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Why Are My Files Disappearing?


Lately i have been having problems with my files disappearing and then reappearing. I'll type up a word document and save it in a specific folder. When i go back to look for it in said folder it is not there. I try to search for it and it is no where in the library. I also try to rearrange the folder in a different ways to find the file. Alas, it still does not show up. The way i have to find it is to go into word and hope that the document is in the recently opened documents. If not, i am
Screwed and have to wait for it to magically show up again. Does any one know what my problem is and how to fix it?


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Files Disappearing From Recycle Bin

I have had this computer since christmas, and i love it. I have windows 7 and everything has worked perfectly up until i got connected to the internet in late april and so far it has been one problem after another. And that leads me to my latest frustration. Files that i have deleted to the recycle bin have disappeared. And i did not permanently delete then!So far i have not lost anything of major importance, except for some photos, but, that's not even a disaster.

However, i'm now afraid to delete anything, for fear that i would not be able to restore the item if i needed it. Fter losing a handful of files from the recycle bin, i did an experiment:  i purposely deleted some items/folders that were empty or contained stuff that i absolutely didn't need. I checked the recycle bin every day and for a while my deleted files were still in the recycle bin. Now, today. They're gone! 

The only thing i did out of the ordinary was download an update for adobe reader. That shouldn't have any affect on what happens to the contents of the recycle bin - or would it?So, i really would like to know why this is happening. Alice bb**** as of today, june 22/10, i have tried your suggestion azeez n. As well as others from related topics and still files disappear from recycle bin.

Now, here's a detailed account of events leading up to the files disappearing from the bin, all from today. Checked my email. Created 2 unimportant word files and then deleted them to the recycle bin. Bell program did a scheduled anti-virus scan.completed. All ok. Opened action center, recycle bin  empty! Windows defender recommended a scan. Normal. Created 3 more unimportant word files and deleted them to the recycle bin.

Went to favorites clicked on microsoft answers, recycle bin empty again!Created 2 more unimportant word files and deleted them to the recycle bin. Signed in to windows mail;  checked mail;  signed out. Selected microsoft answers from favorites; checked my threads; checked some related questions; signed out. Java update notice popped up on screen. Allowed it to download. Bell internet security notice popped up saying it had found and deleted a virus and recommended an immediate scan to see if there were any further infections.

Did deep scan at 98% complete. Recycle bin empty again!Scan completed. All ok. All these instances happened in one day, today. What is happening? As of june 25/10 the problem still exists. I am almost certain than it only occurs when i am online. I am trying to monitor this more closely and will post the outcome. Sometimes it seems as if the recycle bin is on a timer and just empties on queue. One day it seemed to empty about every hour.

One thing is for certain, i cannot use the recycle bin in it's present operating condition. Can i completely delete the bin and reinstall it?  If so, how? I am just a novice so please excuse me if this is a stupid question.


Posted On: 2010-06-16 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Media Player 12 Music Files Disappearing

For valentines day hubby built me a new computer and put windows 7 on it, which i am highly starting to regret. Anyhow i put my music i had backed up on my back up drive and it works fine, no problems. Then yesterday i ripped 2 c. D's on to it. I thought everything was fine shut down the computer. Then last night i went to play them and neither of them would show up on my media player, but both were in my music folder.

I deleted them and ripped them again and they showed up on the media player but the second i exit out of the media and go back to it they are gone, vanished, poof. I have tried restore media library and restarted computer come back they load on to the media player i exit out of the player and go back and once again gone. I have tried everything i can think of and still nothing is working and i am getting highly frustrated.


Posted On: 2010-02-27 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Disappearing Drive

I am running windows 7 -64 bit professional
The system boots off a 10k velociraptor

I also have a raid 5 set up for my data through a silicon image sil 3124 running in one of the spare pci-e slots. It comes on just fine (as drive d). Frequently, usually after the system has gone to sleep, the drive just plain disappears. I have to reboot to bring it back to life on the system. Two questions; toward the same end.

