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All my files missing after transferring to a new user accoun

by hankbapn / November 25, 2013 8:38 AM PST

Ok so I have a big problem...
I created a new user account on my PC. Then I transferred(dragged and dropped) all my files over to the new account, but for some reason now they are all invisiable/missing and cannot be seen or accessed.
I know they have not been deleted because the hard drive has the same amount of data space used and left over as before the transfer. I am using vista (64 bit)

The whole story...
Well it's a big can of worms - that all started a few weeks back when my usual user account came up with the warning "The User Profile Service service failed the logon" Researching forums - the easiest solution I could find was to make a new user account and transfer the files over and delete the old account. So I did this no problems and it worked fine.

Then I went away for the weekend and my wife used my computer, and when I returned and logged in it said "data could be corrupt do you want to run a system check". Of course I said yes. Then it asked "do I want to revert back to a previous saved point". I said yes.

Now this is where it gets tricky...
So my computer started up again from the previous start point. BUT this save point was before the actual date I had created the new user account where I had transferred the files. So therefore there was no user account to login it to.

I STARTED FREAKING OUT! I logged in to the other admin account (I always keep a spare) and found that the new user account was not active, but the folder was there and all its contents. Phew I thought and decided to start the process again and make another new user account and transfer the files like I had done a few weeks
before. Did exactly the same steps. But after transferring the files I opened the folders and there was nothing there? Checked every folder in the new user account - nothing there!
But like i said the data usage is the same and the data properties says there is 122 gigs in the user folder?

I searched forums but couldn't find anyone with the exact same problem as myself.
I don't know what to do!
Lots of these I have no backups off, also to make matters worse I had only just imported video of my son's sports carnival and had not had the chance to back it up yet.

PS before you say it - yes no backups - yes I am an idiot!

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Do not move. COPY!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2013 8:55 AM PST

You only made one tactical error. If these are your last copy, then you must NEVER MOVE them. You copy so that if anything goes wrong you have a spare copy.

Why not copy these from your last backup?

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files missing after transferring
by hankbapn / November 25, 2013 11:10 AM PST
In reply to: Do not move. COPY!

I did think of that, but unfortunately my hard drive was so full that i did not have enough space left on my hard drive to copy all the files and then paste them to a new location.
So I foolishly moved them.

"Why not copy these from your last backup?"
Do you mean do I have a backup of the files on an external drive?
Then the answer is no.
I have some files backed up on an external usb drive, but not all.

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Then how to find files ANYWHERE on a drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2013 11:55 PM PST

(that's a question)

I use DIR. DIR has been around for 2+ decades so it's a basic skill and I'll supply how I find a file gone missing from where I thought it was.

C:\> DIR partoffilename*.* /S/A/P

That's it. Since we are in the top or root of the drive it will list out files that begin with that and pause as the screen fills.

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Just look harder dummy!
by hankbapn / November 30, 2013 7:33 AM PST

Ok I feel a little dumb admitting this, but I want my mistakes to be helpful to anyone else who did the same.

Ok I clicked folder properties - there is 122 gig in the folder.
When i go inside the user folder and look at each folder size.

The (hidden) AppData folder has 122 gigs??
So I went looking deeper inside the AppData folder... kept doing folder data sizes... and followed the trail to

In my folders all waiting for me!!!

Such a simple fix! I dont know why i didnt do that before.
I did look inside the AppData folder last week but didnt look any further. Stupid me!
I have been so worried all week, and now I feel so happy!

Thankyou to everyone for yor help and advice!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2013 7:46 AM PST

That's a new one. I rarely see anyone copy to that place. Good to read you found them.

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