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Windows 7: Files Really Gone?

22 Jun 2011   #1
squidgy

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Files Really Gone?

I am missing well over 1000 files. A good deal of those are .gif files. When I go to the child folder they were in, it is empty as are all the child folders. When I use Windows Search to search the parent folder for *.gif, the results show 1000 of the files in the child folder they were in. They appear with the Irfanview icon, which is the default viewer and a .gif extension. They are way too small, < 1 kb. Irfanview cant open them, "...cant read the file header. unknown file format or file not found." I admit Im fried enough to have some how, possibly, maybe deleted a whole folder while doing a clean up, but it is still there and I cant possibly imagine selecting that many files and doing anything with all of them, let alone deleting them. Please tell me Im missing something here, besides the files.



Windows 7 Home Premium SP1


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22 Jun 2011   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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Use the backup and restore feature. Pick the date you want to go back to and you will have it back.
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22 Jun 2011   #3
squidgy

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I was just typing that I hope I'll be wearing the monkey suit because that would mean it turned out the files didnt go anywhere it was just something stupid. In my fit of school girl hysteria (no offense ladies) I neglected to include one small detail - this drive is an external USB drive. As I calmed down, I realized that the problem existed for all the folders on the drive. The drive properties said there was 80GB free of 465GB. So the files were still there, but...what? I dont know. I cycled the power on the drive and it was like magic - I could access all the files. So what was going on before I did that? Was what I saw before, when I did a Windows search for *.gif on that drive, the file names cached somewhere which showed up when Windows searched?


My suit size is 48 tall.
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22 Jun 2011   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You made a mistake, I made many. Glad that it worked out.
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22 Jun 2011   #5
squidgy

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You made a mistake, I made many. Glad that it worked out.
Not as many as I make


What were those files that the search found though?
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22 Jun 2011   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squidgy View Post
I am missing well over 1000 files. A good deal of those are .gif files. When I go to the child folder they were in, it is empty as are all the child folders. When I use Windows Search to search the parent folder for *.gif, the results show 1000 of the files in the child folder they were in. They appear with the Irfanview icon, which is the default viewer and a .gif extension. They are way too small, < 1 kb. Irfanview cant open them, "...cant read the file header. unknown file format or file not found." I admit Im fried enough to have some how, possibly, maybe deleted a whole folder while doing a clean up, but it is still there and I cant possibly imagine selecting that many files and doing anything with all of them, let alone deleting them. Please tell me Im missing something here, besides the files.



Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Please tell me that you have backups on an external drive or thumb drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2011   #7
squidgy

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Please tell me that you have backups on an external drive or thumb drive.
That is the external drive. Im using Mozy, however these files were not in the backup set. Needless to say, they are now.
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