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#1 onionizer

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

Hi,
I seem to be missing my most important folder. It has vanished.
Is there anyway of finding this?.
I have done a search and while it does say it is there- as shortcuts, it doesn't take me to the folder..
Pretty desparate..
Thanks Alex

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:45 AM

I seem to be missing my most important folder. It has vanished.

Hi -
Have you used the Search facility built into XP ??
Start >> Search >> Click at the bottom for Search Companion >> Click All Files and Folders >> Enter something related to the missing folder in the top line >> Click Search -

If there is anything related to the folder left, it should give a result in the right pane -

Thank You -

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:46 AM

Please explain in detail what you're asking:

1) What is the folder, what does it contain, and where is it located?

2) What led up to the "disappearance" of the folder? These things don't happen spontaneously.

3) Open recycle bin and see if there's anything there just to make sure.

4) Are there any other anomalies or inconsistencies with your system?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:02 AM

I have tried the search facility thanks.
The folder contains all my work related stuff. Invoices, tax figures,. All microsoft office related stuff.
It was located on my desktop.

It has gone since I last checked.
My Pc has been crashing alot tho I must say..
I tried the recycle bin already..
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:07 AM

1) Go to START - RUN and type: desktop (then press ENTER). This will open Explorer to your desktop folder. Is it there?

2) Explain the crashes.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

No its not there,
PC won't always boot up or the monitor wont come on, or pc just switches off all of a sudden- this last on eis most common.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

Sounds like your problem is a lot more severe than losing a folder. Why don't you start at the VERY BEGINNING and tell us what led up to the problems you are having and please describe when and how all of your problems occur. Unless we have complete and detailed information and background it's almost impossible to assist you.

Also, have you run full system scans with BOTH your anti virus app and with MalwareBytes?

Edited by Allan, 02 April 2012 - 07:56 AM.


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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:16 AM

Thanks for your help Allan,
I haven't run my antivirus or malware as yet.
Well its been an ongoing problem particularly with the pC just switching off.
Most of the folder is backed up, but I haven't backed it up for a week or more.
My 7 year old was on the computer yesterday, and I'm wondering if he has deleted it by accident. But it wans't in the recycle bin..
It has had a new motherboard in the last year.
Not sure what else to say.
Thanks Alex

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:33 AM

I'm not trying to be difficult Alex, but you're really not providing much info - and each post gives us a little more background we didn't previously have (ie, the motherboard, your son).

When did this start (right after the new mobo, before, not related, etc)?

WHY did you install a new mobo?

Does it shut down when you are doing something specific or randomly?

Does it do the same thing from safe mode (if you haven't tried, please do)?

Have you checked your ram and hd? If not, please follow the instructions below.

Please run full scans with both your anti virus app and MalwareBytes


To check the ram, download memtest (http://memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd using a dedicated .iso burning utility (http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm), make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.

To check the hd, boot to the recovery console and run chkdsk /r




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