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contents disappeared after merging libraries

by bmmw7 / October 9, 2017 11:54 PM PDT

A few days ago my dual boot Windows 7 and 10 laptop had iaStor.sys BSOD error during restarting. Finally I was able to restart after changing the boot on BIOS. That problem solved.

After that:
- I moved (NOT copy) Windows 7 libraries contents to Windows 10 user libraries.
- Then I decided to create UEFI bootable disk for future use on a memory card.
Somehow now all Windows 10 libraries contents disappeared. Where are they? I thought they were being merged.

I do have all Windows 7 libraries contents that I moved earlier.
Are those files getting deleted during UEFI bootable disk creation? If so, how can I get those files back?

Partitions letter info:
When using Windows 7:
Windows 7 OS (C:)
Library (D:)
Windows 10 OS (W:)
DVD RW Drive (E:)

When using Windows 10:
Windows 10 OS (C:)
Windows 7 OS (D:)
Library (F:) (equals to D: when using Win 7 OS)

Memory card for UEFI (H:)

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Clarification Request
Re: library
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 12:04 AM PDT

If F: in Windows 10 refers to the same partition on the same disk as D: in Windows 7, and you call that "libraries" (which is a Windows 7 term meaning something else), how can you "move" data between them?

And where is your backup of that Windows 10 data you seem to have lost?

Post was last edited on October 10, 2017 3:29 PM PDT

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this how I moved the data:
by bmmw7 / October 11, 2017 2:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: library

While I logging in to Windows 7, I moved the Windows 7 libraries (D:) to a new folder "from Win 7" I created in Users Folder Windows 10 (W:).

Then I logged in to Windows 10 (C:), I moved the whole "from Win 7" folder to libraries (F:). I thought it would be separate (sub library) as everything was in that new "from Win 7" folders. I remember there was a pop up telling me there was already Documents folder, did I want to move or copy? I picked "move".

No backup data of Windows 10, unfortunately. Sad My bad that I didn't make one after successfully restarting from BSOD and before creating UEFI disk.

Note: It has secondary SSD of 32GB, not sure which drive letter. This is actually a friend’s computer, in case you are wondering why I am not familiar with the data files in every partition.

The main reason I moved files was I thought there are separate libraries in F: and D: for each OS. I didn't realized at the beginning that F: in Windows 10 refers to D: in Windows 7 until I saw:
- C: refers Windows 7 and 10 as well, depends on which OS I log into.
- Error when opening Windows 10 library (F:):
If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and then try again. If the location still can't be found, it might have been moved or deleted.).

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Re: move
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 11, 2017 2:34 AM PDT

If you only moved, and it was successful, and you didn't delete and format, your friend didn't lose anything, I think.

And surely he didn't lose anything he did backup. It's always best to have a backup before bringing your laptop or PC to a repair shop or giving it to a friend to mess with.

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moment of truth
by bmmw7 / October 11, 2017 10:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: move

Btw, I was the one who caused BSOD by pressing Power button to turn it off when seeing "Windows Update do not turn off your computer". I thought we don't need updates for Win 7 anymore. We were in a hurry turning Win 7 off to log in to Win 10. So, I was kind of responsible to fix it.

I'll return the laptop today and ask my friend to double check.

Yes, I learn my mistake. Always backup data before doing anything related to system and after BSOD.

Thank you so much for responding. Wish me luck.

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