Posted 09 July 2009 - 10:37 AM
If you are using the built in Windows XP defragmenting tool on your hard disk, it will not move or compress files or hide them in any way that you would be unable to find them.
Things should not be put into a ZIP or RAR file unless it happens by your own hand(s).
It is possible to use Windows XP tools to compress files, but they should still be available in the original location unless they were moved by some other method.
If you saw some message about unused things being moved, perhaps it was the desktop cleanup wizard that moves stale desktop shortcuts to a new folder due to inactivity, with 60 days being the default. These items are removed from the desktop to a separate folder called Unused Desktop Shortcuts and can be easily restored. This wizard can also be configured to run differently or completely disabled.
The Recycle Bin might be a good place to start looking if you know specific files and the items have not been deleted from the Recycle Bin.
If you can supply more information about the messages you see, what you think you are missing, why you think defragmenting may be involved, or any other non XP tools you are using maybe we can help you locate the missing items if they have not actually been deleted.
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