Empty folders disappearing

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  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
       #1

    Empty folders disappearing


    Hi,

    OS: Windows 10 build 1082.
    Issue: Empty folders (randomly) disappear.

    This happened at least 2 times (of which I am sure). I do not recognize a pattern.

    When it happens, all the sub folders (within one "main folder") that did not have files in them just vanish. The other sub folders who contained files remained intact. I checked outside the "main folder", I found empty folders on the hard drive.

    The first time I put it on the account of user manipulation. I recently bought an external hard drive and I have been transferring and organizing a lot. I also activate the option of not moving files to the Recycle Bin. Although I never made a mistake in the past ten years, this could have been my first time.
    There was a second time after that but I could not remember for sure if I did create the folders.
    This past 24 hours, on the other hand, it happened again, and this time I am positive it s not a user mistake: Empty folders are missing, other folders are fine.

    I do not think it is malware or virus related.

    There is no software, to my knowledge, that is supposed to interact directly with that "main folder".
    I do not use a cleaning software. I did defragment my hard drives lately, but after testing it today the problem did not occur (maybe I should re test it after creating a hundred empty folders...).

    I did not find a relevant thread about this issue, and I have no idea where this is coming from.

    If there is a need for additional information, please let me know, I ll try to answer as soon as possible.

    Umaro

    P.S In case someone is wondering, an empty folder still has a name, and it is an useful data to me.
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  2. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Home version 20H2
       #2

    Hi Umaro

    I'm no expert, but I have had this problem in the past.....usually caused by myself being a bit 'click happy'.
    Is it possible that you may have 'accidentally hidden' the folders ?

    milton
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Milton said:
    Is it possible that you may have 'accidentally hidden' the folders ?
    Unfortunately, it is not the case. My current setting is on "show hidden files/folders/drives".
    (Also, for the sake of conversation, I do not use the "Hide" feature, my pointer has little chance to hover over it)

    Still, it is good that you pointed out this option, since I did not check it in the original post.
    In any case, thank you for your help.
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  4. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Home version 20H2
       #4

    You're welcome Umaro.
    Like I said, I'm not an expert, but I'm sure one of the 'many very good tech guys' on the forum will assist you with the problem.

    milton
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  5. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Are you using Classic Shell seem to remember it was an option in there!
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  6. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    ossie said:
    Are you using Classic Shell seem to remember it was an option in there!
    I am not using Classic Shell.

    Did you mean there (maybe) is an option that "hides" empty folders? Or did you mean there is a feature that would help stop this problem from occurring again?
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  7. Posts : 3,643
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #7

    OS: Windows 10 build 1082.
    There isn't a Windows 10 version 1082, do you mean 1803?
    Check in One Drive to see if the missing files have been moved there.
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  8. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    spunk said:
    There isn't a Windows 10 version 1082, do you mean 1803?
    Check in One Drive to see if the missing files have been moved there.
    Yes, 1803 (I do not know how I came up with the other number). I will edit the OP.

    I do not use One drive, nor any similar type of software (no cloud, no synchronization).

    Just to be sure, I am not missing any file, only empty folders(*), and it happened more than once over a period of 2 to 3 months.

    (*) I guess that Folders are a type of file, but it is not the point here.

    Edit: I do not know how to edit the OP.
    Edit2: I opened One drive to be sure, it does not contain the missing folders.
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  9. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    Umaro said:
    I am not using Classic Shell.

    Did you mean there (maybe) is an option that "hides" empty folders? Or did you mean there is a feature that would help stop this problem from occurring again?
    No longer use program but thought there was an option that automatically deletes empty folders. Probably wrong though!
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  10. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    Racking brain because I remember it happened to me do you use CCleaner perhaps that was program with the option!
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