Folders and Images in 'My Pictures' disappeared

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Backstgartist

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I've searched and searched but I can't seem to figure out what has happened.

I was browsing the net and when I closed out of my browser, I noticed my desktop background image was gone. I went into Preferences to check if I'd maybe accidentally deleted it, and to replace it with a new image.

I found that inside the 'My Pictures' file there was nothing but the 'Sample Images' that come with Windows and some Web images and information from Netflix (a folder of images of DVD covers and an HTML link to the website). All of my own pictures were gone.

I checked the recycle bin, checked under 'Documents and Settings' for all users (it's just me and the basic Admin/All Users), tried two basic file restore program, and made sure I didn't have any options enabled that would have hidden the folders.

When I turn off my computer and log back in, my background image shows up for a moment in between the Windows boot-up and the log-in screen, so I know my pictures must exist somewhere, but when I'm logged in they are no where to be found.

Anyone know what the heck is going on??
I'm running Windows XP Home Edition, Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600 on a Dell Inspiron 1520.
101GB of 226GB of free space on my C:/

Thanks!
 
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