Baffled, I looked through my other folders to see if they got merged somehow, but they didn't.
Next, I went to my Recycling bin to see if they had accidently been deleted. I didn't see it in there, but I restored everything anyways, just in case. It still didn't show up.
I then tried to do a few file searches on my computer with the names I could remember. Only a couple of the names I tried showed up, but they were only Shortcuts. When I clicked the shortcuts it told me "The item 'Name.psd' that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly. Do you want to delete this shortcut?"
Finally I went online and searched 'Missing folders'. I got information on how to unhide hidden files and followed the instructions, but still, no Art folder.
I then found a list of free programs that would help recover deleted or lost files from your harddrive. The first one I downloaded was Recuva. I ran the scan, but it came up empty. I then found a program called UndeletePlus, which I thought was free. I downloaded it and ran the scan, and hey! My pictures showed up! I carefully went through and selected them all, then clicked Recover...only to be told I had to pay $50 to do so -snort-. Not discouraged, I downloaded yet another free scan (FreeUndelete), and again got no results.
At this point it dawned on me to try a System Restore. So I went to go look up a restore point...and there was only one, and it was marked for earlier that day right around the time I booted up the computer. Thought that was odd. I decided to try it anyway, in case the damage at been done while I was internet surfing earlier and not the night before. Once the Restore was finished I went and checked on my files. No Art folder, no art files.
I ended up downloading quite a few file recovery programs. After Recuva and FreeUndelete I also tried Restoration, Glary Undelete, Photore, Pandora and NTFS Undelete. Mostly all they found were deleted temporary files...no art stuff. Getting discouraged, I then decided to run UndeletePlus again, just to see my file names and be reassured they were, in fact, there somewhere. To my shock, the second scan yielded no results. All the pictures it had showed me before were gone now.
It was then suggested to me that this might be a virus. I found it odd a virus would just attack my first picture folder and nothing else, but I ran Malwarebytes and SUPERAnti-Spyware anyway. They both came up empty and said my computer was clean.
So now I am officially out of ideas. None of my techy friends seem to know either, so you guys are my last resort. I'm really going to be very devestated if all of my art files are gone forever... Please help?
I have an HP desktop computer.
Windows Vista Home Premium - Service Pack 1
32-bit Operating System
2.00 GB Memory
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz
I hope I've provided you with enough information...
Edited by hamluis, 18 July 2012 - 10:09 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected - Hamluis.