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A Whole Folder Just Disappeared!


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#1 efish4559

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 05:06 PM

I recently bought a new 200g Hard Drive ('H:')
I have a folder on the root of the drive ('FILES').
'FILES', as I write this, contains 4922 (~8mb) files in 737 folders.

A few days ago, I tried to move a folder ('B') into 'FILES' ('B' and 'FILES' were both in 'H:'), but there was already a 'B' folder in 'FILES',
So I got a "Confirm Folder Replace" message...
Since I didn't want to overwrite any files, I clicked "Cancel", but then 'B' disappeared...
It didn't return to it's original location, wasn't deleted, wasn't in the new 'cancelled' location... just disappeared...

This morning, the first folder in 'FILES' ('A') was fine...
I didn't change anything or even view it.
I simply know it was still there since I saw it when browsing 'FILES'.

Sometime this day I needed to move something into 'A', but when I entered 'FILES', it was gone!
Simply gone...

I searched my whole computer to see if maybe it moved by accident.

I used a File Recovery program to see if it was accidentally deleted,
and though I found very old files, there was no trace of any of the 14 files that were in 'A'.

Then a ran a disk check on the drive to see if there was any 'corruptness' in the drive (although it's pretty new).
but still... nothing...

By chance, this morning, I used a file listing program to list all of the filenames and locations in 'FILES' into a text file.
[The program could not have deleted the folder, since I only installed and used it for the first time today]
So just now I relisted 'FILES' into another text file and used a file comparison program to check for changes,
to see if any other files or folders disappeared...
but what I found is that indeed only 'A' and it's 14 files disappeared... everything else was the same...

Now... how can a folder just disappear, with no trace?

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 07:37 AM

Files don't just disappear. Something has to delete them - it could be something on your system, or it could be a virus.

Since you used a file recovery program to check for them - did you happen to notice any similar files in the recovery program? It could be that the filenames in the MFT were corrupted/erased.

Other than that, my only possible guess is cosmic rays :thumbsup: Were you wearing your tinfoil hat when this happened? (just kidding!)
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