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Documents folder messed up

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
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    Documents folder messed up


    I have had this happen once before, I am running Windows 8 on an OCZ Vertex 4 SSD.
    The problem is that suddenly all my files inside all the directories and sub directories in my Documents folder have been moved to the root of Documents and have all been named with their original directory location in the filename. To give a clear example: a file originally located in Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\settings.ini is now in my root Documents folder under the name Rockstar Games_L.A. Noire_settings.ini
    All of the folders and sub-folders in my Documents are empty and all of the files are in Documents with those names. They all follow the pattern of having the directory in the filename separated by underscores (_). I am looking for the issue that caused this and the solution on moving the files to their original location. I have over 11K files now sitting in my Documents and all my programs that require files in my Documents folder are now broken.
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  2. #2


    I have no answers, but the documents folder in libraries, as I understand it is links/copies (not sure which) of what is in c:/users/user name/my documents (these are, as I understand it the real files) -- are those files messed up as well?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    The Documents library shows all files in C:\Users\Jesse\Documents which is where they are located. All the files are messed up but the folders are all fine.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Oxcorp, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unless changed by you, by default your "Documents" library includes everything in your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" and "C:\Users\Public\Public Documents" folders. They are displayed together in the library.

    How did you want your "Documents" library sorted or grouped by instead?

    It sounds like you may want to also set the library to Group by -> Folder path instead??

    Sort by, Group by, and Arrange by Items in Windows 8 File Explorer

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    My Public Documents folder is empty so I thought it pointless to point out it was also included. The problem is inside Documents. I do not want my folder sorted or grouped, I want them moved back to their appropriate folders and renamed to their original names without all the folder location information in front of the original filename. Sorting or grouping by folder path does not help as it's already organized alphabetically which also sorts it out by its' relevant path as the path names are in the filenames themselves.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    How does it look in your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder compared to the library?

    Could you post a screenshot showing how you would like it to look instead? I'm having a hard time trying to visualize what you are describing, and this would help.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    My Documents folder is what's being displayed in the image I posted above. Whether I show Documents from Libraries or C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents folder it's showing the same stuff because it's grabbing files from the same location. The way it's supposed to look is all those files you see should be in folders as they were this morning. For example, the file Cobalt_config.cfg shouldn't be in Documents, it should be inside the folder Cobalt which is a sub-folder of Documents and the file should just be called config.cfg. Instead the folder Cobalt is empty and the files were for some reason moved to the Documents directory and renamed.

    EDIT: For me to fix this manually, I would have to move each of the 10,800 files back to their original folder and rename them deleting everything but the last part of their name.
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    Windows 8


    Here is an image showing that all the folders are empty, the 10,800 files below should be inside these folders in their appropriate sub-folders.
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. I got you now. Do you remember what you or anything related may have done right before this happened that could be a possible cause for the files to move out of the folders like that?

    I'm not sure how you'll be able to fix this other than manually.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    I was chatting with a mate over Steam, my network adapter was acting a bit flakey so I shut down the computer and booted it back up and noticed that RainMeter couldn't find any files so I checked my Documents folder and realized what had happened. As a lot of the files were in use prior to shut down they could have only been moved when I was booting up or shutting down. I am assuming that Windows has made a mistake trying to read or write to the directory. There were no speed issues shutting down or booting up so I'm amazed that they could be all moved so quickly, it makes me think that it has something to do with how Windows manages file locations. I believe Windows botched something, causing them to be read in the wrong format which to the end user puts them all in the wrong folder and it was saved that way.
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