Pictures disappeared from Pictures folder!

thepluck

New Member
Hello!

All the pictures in my Pictures folder have disappeared, leaving behind a bunch of empty folders. I did not delete them, and I have no viruses according to AVG. It appears that this happened to a few others on this forum, but no solutions were presented.

If it helps - I noticed that the Read Only button was checked on the main folder, so I unchecked it, and I watched the status window un-apply "read only" protection from all my actual pictures files, so it seems to me that they're still there but invisible.

I performed a system restore, and Recova is in the process of performing a "Deep Scan" for my pictures (the quicker scan did not find the files). Has anyone solved the problem of the disappearing pictures? Is this a Vista problem, or perhaps a problem with an update? Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!
-thepluck
 

My Computer

Frostmourne

Banned
Read only shouldn't have anything to do with it. Have you checked the Recycle Bin and AVG's quarantine? Is the Hidden attribute cleared? Have you installed any new programs or updates?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Sony Vaio Z46GDU
    CPU
    [email protected] w/6MB L2 cache 1066MHz FSB
    Memory
    6GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    9300M GS 256MB + Intel Integrated 4500MHD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.1" WXGA True Colour Tough
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    320GB SATA 7200RPM
    Internet Speed
    1MB/s

thepluck

New Member
Nothing in the Recycle Bin, don't see anything in AVG's quarantine. The Hidden attribute is NOT checked. I did do a series of the latest Vista updates recently, as I have it on automatic update.

The crazy thing is that the properties menu on the main Pictures folder shows that it contains 10GB of pictures, but then when you go inside the folder, it and the subfolders are all empty. Some of the subfolders show up with sizes too. Strange.
 
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Frostmourne

Banned
Do you have any software that monitors the pictures folders or manages the picture folder?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Sony Vaio Z46GDU
    CPU
    [email protected] w/6MB L2 cache 1066MHz FSB
    Memory
    6GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    9300M GS 256MB + Intel Integrated 4500MHD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.1" WXGA True Colour Tough
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    320GB SATA 7200RPM
    Internet Speed
    1MB/s

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Welcome
Sorry to tell you that you will not get an answer from thepluck; has not been on line since 2009.
I would try several things.
Download and try shadow explorer
Recover Files with Shadow Copies on Any Version of Windows Vista - How-To Geek
If you have system restore points going back to the date that you lost the pics, you can use the software
If that does not work try recuva.
It is my feeling that you have let too much time go by to still be able to restore the pics.
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
However, I do wish you luck and happy holidays.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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