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Old 17th September 2006   #1
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Files disappear inside directory


Thanks in a advance for your help. For some reason, the files and subdirectories inside my "C:\unzipped" directory have disappeared, and when I copy a new file into this directory, it also disappears. But I know the files are still in that directory because when I try to copy the same file into that directory, a message indicates that a file with the same name is already in the directory.

I was able to open one of the many subdirectories inside the C:\unzipped directory by using the File - Open - Recent command in Internet Explorer. I was able to drag this subdirectory into a new directory, and all of the files are intact.

I tried the "Show hidden files and folders" command within the C:\unzipped directory, but nothing changed. I also checked inside the directory using MS-DOS, and it appeared empty. However I know the files are still in there since I can open some of them using programs that save recently opened files.

This problem is limited to the C:\unzipped directory.

Any thoughts on this problem would be greatly appreciated, as I am totally stumped (and not a computer expert).

Thank you very much.

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Have you tried doing a drive Search (using the Search tool of XP) for some file that you know to be in that folder? That may give you some clue as to where the file are really being written.

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Yes, I did try that. The search does not find the files that are in that directory, even though I know they are in there. I can open some of them through programs that save recently opened files, and I cannot copy files with the same name into the directory because it says they are already in there. As I mentioned, DOS doesn't show the files either.

Thanks for responding. It's a very strange situation.

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Do you have a lot of folders in that directory?

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Mysterious inability to expand left-pane folder structures is known to occur
if you have more than 100 subfolders off a target folder and you are using
a Windows Explorer shortcut to auto-expand a specified target subfolder.

Up until recently, the above Windows limitation has not been significant
because few people have more than 100 subfolders off a target folder.

However, with the proliferation of Music devices with large amounts of
memory, more and more people are cataloguing their music albums by
subfolder structures on their music devices -- so seeing more than 100
subfolders is becoming more common.

If you do run into the abovementioned limitation, try making genre-folders
for your music and splitting the folder structure so you have a smaller
number of subfolders in each genre-folder. If this magically solves your
problem, then it pretty well proves you're having the problem mentioned
above.
As far as I know this issue has never been corrected in Explorer.

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Originally Posted by Bill Castner
Do you have a lot of folders in that directory?

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As far as I know this issue has never been corrected in Explorer.
There are a number of folders in that directory, although less than 100. But it appears to be totally empty, so I cannot delete or move any of them. I also tried to delete the directory itself, but I cannot do it because it says the directory is not empty. Again, when I transfer files into this directory, they disappear, even though I can open them so I know they are still there.

Thanks for responding.

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Start, Run, CMD

attrib -h \folder_name
attrib -h \folder_name\*.*

exit

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i recently had the same problem. i ran chkdsk on the drive to no avail. i used norton system works 2005 to fix it actually. their disk doctor cleared up the file indexes and i guess that was a problem. if you have it give it a try.

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