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Meegs

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Hello!

I would very much appreciate some help finding my missing files and folders if possible.

I am running windows Vista version 6.0, service pack 2.

I started windows, and noticed that 5 of my desktop folders were missing, and all of the files contained within. A search for document and folder names returned nothing (even with advanced search options). One of the missing folders was called "term 1". I created a new folder, and tried to change the name to term 1. A pop-up told me that this destination (desktop) already contained a folder named "term 1"- did I want to merge these folders? I was confused, because I could no longer see the original term 1 folder. I clicked "yes" hoping that a merge would result in a visible term 1 folder, but now the new folder also disappeared. After some intensive searching, I could not find any of the folders/files that were missing. Some other folders/files were still visible on my desktop though.

I restored my computer to a previous checkpoint (from 2 days ago, after a windows update). After reboot, I received a message that the restore was unsuccessful. At this point, all of my desktop folders and files were gone, aside from windows default desktop icons. A search returned no results. I remembered that restore can fail because of an AV program, so I disabled Norton. I tried to undo the restore, which was successful, but no files/folders returned. I then tried to do a restore to a checkpoint from before the windows update. This was successful, but no folders/files returned. Yikes. I can still access the ones listed in my "recent items" panel, though when I try to re-save them, I get a "the file is read only/Normal doc" warning.

What have I done?! Can anything be done to restore my files? Strangely, a few random documents, and the majority of settings are still intact (firefox bookmarks are all in place, desktop background the same, etc). When I try to create a new folder called "term 1" I still get a message telling me that this destination already contains one. I should also mention that during the hunt for my folders, I changed my folder preferences to view hidden files/folders too, by right clicking a folder, and selecting "change folder settings". When I try to view these preferences now, by right clicking on any folder, the option to "change folder settings" is no longer visible. I also noticed that my quick launch buttons are gone if that means anything.

Any help/direction would be wonderful.

Thanks in advance,

Meegs
 
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