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February 11, 2014 5:32:28 PM

Hi. I just did a clean install of Windows 8.1. All my files are located on a separate hard drive than the OS so I'm transferring everything in so it works properly. In other windows version you could just change what folder you used for documents so when you hit START My Docs, it would go to the proper place. When I tried to change the location of my documents to J:\Users\Guy\Documents, even though I pointed it to the right location it said that no folder by that name existed. Obviously it must since I used its own finder to locate it. Anyway it asked if I wanted to create the folder so I said yes, figuring it would create or add to it. Bad move. So now all the files that were in it are gone and have been replaced with the handful of things that windows sets up in My Documents. Is there any way I can recover my old files? I sincerely hope so and can't believe Windows screwed me over like this. There were probably 400GB of documents in there so I'm shocked windows could just delete all that. I really hope someone can help. Thanks.
a c 383 * Windows 8
February 12, 2014 12:31:30 AM

GPiddy said:
Hi. I just did a clean install of Windows 8.1. All my files are located on a separate hard drive than the OS so I'm transferring everything in so it works properly. In other windows version you could just change what folder you used for documents so when you hit START My Docs, it would go to the proper place. When I tried to change the location of my documents to J:\Users\Guy\Documents, even though I pointed it to the right location it said that no folder by that name existed. Obviously it must since I used its own finder to locate it. Anyway it asked if I wanted to create the folder so I said yes, figuring it would create or add to it. Bad move. So now all the files that were in it are gone and have been replaced with the handful of things that windows sets up in My Documents. Is there any way I can recover my old files? I sincerely hope so and can't believe Windows screwed me over like this. There were probably 400GB of documents in there so I'm shocked windows could just delete all that. I really hope someone can help. Thanks.

Try searching 'Computer' (Just noticed now called 'This PC!) for something common, like *.doc or *.pdf, (something you used frequently) and see if they can be found, then note the location...

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a c 383 * Windows 8
February 12, 2014 12:46:50 AM

Just checked my locations (This machine was upgraded to 8.1) to discover that Documents etc. listed on 'This PC' are on the separate drive (G) where I relocated them whilst running 8, whereas those listed under Users (My name) are on the 'C' drive. Best look under Users to see if your docs etc. are there...
Seems M'soft in their wisdom(?) have removed the option to relocate User folders to another drive. Totally ignored the requirements of those using SSD/HDD combinations... You're fortunate you performed a clean install, many have found that you can't upgrade if you've relocated your User Folders... No wonder folk get fed up with M'soft...
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February 13, 2014 11:11:50 AM

Thanks for your replies. I appreciate it and was very frustrated. The weird thing is that I found the files in My Docs (I think the whole folder). When Windows created the new folder on the other drive, even though I was telling it to use a current folder for My Docs, it moved the folders contents into Dropbox. Why the heck it would do that is beyond me. It ended up deleting all the files that were in Dropbox and put the My Docs files there. Totally bizarre but I'm glad i found them. The dropbox folder can be easily recovered. How stupid. Why remove something that has been in windows and a very common thing and then mess with people's computer's like that? What a headache and waste of time. And I almost paid money to recover the files I thought windows deleted. Things are supposed to get easier, add features and evolve, not add frustrations to obvious commands.
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a c 383 * Windows 8
February 13, 2014 2:48:39 PM

This parallel thread might be of interest...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2023895/window...
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