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Win 8 deleting files added outside of Win 8

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Win 8 deleting files added outside of Win 8


    I've encountered a strange problem, have been running Windows 7 for a few years, recently decided to move over to Windows 8 but rather than upgrade I've done a fresh install on a new SSD. There's a couple reasons for this, if I hate 8 I can easily go back to 7 and I also retain the 7 install so I can boot it up and get any files I've missed or find I need at a later date.

    There's a total of 4 HDD's in the PC, the boot drive and 3 other data drives. Both OS's have full access to the 3 other drives and I've made the drive letters all the same as well.

    Here's where it gets strange, I boot back into Win 7 to retrieve some files, put them on any of the three other drives, shut down and swap SSD drives, boot back into Win 8. I go looking for the files I've just put on let's say the D: drive, but they're gone. Thinking I've somehow screwed up, I shut down 8, boot back into 7 and do it again, this time making absolute certain they're there. Shut down 7, boot back into 8, go to get the files and they're gone again.

    Windows 8 seems to notice there's new files that it didn't put there so it removes them. This has also occurred with a dos created .TIB backup file of the old Windows 7 install that I made so I could just access the contents of my Win 7 install without actually having to boot back into it.

    Has anyone got any idea what awesome new feature of Windows 8 is seeing these files and nuking them?

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    funny stuff, when i first tried win8 i kept with my usual practice and installed apps to a different partition. upon trying to run a program, it would run, files were missing, when i uninstalled the program, win8 wiped all the program folders in that partition except for a couple.
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    Windows 8.1


    I have all my data on a WD MyBook portable drive and have no problems going back and forth between Windows 8 and Windows 7. The data has always been there no matter which OS I'm using. I let both OSes name the MyBook hard drive, rather than name it myself, if that might make a difference.

    I have created a Quick Launch Bar on my Windows 8 desktop and what I have had happen is that my Firefox Icon keeps falling off. I have to go pick it up and put it back. I do hate that FF's .exe is in my AppData>Local>Mozilla Firefox, rather than in my C:\Program Files. The folder there is empty, so I don't know why it's even there.
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    Windows 8.1


    Is it possible that Windows 8 has the D: drive letter mapped to a different drive than Windows 7?
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    Windows 8 Pro


    All drives have the same letters in both install. I haven't tried the same with a USB drive yet, just the three fixed drives in the PC, will test a USB drive next time I'm switching between the two again.

    I haven't lost anything critical because of this and won't now that I know it's happening, I'd still like to know what and why it's happening though. I've googled it and not found any similar reports, everything else I wanted to solve, change or fix I've managed to do so with the exception of this issue.
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    huh. make sure that you set the drives so that Everyone has full access.
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