Where did all my files go on my computer?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by ComeTurismO, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. ComeTurismO

    ComeTurismO CTO

    Sep 18, 2011
    4:54 PM
    I can't access any of the major folders of my computer (Downloads, Documents, the Desktop folder, etc)
    I get this message on Win. 10
    Where'd everything go?
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Usual suspects
    Someone (or something, including malware or malware removal) changed the permissions for a given user, try the takeown command http://www.faqforge.com/windows/take-ownership-of-a-file-or-folder-by-command-in-windows/ https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753024.aspx http://ss64.com/nt/takeown.html
    Hard drive is on the way out and you are seeing this.
    You changed the hard drive/windows install and caused something like the first one, again the takeown command is what you want to play with.
    The files are actually gone, usually someone tried to make a backup copy and moved things instead.
    Not so much for everything but if you shared it then it could be all being accessed.
    You tried to encrypt the drive/folders with something, such things can happen here.
    Some anti virus tried to protect something and is preventing access.
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