1) how do i get it to stop disappearing?
2) how do i get windows 7 from going to sleep? Ive messed round with the power options in the control panel and ive come to the conclusion that windows 7 -64 bit is narcoleptic.


Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Disappearing Programs

I have yet been able to regularly duplicate this problem, but it seems to happen to me at least once a day. I did a clean install of w7rc on a fresh hard drive and everything installed fine. However, occasionally i will click a program on my task bar and it will way it's not there and ask me if i want to delete the shortcut. If i go to the start bar, there are no programs and the only thing i can do it shut down. I'm uncertain if microsoft is finding this issue as i receive no apparent error. Upon rebooting, everything is fine. Like i said, i don't know how to reproduce it as it seems to have no trend towards doing a specific operation, but it seems to happen to me at least once a day.

Posted On: 2009-06-04 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Disappearing Icons

I have an hp touchsmart duo computer, windows vista home premium 64-bit, microsoft office 2007
I have a task/toolbar (not sure which) on the bottom right of my screen that used to have icons for the programmes i was running such as my mouse, keyboard (told me when batteries running low) internet access, external hardware attached etc. , But it has just stopped loading, the only icon still coming up is my norton. I do not know why it is temperamental, and i do not know how it decides what to show or hide, or when or why?


Posted On: 2010-02-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Disappearing Mouse Pointer

After a while of using my laptop, my mouse pointer gets uncontrollable for a few seconds. After it starts disappearing or moving objects, maximizing and minimizing for a few seconds it (sometimes) goes back to normal for about a minute and starts acting erratic again. This will go on for hours or until i get frustrated and shut down my system. Is this happening with any other users. If so please tell me how to fix this problem, i am tired of losing unsaved data. I lost seven chapters the other night.

Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Microsoft Games Keep Disappearing

Some of my microsoft games (e.g, freecell, solitaire, etc. ) Periodically disappear from my desktop - usually after the computer wakes from sleep mode. When that happens, i also cannot open them from the control panel. I've noticed that others seem to have this problem too. I've tried the check/unchecked games trick discussed in the forums. This doesn't work. I've been able to use the system restore, but it is tedious to keep doing that and i'm afraid that i might lose some programs or work one time doing that. I've run anti-spyware and anti-virus programs but they haven't found anything. Anyone have any suggestions?

Posted On: 2010-08-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Disappearing Address Book

Went into windows live mail to send an email and all my addresses had disappeared. Gone.zip. Found them in a folder on the computer. Reinstalled them in windows live again only to have them move 4 more times. The contacts stay in windows mail for a few days then zip. Gone and i have to reinstall them again. And this morning i got a pop up that said sticky notes weren't working, ms didn't know why, and they would get back to me when they found a solution. I'm already old. I don't know how much more time i have. These little glitches are enough to turn me into a mac person.

Posted On: 2010-02-09 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Cd/dvd Drive Disappearing / Vanishing

Will the new windows 7 address and fix the problem of the "vanishing" cd/dvd drive? In windows vista my cd/dvd drive keeps disappearing and i keep having to put the sqlite3.dll driver back into the system32 folder and then restart to make it reappear and work again.

Posted On: 2009-10-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Dvd Drive Disappearing Problem

On 2 laptops - almost identical dell inspiron 1545's - i have installed w7 rc 64 bit - after installation, the dvd drive seems to come and go at random - if its not showing, you can push the button to open the drive, and it reappears, and works fine for a while, but then it disappears again.

One one machine, i tried all of the suggestions about removing uperfilters, and lowerfilters, etc from the registry, disabled the integrity check, and turned off the driver check - have done all driver updates, and windows updates - now the drive works fine!

On machine 2 - did exactly the same things - drive still having this issue. I have also tried installed 32 bit w7 on it, and same thing. It originally came with vista - and it worked fine. Also, i know the drive is good - if it can boot and install windows 7 twice! Any thoughts/advice would be welcome!


