1.    05 Jan 2016 #1
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    Windows deleted my folders?


    I have this habit of writing down quick notes on my desktop on an empty folder kind of to use as a sticky note. I noticed all my folders got deleted somehow this morning...
    Does anyone know how I can recover the folders and why they disappeared all of a sudden?
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  2.    05 Jan 2016 #2
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    win 10 pro

    You might try System Restore or recovery software like recuva , easeus.
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  3.    05 Jan 2016 #3
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    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    If you know the name of one or more of the folders, install Everything Search Engine.
    Let it start after install to build it's index, usually takes 20-30 seconds.
    Enter type name or as much of it as you remember in the Everything Search input area, see if it finds the file.

    Also, look under C:\Users, see what accounts are there and if yours is still there, look under it to see if the files are there under Desktop. I'm wondering if you got logged in with a temporary account somehow?
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  4.    06 Jan 2016 #4
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    I can't do a system restore as I haven't set it up and I can't find the folders through Recuva either. The folders don't show up in search as well. I'm guessing it's impossible to recover them... anyone know what might've caused them to disappear?

    Thanks for the help though!
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  5.    06 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgnoir View Post
    I can't do a system restore as I haven't set it up and I can't find the folders through Recuva either. The folders don't show up in search as well. I'm guessing it's impossible to recover them... anyone know what might've caused them to disappear?

    Thanks for the help though!
    hmmm....Windows wouldn't just delete files/folders. Something else has happened. Have you checked your recycle bin? (I know, silly question) Did their properties get changed somehow to hidden? They won't show up in a search if they did, unless you show hidden files. Agent Ransack is a great search tool.
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  6.    06 Jan 2016 #6
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    Did you try Everything Search?
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  7.    07 Jan 2016 #7
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    Double yes to trying 'Everything'.
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  8.    10 Jan 2016 #8
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    I tried everything. I did a test to see if Windows was deleting or "getting rid of" empty folders by itself. I made a few new random folders and had them on my desktop. They also somehow disappeared.
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  9.    10 Jan 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgnoir View Post
    I tried everything. I did a test to see if Windows was deleting or "getting rid of" empty folders by itself. I made a few new random folders and had them on my desktop. They also somehow disappeared.
    Something's not right. Here's what I would do:

    - turn system restore on, and make a restore point or two.
    - make a new user account, and see if it happens on that one as well.
    - run a Malwarebytes AntiMalware Free scan to make sure there's no infections.
    - run SFC /SCANNOW to see if there are any problems with the system files
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