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Windows 7: My "My Pictures" folder has disappeared

15 Feb 2016   #1
El Principe

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My "My Pictures" folder has disappeared


I recently set up a new PC which has a new install of Windows 7.

I have entirely new hard drives, so I have been using a hard drive port to copy data from my old PC hard drives.

I dumped all my data in Storage (E: ) and was thinking about where to store all my pictures, etc. Obviously the default in Windows (C: ) Users [My name]

... and all the folders are in there, including My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, My Music, etc.

I wanted to transfer all these root folders to E drive so as not to fill up C with files. I figured I would move the folders before copying all my old data into them.

I started with "My Pictures" folder. I moved by right clicking, selecting location, and trying to move to E.

However, this did not move the folder as anticipated, it simply moved the directory there along with some of the few recent pictures I had saved in the folder. Everything simply arrived in E with no actual folder.

Now the original folder has disappeared from C, and I cannot find a way to restore it.

How do I restore this folder, and how do I go about moving these foldes to the desired drive?

I've tried restoring defaults, unlinking the folder from E in the hope it would reappear in C, and making sure hidden folders are visible, but nothing has worked so far.

Thank you

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15 Feb 2016   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Reinstall windows, it takes 15 minutes :)

And this time, don`t move any folders, there is no need to.

Just copy your data from your older drives to your new drives, that`s it, no need to go moving the windows folders around.

Just keep your data in folders on your new drives, so you know right where it is.
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17 Feb 2016   #3
El Principe

Windows 7

I figured it out, when I get a chance I'll post it up. Basically, you first need to create a folder in the desired drive and THEN move the windows folder to that location. Just trying to move it to a drive (in my case, E: ) will result in making the drive the folder.
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17 Feb 2016   #4

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