Posted On: 2009-07-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Disappearing Buttons Minimize, Size, Close

I installed windows 7 64-bit version a few days ago and i have a problem with minimize, resize, close buttons. When i am opening the new window, browser etc. Buttons are visible, but when i am hover (in fact onmouseout event) they are disappearing. I didn't erase also any drivers, however i installed the newest nvidia graphics driver. It is still the same problem.

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Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Disappearing Printer Icons And Print Failures

In previous win versions it was possible to have different settings for the same printer eg quality, draft, color, black & white, etc. All the different icons would be displayed in printers. Win7 only displays the one printer ican (default) and the not other printer options in devices and printers. The other printer options do however appear in an application print dialogue box. The default printer works fine. The printer options do not print at all. All printer options use the same driver.

1. How do you make all the printer option icons display permanently?
2. Why do the non-default printer options not print?


Posted On: 2010-04-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Disappearing Drives, Unstable Boot Up Process

I've been using the windows 7 on my old asus desktop for a few months without a glitch until recently when the hard drives started disappearing by themselves or freeze after copying large files from the external hd and crashed. I reinstall the windows 7 few times, all of the oldie drivers that came with the pc, and the os updates nothing seem to help.

My pc is set to the s3 mode and three of the four internal hard drives are 1tb in sizes and they are all sata drives. I have a cd drive that is on the pata and it doesn't seem to cause any trouble. When the hard drives went to sleep, they woke up without any problem in the past.

When it was fresh installed a few months back, the windows 7 os was already providing all that was needed to run the pc to communicate with the rest of the internal hard drives for a few months without a single problem. I did use the drivers that came with the pc only to solve the problems but the symptions are persistent. I've been downloading microsoft updates regularly from the ms site so my pc is up to date as far as the os is concern and i wonder if the newer updates are to blame.

The moment the pc is booted up, "my computer" icon would show one or two, sometimes all three hard drives (excluding the main c drive) and when one of the troublesome hard drive is clicked to open, the pc would hang indefinitely. Only shutting down the pc completely (not resetting) would allow the boot up process to continue back but often the pc wouldn't boot up but frozen up on the big windows 7 ms icon at the beginning of the boot process indefinitely. If it was the hard drives problem, one or two, even all three drives wouldn't disappear randomly.


Posted On: 2010-03-25 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Aero Peek / Title Preview Not Disappearing

I have following problem with windows 7: i have firefox opened. I hover mouse over task bar and window preview start displaying with window titles. I do not click at them, i click again into firefox window. Usually this results into latest taskbar application i hovered have its title displayed for around 5 seconds, then disappearing, and this application have its bar highlighted with main icon color (which is also not what i want). But sometimes window previews from latest hovered window just do not disappear until i press some keyboard button in firefox. This is quite annoying for me. Is this how it supposed to work? I expect taskbar to stop any highlighting and hide any preview windows when i click into main application window. I have latest drivers and fully updated system if that helps.

Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Files Send To Dvd-rw Drive On Network Results In Deleted Files

"send to dvd-rw drive" when the source files are on a network drive results in deleted files! Windows 7 rc 7100. Have a mapped drive to another computer. I opened the folder, right clicked on a group of .doc files. I choose "send to dvd-rw drive". Responded to the prompt of "use like usb drive" or use in a cd/dvd player by choosing the 2nd choice. Then was faced with a prompt that filename.doc is no longer in this location cancel/retry/skip. All the files were gone! Not in recycle bin of either computer.

Posted On: 2009-11-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Programs Files Vs Program Files (x86)

What is the difference between the "program files" folder & the "program files (x86)" folder, in c drive? Various programs seem split almost equally between the 2, after i upgraded from vista to 7, except that internet explorer is in both, meaning that when i "open with" for a text file i get ie listed twice. Can i move everything to one or other of these & delete the other one? Is one for 64-bit and one for 32-bit programs or something like that?

