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Restoring "missing" files in XP?

I was trying to access (in Windows Explorer) a file directory with over 200 files in it (mostly BMP's [Second Life screenshots] and RTF files), but showing me only the most recent thumbnails, XP said "Not Responding". I kept waiting for it to respond, and went and did other things (web browsing, mostly) while waiting, but it never responded, and finally I just had to shut my computer off for the night.

The next day, all the files are gone from that directory except for that handful of more recent ones, the one's that were onscreen when Explorer. Why the hell did this happen (other than the fact that Windows is crap)? Is there anything I can do to try to find and restore these files?

Thanks in advance ...

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It's a well known bug in Explorer.

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Please do not ask me why this one has never been fixed. We have discussed it so I'm going to cut to the cure.

-> Move half the files our to another directory and see which half the file that gives Explorer pain is in. Now cut that in half. In less than 9 tries you should find the file that causes Explorer to not respond.

Remember it is a well known issue. Microsoft has shown no interest in fixing this one.

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Re: It's a well known bug in Explorer.

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Um ... it hasn't frozen any more since then, if that's what you mean by pain. The "pain" that I'm being caused is that most of my files are gone. Is that what's supposed to be diagnosed by moving half the files to another folder?

Anyway, I'll try it. Otherwise, I still need to figure out how to restore those files, if at all possible. If anybody has any ideas at all, I'd like to hear it.

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Try This From The Makers....

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Yes, a diagnosis. Sorry, no cure.

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We already know that Explorer chokes and dies on some files. The method I shared is how to narrow it down to which file it is.

-> Some forget we have other than Explorer to look at files. There are some hundred file browsers but I like Gyula's Navigator when I run into this old bug.

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