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#1 daneres

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 07:45 AM

Hi,
Sorry, am quite pc illiterate... Most of my folders with mp3 files suddenly dissapeared. I did check for hidden files even in the registry but could not find them. I know the files are still there coz when I check the folders properties, there's still 35gbt used space. All of my music files are stored in a separate drive. Using Windows XP.
Tx for your help. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 01:42 PM

There's a few ways you can find files misplaced files.


1) look through "Recent Documents" folder, to enable it if not shown, follow the arrows below

Right click the START MENU button => Properties => Task Bar => Customize => Lower checkbox marked for "show recently opened items"



2) Manually search each user account on your computer in windows explorer, Replace "Administrator" with your user account name if applicable,
change to whatever name you use @ windows login screen, if no name is used, it's defaulted to "Administrator". Right click the START MENU button
and pick "Explore"

Copy & Paste to search folders in "My Documents, My Movies, My Pictures, etc..."
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents

Copy & Paste to search folders in "Recently Opened Objects"
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Recent Documents

Copy & Paste to search folders in "Desktop"
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop

Copy & Paste to search folders in "Start Menu"
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu


Good luck, being a huge music fan myself, I totally know how you feel, and hope this helps.

#3 daneres

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 09:35 PM

Tx a million, will try n let you know.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 10:11 PM

Or in the old fashion way, login as administrator,
Open command prompt from Start Menu > Run and typing cmd
and type in command-prompt window :
c:
cd \
dir /s /a *.mp3

Now skip to d: drive using
d:
and use same code to search and so on for each drive.

#5 daneres

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 11:26 PM

Big tx to all of you....will keep this for future similar problems. What I did prior to getting your advice was...running a disk check/scan/repair on that particular drive and voila....!! all files back in place ...!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:39 AM

Just a cautionary note: When files/folders/partitions start disappearing from view, I interpret that as a signal to check that drive/partition for stability. I would run a manufacturer's diagnostic on that partition/drive, just to have the peace of mind that the drive is not having problems.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

I would also check Event Viewer very carefully for any errors noted which involve Disk0, Disk1, etc.

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

It never hurts to anticipate possible future problems when certain signals are sent.

Louis

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:34 AM

Tx and noted ....hamluis. Will check asap.




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