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cant find old files after upgrading from 7 to 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    win 8

    cant find old files after upgrading from 7 to 8


    Hi my dad upgraded from windows 7 to 8 a few months ago and selected to keep his old files (i.e. pictures, vids, so on) now we cant find his old files. I have gone to the windows.old file and there are files there but they all say that they are empty. everything else seems to be fine but we cant find all of his vacation pictures or other media that he really was not wanting to lose. any help will be great

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ghost, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If these files were in his "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders (ex: My Pictures, etc...), then have you also check in the same folder in Windows 8 and the Windows.old folder?

    In addition, check to see if you may have a "C:\$Windows.~BT", "C:\$INPLACE.~TR", or "C:\WINDOWS.~Q" type folders that the files may be in.

    If you know the name or file type of some of the files, then you might see if searching for it on the C: drive may be able to help find them. For example, search for *.jpg for all .jpg files.
    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 2
    win 8


    thanks for the quick repost. still cant find them. not in win 8 files. cant even find them when searching the exact name of the file. my *.jpg turns up only system .jpg files.
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to recover the files. Let it scan the entire C: drive to see if it may be able to find and recover them. It could take a while though.
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