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Bumped into computer, now windows wont read files!!!

by algar32 / February 9, 2012 2:16 AM PST

I can not read any of my files on either of my hard drives. They appear to just not be there even though it says they are their based on the space on the hard drive. To confirm this i boot an xubuntu live cd and found all of my files to still be intact. WIndows simply isnt recognizing them. Also after bumping into it windows changed all of my taskbar settings as well as deleting the my computer option from the start menu. (it actually got rid of the entire column that my computer was in). What does this mean? What should I do? Thanks.

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Step one. Backup your files. How?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 2:24 AM PST


Step two. Decide if you are into PC Hardware Repair. Many folk are not into this so a trip to that shop that fixes your machine is best. Since it was a bump, after all my files are safe I might try opening the case and firmly pushing in the connections are all cables and boards. If that does not help I use CHKDSK on the drives and hope.

If that fails I try the apps at

If that fails I start over and then restore the files from my backup.

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After Backups, Can You Log In As A Different Admin And....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 3:03 AM PST

....check your files as a different admin user? If so, then it may be that your current profile is corrupted.. If that's the case, then create a new user for you and copy all your data over from your original profile.

Hope this helps.


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