Moved 'documents', now all my files are gone..

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Paul van der Heu, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. I just installed Vista ultimate and (as I did with XP) I kept my 'my
    documents'filder on a separate drive. When I assigned the 'documents'folder
    of Vista to that folder (in my case E:\_my Documents_) all files in that
    folder were gone, just the subfolders remain..

    Now I put the 'documents'assignement back to its original place, but the
    old folder is still gone and still called 'documents'. I can access the E:
    \_my documents_ folder through a shell, but also there all files have

    Before I gab my copy of R-Studio I was hoping someone had any tips.
    Paul van der Heu, Feb 18, 2007
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  2. If you feel the files are gone, using rStudio yesterday would have been a
    good choice on your part.

    The longer you wait the greater the chance that they may be over written. If
    they are gone, anything else you do to try to repair for the error may over
    write them.

    I would recover them to a external hard drive - even if they are just on
    your computer in an unorthodox location. Then try to repair for the

    I have done exactly what you have tried to do (over 50 times now) without
    any problems. It is the way I set up my customers computers - all private
    files on partition D: (usually dual booting with Windows XP) so that both
    operating systems use the same information storage area.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
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    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Feb 18, 2007
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  3. The folder has probably acquired the Display name of 'Documents' via a
    hidden. system file named 'desktop.ini'. You can delete it. But I wouldn't
    go deleting anything if you want to recover your files.

    I would look for the files by opening a command prompt window and typing the

    dir /a /s <KnownFileName>

    the results should let you know if the file is anywhere on the drive,
    regardless of attributes.
    Keith Miller MVP, Feb 18, 2007
  4. Tried this on a few files I knew were there, but no results. R-studio cam
    up blank too. To make matters worse I plugged in my old drive with the
    original E:\ partition on it (I installed a bigger drive at teh same time
    as installing Vista and copied the partition there).

    To my great disgust I found Vista decided to also make the _My Documents_
    folder on that drive visible as Documents ( guess this is a virtual
    folder?!) and apparantly wipe the contents there too.. why this is I have
    no clue.. but it seems I am seriously screwed here losing much data and

    Needles to say I am shelving Vista and returning to XP. Right now this
    upgrade has costs me serious time and money and probably will loose me
    money as well.. I have just found a serious antitrust towards Vista and
    it'll be a while before I let it near any of mys systems again..

    This is just unbelievable BS.. I guess it's "Thanks fornothing Microsoft"

    Maybe a mac or Linux is not so bad after all..
    Paul van der Heu, Feb 18, 2007
  5. While I am still shocked by the events of teh last hours it seems I
    overlook the recovered files R-Studio found. Not that I am surprised, since
    R-Studio is IMO the king of the hill in this area..

    I am in teh process of checking teh results so here's hoping..

    Still feel this is a serious booboo on the part of vista though..
    Paul van der Heu, Feb 18, 2007

  6. Boy.. did I have issues with putting the H and E in the right sequence in
    the previous message..:)

    It seems I was able to recover the files I lost, and oddly enough A second
    attempt to link My Documents with the same folder worked fine..

    Dunno what happend the first time, but let's see if all keeps going well..
    Needles to say I have am now in the process of a full backup of all data
    'just in case'. ;)
    Paul van der Heu, Feb 18, 2007
  7. Glad there was a happy ending -- take care.
    Keith Miller MVP, Feb 19, 2007
  8. Paul van der Heu

    ceece Guest

    Consider using those tiny flashdrives to backup ALL things that are
    important. I love those things. They make them in a couple gigs now and not
    as expensive as they used to be. It's like having extra hard-drive anywhere
    you want to take it. ~ ceece
    ceece, Feb 28, 2007
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