Posted On: 2010-03-21 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

A2c Files Downloaded As Zip Files

If you go to alice.org and try to download one of their image files, ie8 changes the extension from a2c to zip making the file unusable unless the user manually changes the file extension.

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In our school network users are not allowed to change the file extension so that does not work. I found that the user when downloading has to change the file type to all files and change the file extension then. This is a bother to have to remember. When i tried with a different browser (chrome) the a2c file was recognized correctly. The computers in my school are laptops running windows xp. At home my desktop runs windows 7 and the problem is there as well. There was no problem with ie7.


Posted On: 2010-01-16 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Docx Files Downloading As Zip Files

I am having an issue with docx files turning into zip files when i try and download them in ie8. I have done alot of research on this problem and have looked into the 2 main solutions to this problem: 1) set security settings to "open file based on file content, not file extension" to disable  2) check the mime type table on the web server and make sure the office 2007 extensions are added.

The first step i tried and the file was still trying to open as a zip file. The second one i was only able to ask the vendor because the web server does not belong to me, but the vendor said they were able to get the same exact docx file to download as a docx file and everyone on their end was able to. I am able to save the zip file and rename the file extension to docx and open it, but sadly this will not be an acceptable answer.

I've tried adding registry settings to allow it to open with docx files as well with no success.
I am curious if anyone has any other suggestions for me?


Posted On: 2010-04-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Install 32-bit Apps To Program-files Rather Than Program Files (x86)

On 64-bit win7, is it wrong to install 32-bit apps to (drive letter):program files rather than program files (x86)? If wrong should installer prevent this? If installer allows it, what app behavior is appropriate?

Background: winzip 14. 0 (a win7 compatible 32-bit app) won't run if installed to c:program files. If installed to any other alternate path or folder name it runs ok. By convention starting with vista, c:program files (x86) is for 32 bit apps and c:program files for 64-bit apps. But installers allow overriding the install path and folder name. e.g, maybe i want 32 bit apps in c:program files and 64 bit apps in c:program files (x64).

If c:program files is a restricted location for 32 bit apps, should not the installer and/or os enforce this, rather than allow installation then break the app? What is the correct practice for both users installing apps and developers porting apps to win7?


Posted On: 2009-12-11 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Custom Install - Program-files And Program Files X86

Custom install from windows vista hp 32 bit to windows 7 hp 64 bit leave 2 program files - "program files" and "program files (x86). Mostly same files in either folder. If x86 is needed, i don't mind but why duplicate entries with items like windows mail. I tried to to delete program files x86 without any success, and i would like to delete system-32 files in the windows folder plus any other 32 bit related items, if possible.

I do not want a system with duplicate and redundant files. Because two items that i downloaded and installed appear in both program files, i'm suspending any further actions on the installation until i'm fortunate enough to receive some help and/or advice from this forum.


Posted On: 2009-10-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Difference - Program Files And Program Files(x86)

Why are there two program files on my new dell with windows 7 prof? Program files and program files(x86)? Is there a difference? What type of programs go in each?

Posted On: 2009-12-07 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Error - There Are No More Files

Error message on trying to save on hard drive "there are no more files" can not save files from any program: word, excel, firefox. Tried regcure, tried chkdisk full scan for virus and malware no luck so far.

Posted On: 2010-06-19 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Cannot Delete Files

I just moved from a computer with vista to one with windows 7 (64-bit). In doing, i saved a bunch of emails on the old computer as files, then copied them (over a wireless network) to the new computer. The browser was firefox; the files are . Eml filetype. Now, i want to delete some.

I can't delete the individual files: 'delete' doesn't appear in the context menu, and i can't drag them to the recycle bin. However, i think i can delete the entire folder: 'delete' is in the folder's context menu, whether the folder is in the left or main pane. But i don't want to delete the entire folder.

