You accomplish the very same thing if you right-click on anything on your current hard drive and select "Send to... desktop (create shortcut)". That's what "Send to..." does. It is NOT "copy" of the data/program itself. It creates a shortcut to the data/program wherever you "send it".
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23 May 2011   #14
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Right, Im aware that when you send to desktop you get shortcut. I did the same thing for all my music and photos and they saved just fine to dvd. Highlight - send to d: drive. I guess you can't do that with favorites apparently. Why is it then that when I right click Favorites folder it says it has 5.2mb and 1732 files? And why can i see my bookmarks when i do "send to"?? That's strange, as if there is some memory of what was there even though just empty shortcut folders now?
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23 May 2011   #15
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by errolflynn View Post
Right, Im aware that when you send to desktop you get shortcut. I did the same thing for all my music and photos and they saved just fine to dvd. Highlight - send to d: drive. I guess you can't do that with favorites apparently.
I would think that Send to DVD drive should send the complete file, since it's unlikely that one would wish to send shortcuts and not the original to DVD.

However, right-clicking the files on DVD and choosing Send to>destination may well result in shortcuts to the files on DVD rather than copying the complete file.

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Why is it then that when I right click Favorites folder it says it has 5.2mb and 1732 files?
Are you referring to the favorites folder on your HD or DVD?

Also, on the chance that the files on DVD (and/or HD) were somehow marked as Hidden:

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

It also might be helpful if you posted some screenshots of an explorer view of the DVD with a folder open and on the HD. Also the properties:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

James
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23 May 2011   #16
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Favorites problem after win7 reinstall-screen.png

This is my properties of favorites - looks as though full of files/bookmarks, but isn't.


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23 May 2011   #17
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Favorites problem after win7 reinstall-screen.png

And here's the favorites folder on the dvd. Notice that it's saved as a file - not a shortcut. If It was saved to dvd as shortcut (right click - send) then it should say shortcut. Only when you open it is it full of shortcuts.


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23 May 2011   #18
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by errolflynn View Post
Attachment 156110

This is my properties of favorites - looks as though full of files/bookmarks, but isn't.
This is your HD or DVD?
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23 May 2011   #19
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

this is from the dvd.
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23 May 2011   #20
James Colbert

 
 

Are the properties the same for files you copied to the HD?
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