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Problems After A Defrag


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#1 balniks

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:52 PM

Hi there,

Little help, i'm having problems after a defrag. When i restarted my comp, it went all oldskool, like back to a lot of original settings. I still had all my things though, so i started readjusting back to my old settings.
Then when i turned on the next day, it changed again. This time, whatever folders (containing various things, mp3's,jpgs,wmv's etc) i had on my desktop, had disappeared. Also my favorite links have been wiped. (i still have everything else i think, including net history...)
I've tried to a system search, which brings up these lost folders, but only as a shortcut, and they are empty. when i click it says: The item referring to this shortcut has been changed or moved... i also tried a system restore from before the defrag, but it says it couldn't do it.

So any idea where i might be able to find these lost goodies or something that may recover them?

Any help appreciated, as i had a lot of pics of travelling and stuff.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:33 PM

Maybe you can get to safe mode and try last good configuration.

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:48 AM

You may have a problem with your hard drive. Go to the website of the manufacturer of your hard drive and they should have a diagnostic tool that you can download and use to run a test on the drive.

If the drive checks out okay try running the System File Checker (sfc).

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 02:19 PM

Hi .

Why You May Not Be Able To Run SFC



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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:12 PM

What program did you use to defragment? It seems odd that not only were the folders moved, but apparently the contents hidden or deleted.

Here's a thought: do a search for a specific file name. If it comes up, then click on "open containing folder". This might lead you to where the files have vanished to. I remember one defrag. program that moved my entire set of documents to a completely different location. I found them by searching for a specific file rather than a folder.

SFC will not work to find lost document folders, but may bring up a contributing factor to the disappearance or moving of those folders.

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