Files disappeared in Vista merge when copying folder

HELP. Had backed-up users folders (e.g. Documents, Pictures, Music) on to an external USB drive. Reinstalled Vista. Went to copy a folder from the external drive back onto the PC under the users name. A message said do you want to merge folders. said yes. The folder and files did not transfer and the existing folder on the PC is empty. Where is the folder and the files and is there anyway to get them back? I disconnected the USB drive. Thanks.
itrsvaAsked:
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you sure the file are not hidden?

Try "show hidden files."
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tailoreddigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
aadih, definitely has a great first step.   If you find they are not hidden then,

Sounds like you need to try to restore the files on the original drive.  You can use a utility like,
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

to recover the files.   There are numerous other applications to do this.

The less you write to the drive (prior to running a recovery scan) the better chances you have to recover files.    

Recovery scans take a while.
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ded9Commented:
You need to take ownership of the folder before or after copying the folders.


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659.aspx


After taking the ownership of all folder  you will be able to see the files.



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itrsvaAuthor Commented:
After careful examination I believe I had an empty folder.  I think I created the folder on the external back-up drive but never did transfer the files. Dumb mistake, tough lesson.
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