can't find appdata folder on old hard drive
Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:17 PM
now everything seems fine but i want to transfer my firefox bookmarks from my old hard drive to my new one. i also want to get my info from this sidebar tool app which has alot of data i've entered into it.
i know the firefox profiles are located at C;\users\username\appdata\roaming\blahblah
its easy to find on my new drive, but i'm looking on my old drive and there is no appdata folder what so ever.
i have my folder options set to show hidden folders, and i can see the appdata folder in the 'public' and 'default' folders on my old drive but not in my 'username' folder.
i've been searching on how to do this for hours, this is literally driving me crazy.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:29 PM
Add the following: \Appdata and hit Enter.
The location should now be C:\Users\Name\Appdata
I always have to do this when I need in my Appdata folder.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:56 PM
i'm trying to find this folder on my old drive that i got back from the data recovery place.
i have it in two locations, on an external and copied onto c:
the person that did this put all my stuff in a folder called 'recovered files'
so it would be either
i even copied it to the root of M: just to make sure and it still wouldn't find it.
i tried to do what you said with it and use the address bar but it says windows cannot find that folder.
the file should be here, it was an exact clone of my drive. everything else seems to be here including hidden system files and all, i just can't get to this specific folder.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:15 PM
I see what the problem is....you've answered your question already....the Appdata folder is not normally visible...so when the recovery guy saved your files, he didn't bother to grab the Appdata folder...he just got the visible files in your profile folder....hence, Appdata is not there anymore.
There is no other explanation I can think of.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:29 PM
but how come there's the appdata files on the other profiles 'public' and the hidden one 'default'
he was also able to copy all the hidden system files and stuff like that, but how come not this one. there has to be some type of explanation to this.
he also sent me the broken drive back to me that he used. i have an external i can use, do you think i should try and put it in there, see if it turns on, and try and get my stuff if it's there.
or maybe i could message the guy again and see what he says.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:34 PM
I doubt the broken drive will work...you can't hurt anything by trying, but don't get your hopes up...
Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:01 PM
i think he sent the broken drive back to me because it was still able to get data off of it or something, although i don't want to spend money to get one folder off of it. before i sent it in it was able to work for about 15 minute at a time, but i'll wait what he has to say about it before i try anything and possibly damage that drive even more.
i'm not sure if you know anything about this, but when i was searching for a solution yesterday i was reading from some people saying stuff about junctions or something like that. it was kinda over my head when i was reading it. there was some program that searched for junctions and the appdata folder was actually one, like i said i don't know.
do you know anything about junctions?
Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:21 PM
i'll try and retrace my steps and see if i can find some of the pages that was saying stuff about this.
but i'm not even sure if this is the right thing i should be looking for.
EDIT: here's something i found on it
i'll keep looking, there were a bunch of forum posts on this type of thing.
Edited by deathx88, 07 May 2010 - 10:26 PM.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:35 PM
You could also search for a .json file (Firefox Bookmark backup file extension).
Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:51 PM
it just came up with stuff in the program files, program data, desktop/start menu stuff, and it showed up in the C:\users\public folder.
the .json just came up with an errormap file from october. so that's pretty useless.
i made sure i have all the hidden files shown, i even unchecked the 'protect operating system files' this shows everything, even hidden files that you should really never see.
i found this thread on another forum, this is basically the same problem i'm having, people suggested stuff to this guy but nothing really worked for me.
i'm still trying to search for more threads and stuff.
Posted 09 May 2010 - 12:40 PM
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:55 AM
Have you tried to unhide all hidden files and folder via Folder Options and View tab?
yeah, i even unchecked the 'protect operating system files' option. unchecking this literally shows everything.
but i messaged the guy that did my hard drive, he said he still has a copy of the image and he'll look into it for me.