Unable to find files on removed hard drive

duckmouth

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Hi guys, I have a problem. My laptop motherboard fried, so I removed the hard drive and purchased a caddy. When I plug the hard drive in to my new desktop PC I am able to see that only 4GB of the 100 GB capacity is available (as should be the case). However, I cannot see any of my files on there (folders I had created on the desktop etc.). The only folders I can see are PerfLogs, Program Files, SwSetup, Users, Windows and two of my personal folders (both containing some photos).

I really need to find the rest of my files as I have 12GBs of photos and videos of my baby boy on there, and would be gutted if I cannot access them again (for obvious reasons). Nothing else is important. Please help me if you can. Thanks.

P.S. Both my laptop and my PC are Vista. If I need to provide any other info please ask. Thanks again. My personal email is smarty_j_shields AT yahoo.co.uk
 

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d3aths3rver

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find the option in there should be under organise then properties or something - find the option for show hidden files - they might have been hidden by default.
(ps. you shouldnt post your email on this forum - it is advised against when you join)
 

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whs

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Did you go to "Users" > Your Name and see whether your folders are there.

PS: in the future make proper backups of your stuff.
 

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duckmouth

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Thanks for your help everyone.

d3aths3rver, sorry about posting my email, I didn't realise it was not allowed.

whs, I didn't have a chance to back these files up as the laptop failed the day I put them on it. My 250GB external HD was full (wish I had just deleted some of the unnecessary crap on it) and I was waiting to receive my 1TB HD, which I am now backing everything up on to. I am making additional DVD copies of everything, just to be on the safe side!

whs, as for your suggestion, I tried that yesterday and, after gaining permission to view it, the folder came up as empty. I tried again today and lo and behold, everything was there! Thank you so much for your help everyone! To think I was actually going to take it to one of those rip-off computer help shops!
 

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whs

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Nice, we like happy campers.
 

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    HP w2207h
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    2x250GB HDDs
    1x60GB OCZ SSD
    6 external disks 60 to 640GBs
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    Also 1xHP desktop, 1xHP laptop, 1xGateway laptop
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