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Solved: Lost desktop folders on old hd

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 1johnny1, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. 1johnny1

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    I recently installed a new hard drive in my laptop, installed a new clean copy of xp-sp2. No problems. Put the old HD in a case with a USB connection so that I could retreive my files/programs... but most of them were in folders on the desktop, and the X:/My Documents/User/Desktop folder is empty. (Win Explorer is set to display hidden and system folders)
    I've checked every location I can think of, and I can't find those folders/files.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. jnibori

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    Just curious.

    Does it show the correct amount of used space on the old HDD, equal to what it should be if you could see the files/folders? And have you tried using a search utility on that drive?
     
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    The file size looks correct. I've used windows and google desktop search, still can't find the files. Even used PC Inspector to recover lost files, but that didn't work, either... maybe I should try a dos box... hmmm...
     
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    Still curious.

    So, you've removed your old internal HDD and replaced it. You've sealed the old HDD and created an external HDD, which is connected to the same laptop. Now the laptop recognizes the external HDD, however none of the data can be seen - but the data is detected as used space. Can you move data from the laptop to the old (external) HDD?
     
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    Sorry I didn't make this more clear. I can see some of the files on the old hd, BUT i stored a lot of files in folders on the desktop Now, I can't find any of those files (my whole music collection!) A couple of shortcuts show up in the F:\docs & settings\user\desktop folder, but none of the folders that were stored there. I can, however, see and move other files/folders from the Program Files folder to the new hd. I didn't make any changes to the old hd. just unplugged it, jumpered it to Slave, then put it in a USB external hd case
     
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    No clue. Sorry :confused:
     
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    Just a shot in the dark, but anything is worth a shot...

    Rather than being saved to your user account (X:\Documents and Settings\user\desktop), was it saved to All Users?
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but I've looked in every folder on the old hd (that I can see!) including \user, \all users, \owner, etc.

    This is really kind of a general question: Where does Win XP store (file path) the files that are created "on the desktop"?

    And is the fact that there is/was an active copy of Win XP on that old hdd the reason I can't find those files? (Does the old copy of Win XP need to boot for me to see those files?)

    I thought they were stored in a \Desktop folder, somewhere. Even when I search the old hdd for *.mp3, I only find the sample music files, not my collection, which should still be on that drive. (And I searched for "desktop", too. Still nothing.)
     
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    I reinstalled thte old hd into the laptop, was able to reboot and see the old desktop. I copied all of my important files to a regular folder in the C:\ directory, and now I can get them from the old hd into my new one.
    BTW, taking ownership did not help me, but thanks for your advice!
     
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