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Windows 7: lost document files

16 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
lost document files

I need help in naming what my problem is. If I knew what it was called I could search the web for help or a solution. A file page has two parts the 1st is the Browser Icon with just the file name (I call the controller)followed by ".htm". The second part is a folder Icon also with the file name followed by "_files". I normally always "Sleep" my computer when leaving it, but a week or so ago, being tired, I clicked on "shut down" accidentally. When I started my computer the next day all that came up was a screen I've never seen before - a light blue wall paper with birds on it on the right hand side. After trying again and again I finally got into repair mode -"NONE of your files will be affected"!!! All seemed OK after the system finally started - but now I am finding random files missing the "1st part" the "controller" the line with the browser Icon & file name with ".htm" after it. All there is - is the Folder Icon with the file name followed by "_files" that only contains Gobbeldy-Gook stuff and therefore the file (web page) that I had saved - is gone - not available to me. I know that this information is still on my computer, but I don't know what it is called (the missing "controller") much less how to find or restore them. Strangely, my Clickfree backup doesn't even show the folders that these files were in (thought I would just "restore" them but they ain't there to be restored. Just having a name to this missing "Controller" would be a great help. Then I could have something specific to search the web for help for. I tried a system restore to a date before it wouldn't start but nothing changed. Also of note when I clicked on the Google Chrome browser Icon I got a "File cannot be found - reinstall the program" which I did after "searching" my computer for the program and not finding it so it mysteriously just disappeared like the "controller" to some of my files. PLEASE (P.S. I don't understand what "Thread Subscriptions" means?)

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16 Apr 2012   #2

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.1 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Hmm ...

Could you please break up your future posts using paragraphs.
This one is hard to read. :)

You tried to save a web page and then some (possibly unrelated) problem occurred and the saved files have vanished, is that correct?

There are programs which can attempt to recover deleted files.
I'm not sure that they'll work in this case.
The more new files you save and the more programs you install, the smaller your chances are, of recovering a deleted file.
The HDD space may be overwritten (it definitely will be overwritten eventually).

You could try "Recuva".
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

You should use a friend's PC to download the portable version.
Recuva - Portable version

"Subscribed Threads" are topics (like this one) where you have indicated that you wish to be alerted, when comments are posted.
You can select the alert frequency from a drop-down box, which is under the "Reply to Thread" text box.
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