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Cannot see files in the Documents folder

I have multi boot Windows. While in Windows 8  I tried to access the documents folder in Windows 7. I do not know what happened. I may have pressed some wrong key on the keyboard but that folder vanished for a while. Later on it was visible but nearly all my files in the Documents folder of Windows 7 are not visible whether accessing from Windows 7 or from Windows 8. I do a search of the files stored in that Document folder but with no result. How to access the files again?








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David Johnson, CD

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Can you please explain the command
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I  mean the "c:\users\<user>\Documents folder". I have set the permissions to Everyone using the Advanced tag of Securities of Documents but with no success. I do have a previous image but that would destroy a pain staking restoration of images of Roxio Creator and lesser pain of migration of HDD to a SSD.
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hmm did you uncheck the  "do not display hidden files and folders" checkbox under folder options?
did you try to search for *.jpg (or similar file endings for your pictures/roxio files) under the partition root(C:\)

please use "tree size free" and confirm that the folders in question are empty.
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SALEM586

I did uncheck " do not display hidden files and folder" under folders before it was mentioned on Expert Exchange Forum. I did try to search for files using both Copernic Desktop Search and Power Desk but they failed to discover these files. I also have Recover My Files installed but that is a long process of recovery. Since I have paid software installed it is  not necessary to install free software for that purpose I am still wondering where the files went?
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I  just do not know how Documents turned up as My Documents in "My Music" folder. I do not know why such tools as Copernic Desktop Search, Power Desk, and Windows Search  and previous files of Microsoft Office could not locate my file?. Using Recover My Files I could not recover .dmsa files which Roxio uses so it was futile to run it. In exasperation I was just going to recover the hard disk through an image when I made the serendipty discovery. The drive on which Windows Seven is installed on is a new Intel Enterprise SSD viz. SSD 3500 where data corruption should not occur.
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I have awarded points to all the experts who participated I shall be obliged if they could indulge & comment on the questions raised in my last comment.
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SALEM586--Glad I could help.
It is not clear how you eventually did find those files.
However, it is not at all unusual that a slip of the mouse drags a file from one location to another.  (And Documents are right above Music in my Explorer tree.)  That is one of the main reasons I find Everything to be so useful!  :)
David Johnson, CD

The drive on which Windows Seven is installed on is a new Intel Enterprise SSD viz. SSD 3500 where data corruption should not occur.

Backup, Backup, Backup.. nothing is guaranteed in life. When an SSD fails it is a catastrophic failure.. nothing is recoverable.

You know how well, (see above) how fumble fingers can cause a problem.