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All my notepads on my desktop disappeared

I was talking to my wife . my nephew called 1000 miles away said here is my new email i wrote it down in my notepad on my desktop saved it . i went too the restroom then got a glass of tea came back too email some family pics.. and all my notepads are GONE all of them i had 8 notepads with sites . mp3 emails address's my jobs address job phone ect ect ... i did a scan norton no virus .. did lavasoft adware scan ect none. did a system restore back one day no luck .. did another system restore 2....3 days back no luck ... i need my notepads back . some has passwords. all my other icons are still thier just all 8 txt notepads are gone . did a trojan search spyware doctor nothing !

p.s my wife has never touched a comp in her life. she was behind me going to eat. lol

i used a undelete program TuneUp Utilities 2006 no luck did a search for the name of the notepads no luck

any help will be most honnored with any help..

P.S I did not do no desktop clean up i have it turned off ~~

brand new just had this one going for 3 weeks
i have windows xp h/p a807 w s/p 2 amd athlon 64 processor 3200+ 2.20 ghz 1 gig ram

my first computer problem in 6 years .

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In reply to: All my notepads on my desktop disappeared

....for all files named *.txt, or have you done that already ?

Look in the Recycle Bin....
Look in the 'Recent Folder...

Is the Notepad program still there ? Are you referring to the Windows' Notepad ?

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Papa Echo

I did it all just got off the phone with h/p dumb as a box of rocks .. didnt get me no where only thing he wanted to do was sell sell sell ??

yes Windows' Notepad

the Notepad program is still thier i made another one added data reboot and still thier all my notepads are in my documents . other folders just the desktop note pads are gone i had them 2 in a row going down on the right hand side of the screen 8 in all ..

Look in the Recycle Bin....did it all
Look in the 'Recent Folder... did it all

thanks for the reply

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amlostinspace, This is just a WAG but do a file and folder search for desktop which will probably bring up 3 folders All users,default user, and owner (which would be your name) and see if your Notepad files are in any of those folders. Also make sure that you have Show hidden files and folders selected in Folder Options>View tab. Sometimes weird things happen. It's worth a try.


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...*.txt ?

(Start>Search>all files and folder>All or part of file name: *.txt

Try also: Right click Desktop>Arrange Icons By:......
check.uncheck "show desktop icons",but finally check show desktop icons. check/uncheck the others.....

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amlostinspace, I put all that information in 2 places

In reply to: All my notepads on my desktop disappeared

Anything could go wrong, power outage, computer crash so I have taken measures to prevent this from happening. I put the information on a floppy and I also have printouts of all my data so very little is lost. I have two floppies with sites listed and all my addresses are printed out and aanother page of my email addresses. And I have the same from a year ago and though I no longer using & other genealogical emails, they are also printed outwith person's first name and letter of last name (or two) with their email addresses.
Was in your shoes a long time ago and that is when I started creating backups, have some info on (2 addresses) and One has bookmarks of all my sites because I had four addresses at and two went bad and lost a lot from that. Sound files I burn to ensure that they are not lost, I have 30 CD-R's that has survived three computers for they were not in the machine. Machines are fallible.
Darrell Lewis

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