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Missing files.

by Aourion / September 5, 2008 5:04 PM PDT

I used the search button, but alas--I suck. So can anyone give me a play by play to recover missing files? I booted up my computer after a manual reset to find a folder I frequent missing. I looked in the "my Recent Documents" history to find the files missing. I already downloaded and installed PC inspector, but I have no idea how to use it...

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Need More Information...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 1:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing files.

What EXACTLY did you do to perform the "manual reset"? Simply reboot the computer? Something else? System Restore maybe? Why did you need to do the manual reset?

So a file or folder simply disappeared after you rebooted the computer?Strange....but we need information such as the operating system, whether you've got malware on the machine, the type of file you're looking for, etc.

As to PC Inspector, have you checked their website? Read the manual for that program yet?

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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I screwed up.
by Aourion / September 6, 2008 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing files.

I made an improper shutdown by holding the power button to turn off the computer. That was a no-no. I'm positive this led to the misplacement of my folder. My computer froze, I'm not sure it was a crash or not... but the damage has been done.

Basically i lost an image folder with all of my personal stuff, photo's, music. It was just a basic storage folder. I tried system restore, but that doesn't seem to behave; it's turned on, but no restore points we're shown. Thus pissing me off a little. Thinking that the missing files should have been detected upon boot, I tried to initiate scandisk, it attempted to fix my system files...but I don't have my window's CD. PC inspector, which I downloaded to my main drive, (the one i'm trying to find the lost data)soon as it's initiated--just shuts itself down.

So, i'm stuck.

My OS is: Windows XP 2002. Any other info that I could provide?

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cant run scandisk either...
by Aourion / September 6, 2008 11:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing files.

I tried to run scandisk,when i hit the check now button and click the two boxes, A window comes up saying "windows was unable to complete disk check"


What can I do?

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There's No Reason Such A Folder Should Disappear...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 3:43 AM PDT

...simply because you pressed the power button.. That said, have you tried simply doing a search for the picture files.. Click on Start-Search to open the Search window, then choose "All Files and Folders" and make sure the "Look in" line shows the C: drive. Next, in the "All or part of the file name" line, type "*.jpg", (That's assuming you had .jpg picture files in the folder..), then click on the "More Advanced Options" drop down arrow, and place a check mark in the boxes next to "Search System Folders", "Search hidden folders", and "Search Subfolders". It may still exist on your drive but was placed in a different location and hunting for all files with .jpg file extension should find them.

By the way, Windows XP doesn't have a "scandisk" program.. It DOES have "Error Checking/chkdsk" (Check Disk) and if you can't run it, then there are other things that may be wrong.. Actually, if you're trying to find missing files, it's probably not a good idea to run Chkdsk at this time.. It would make the files more difficult to find.

And more importantly, where are your backups for these important files and folders.?

Hope this helps.


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I found the problem
by Aourion / September 8, 2008 3:45 PM PDT

My hard drive is raw apparently. Unformatted right? Well I need to recover files form my Raw hard drive, is there anything I can do. (Without shelling out a sum of chash?

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For not much...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2008 9:52 PM PDT
In reply to: I found the problem

Try these for free since they will tell your for free if they will work.


Use google to find them and then it's just a matter of "Are my files worth this small amount of money?"

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