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How Are These Duplicate Files Created?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sistafatti, Jun 13, 2008.

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  1. sistafatti

    sistafatti Thread Starter

    Feb 18, 2004
    Recently re-installed WXP after Computer Crash.

    Copied "My Documents" folder from thumb drive to the computer
    Noticed several folders in "My Documents" were missing so thought I didn't back up to the thumb drive often enough so figured they were lost in the crash.

    Wasl looking for a file and was unsure in which folder it might be located so did a "search" and found it in "My Documents". Went back to the "My Documents" folder and it wasn't there so did another search. This is what I discovered:

    I went into Windows Explorer and found "My Documents"

    I went into "My Computer" and then the "C" drive and found Documents and Settings, Gary, My Documents in the tree

    Further down the tree I found the "C" Drive again and found Documents and Settings, Gary's, My Documents.

    It appears there are 3 "My Documents" on my computer and of those down the tree had the missing folders I was looking for.

    This is strange because after the computer crash I inserted the WXP Install disk and it wiped out all of my files and programs before installing. When the install was complete I had to install of my programs, printer, scanner etc. I then transfered the "My Documents" folder from the thumb drive to my computer. Since all of the programs were wiped clean, where did the 3 versions of "My Documents" come from.

    Under Windows Explorer there is:
    "My Documents"
    Documents and Settings, Gary, My Documents
    Documents and Settings, Gary's My Documents

    I had to copy some of the folders in both of the last two into the regular "My Documents" folder on the desktop.

    What happened?
  2. mca


    Jun 6, 2008
    Someone accidentally/intentionally moved the contents while browsing around your computer, creating your phenomenon. Could have simply not formatted during installation of windows, so windows worked it's magic and retained the references to the documents.
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