[u3aavcuss] Re: Lost Folder!
- From: "Mike Bean" <Mike.Bean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <u3aavcuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:35:37 -0000
Three options: 1) Look in the Recycle Bin - you may have inadvertently deleted the folder. Easily done. (If so it a simple restore) 2) look in 'nearby' folders - it is easy to drag a folder into another folder and it 'disappears' from sight although quite safely stored 3) something odd happened! So, for cases 2 & 3 a search party is called for. There are several search methods in XP and Vista but all are slow and some rely on having filespace indexing running a thing that is often turned off and usually only indexes folders where you would expect to store files which may not be where this folder has got to. So rather than try to describe all the alternatives I shall instead take you back to the arcane ways of the DOS (Disk Operating System), the forerunner of all the many versions of Windows we've had for a solution. DOS remains in almost the same form as in the early 90's skulking in the background. For some tasks it is very effective and in this case could help you out of a hole very quickly. We will run a program (XP and Vista) called the Command Prompt and enter some simple DOS commands and, hopefully find you errant files. Hit the Start button and type Command Prompt (Vista) or search through All Programs, probably under System Tools (XP) - this will open a small black window (we didn't have colour in those days!) which you can size downwards but not much sideways (screens were 80 fixed-width characters wide then!) On my PC I see several lines ending up with one like: C:\Users\Mike Bean> In the stuff below I shall use (Enter) to mean hit the Enter key and ask you to type the text on lines starting with > (do not type the >) >CD \ (Enter) OR if the files are potentially on another drive (say E) >E: (Enter) THEN >DIR /S "good neighbours accounts.doc" (Enter) where "good neighbours accounts.doc" is the full name of one of the files you seek OR >DIR /S "good nei*.doc" (Enter) where "good nei" are the first characters of the file you seek and the * means any number of any following characters match) In a minute or so this will have searched the whole drive and listed the full path to any files that match your description. NOTE If you hash up a command it is better to abandon it by hitting Ctrl C as DOS editing is weird! Also, if you want to stop DOS doing something you've started Ctrl C will terminate that too. Play in Command Prompt with care as, using other commands, you can make a right mess of your machine - DIR is, however, quite safe. For the adventurous the HELP command lists the DOS commands and what they do and HELP /DIR (or any other command) will tell you how to use that command. For continued fun look up BAT files (a sort of DOS programming) in Google ... only for the real nerds! IN SUMMARY Your search could be as simple as: Start the Command Prompt screen CD \ Dir /S "Spring Visit.doc" Good luck Mike Bean _____ From: u3aavcuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:u3aavcuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Young Sent: 18 March 2009 15:39 To: Mike Bean Subject: [u3aavcuss] Lost Folder! Hello Mike. It appears that a folder has gone missing, how I am not sure and when is another problem but it must be in the last week or so. I know they always say that you never loose anything but I am not sure. Any Ideas!!! It was a folder I kept all the documents and forms for our Good Neighbours scheme . If it can be retrieved it will save a lot of time. Best wishes. Geoff. No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG - www.avg.com Version: 8.0.238 / Virus Database: 270.11.18/2008 - Release Date: 03/17/09 16:25:00
- [u3aavcuss] Lost Folder!
- From: Geoffrey Young
- [u3aavcuss] Lost Folder!