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windows deleted all items in picture library on harddrive

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    windows deleted all items in picture library on harddrive


    all my items in picture libary are gone from my hard drive. not in recyle bin i have scanned using recover software and they are all listed when i go to photo app displays photos then says they are not accessible. have no idea how this happened

    folder option is not hidden, i search hard drive for .jpg .mov files and nothing! yet they can be seen by scanning using recover software.

    any help in how i can recover files that i now cannot access!!! totally baffled how this happened.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Professional


    Are you syncing a smartphone with your computer via a USB cable? Depending on the device/OS, the device picture library overrides the computer directory. So, if your phone doesn't have any pictures on it at the time it is synced, it will merge the two libraries by deleting the photos on your computer.

    Unlikely, but you'd be surprised how often this happens in both directions. Saw it at least 5 times a day at the apple store while I worked there.
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    windows 8


    hi no nothing attached just my hard drive on laptop. cannot figure out how this happened. all of a sudden there was no .jpg, .mov or .cr2 (raw format) when i did a serach on my drive. yet, windows 8 metro photo app showed pictures, but could not view telling me i set files to hidden, which i did not. been trying to find out what happened for about 3 weeks now searched internet nothing is working
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by willbenivap View Post
    hi no nothing attached just my hard drive on laptop. cannot figure out how this happened. all of a sudden there was no .jpg, .mov or .cr2 (raw format) when i did a serach on my drive. yet, windows 8 metro photo app showed pictures, but could not view telling me i set files to hidden, which i did not. been trying to find out what happened for about 3 weeks now searched internet nothing is working
    You could set folder options to show hidden files & see if that helps.

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    windows 8


    as stated before .... folders NOt set to hidden. is there a website at microsoft for helpng me restore the missing photos and movies that were removed by what I'm assuming is windows. this happened almost immediately after I did a windows update.... this is why i think windows 8 is the culprit.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    A picture before bowing out :

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    I will move on to other things.
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windows deleted all items in picture library on harddrive
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