Now this is what i really don't understand. I go the folder's properties, uncheck the read-only box (it's not checked, but solid color), hit 'apply' and 'ok, " i get a window and it's running through all the files. But when i go back to the folder's properties, the box is filled in again. The read-only box for the files is unchecked, but i still can't delete then.

I ran windows explorer as administrator, but it doesn't seem to matter. The 'full control' box is checked in properties. Details.

I even added a "no need to keep" subfolder. I can copy the . Eml files i no longer want to that folder, but not move them, which is what i want to do (to clean out the folder).

What should i do?


Posted On: 2010-02-07 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Saving Files

I am having trouble with window 7, saving files and other programs, i have to upgrade 3 other programs that i mostly use. Photo shop(new software)  gives me a message  about not turning off maximize compatibility and can't save files. Family tree won't let me save to pdf. Ordered new update. Way to much time wasted looking for help on the net and can't use explorer 8, as it won't allow me to view pictures in side my email. I have to use google chrome. This is a new pc i received less than two weeks ago.

Posted On: 2010-04-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Wtv Files

Folks, win7 records tv shows in this wtv format and has a built-in tool to convert them to dvr-ms format. I use ps3 media server and it doesn't recognize wtv yet so i have to convert. The problem is, wtv converter that comes with win7 starts the conversion process and then dies off after converting like 5-6 minutes of the show. How can i diagnose this problem? Would a codec pack cause this? Better yet, is there an alternative converter for wtv into whatever?

Posted On: 2010-03-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Syncing Files

I recently set up my windows 7 computer with xpmode to run older programs. I've created a virtual drive (windows 7 (s:)) using a batch file in the host machine that points to documents in libraries. In xpmode i've moved "my documents" to point to the virtual drive s: which is documents on the host machine so i'm always working with the same files.

Do i need to have sync on in xpmode? It is set to sync on log off now. If i need sync i need to get the settings right because i get error messages when i log off that the tsclient couldn't connect (or something to that effect) and sync couldn't be completed.


Posted On: 2010-03-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

No Offline Files

I have a user that has offline files enabled and syncing. When she takes her laptop out of the office, she can login and see her files, work with them and return to the office an sync the changes. Now for the problem, if she wants to connect to say a hotel wi-fi, she can do so, but after logging in she doesn't have her offline files. It appears that windows 7 creates a new profile for her. She is using her domain login credentials and does not change to (this computer) when she is connected elsewhere.

Posted On: 2010-07-28 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Backing Up Files

I prepare accounts for a local society and previously used works and windows xp. I was in the habit of backing up the accounts file each time a change was made, to an external drive by using the save as command and overwriting the previous copy. I now have a new computer running windows 7 and find the system will not allow me to overwrite the previous copy. The panel advising that the file already exists appears with the option to overwrite but when i click "yes" another panel appears which says it cannot access the document. Please advise how i can achieve the required backup

Posted On: 2010-06-08 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Files And Folders

I installed window 7 last october. Running windows 7 home premium. Really love it. Recently, i went to access some old saved email messages i have saved in a folder, in my documents. When i go to open up (any) file that is a . Eml file from my documents, an outlook 'new message' window opens with a shortcut link at the top of my new message of that file. I click to open it and nothing happens. I try right-clicking the file within my documents folder using 'open with. ' and a window opens with the only option to select or recommended programs is internet explorer.

I tried using this option and the same occurs, outlook new message opens up with the icon shortcut. I try right-clicking /open with/ and browse and ( this is where i think i went wrong!) I browse and select microsoft office/office12/and select the outlook icon for the outlook application, click save. Then the window of 'open with' choose the program you want to use to open this file: and i select microsoft office outlook, the 'ok" with the same result - - - an new outlook message with the shortcut appears and i am back in that same loop with a file i cannot open.

I only have hundred of these . Eml files that i now cannot access. Please someone help me with the solution to what (i am sure) is an easy, but unknown resolution to my issue!


Posted On: 2010-06-20 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .