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    I just upgraded windows vista to windows 7 (ERROR)
    The install failed just before the finish, said it was going to rollback,
    then didn't but it did finished install. (NOT WELL THOUGH... Read ON)

    The install was an upgrade, but it lost the registry settings, did a fresh install,
    and then worse, I now cannot see any files on the partitioned drive.

    The Main drive is Partitioned into 2 drives.
    C:\ for the OS and programs and the second called T: for ALL DATA.

    Windows reports that there is a 100GB of data on partition T
    It also shows ALL the folders, BUT when you look for the files
    it reports every folder as Empty.
    I also had a second Sata Drive i the machine,
    and it does exactly the same on this drive,
    BUT it reports fine on the man C:\ drive

    IT WILL BE A PAIN to restore the missing data IF it really is missing.

    Anyone got any ideas what bit of Microsoft Bugginess has caused
    me yet another MS hissing fit.
    Andrew

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    I think I know what it has done, although WHY is a BIG BIG QUESTION!

    The Partitioned Driove was designated as the MY DOCUMENTS FOLDER

    SO it looks like it has wiped every file from all of those folders as part of the install.

    THE BIG QUESTION IS... Why does the partition still report that 100 MB is used,
    when NO FOLDERS at all on it contain any files.

    MORE TO THE POINT, WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?

    They are NOT in the Windows.Old Folder

    the only thing I can maybe try and do is to put the drive into another machine and try and see
    if I can read the files back out.

    in the mean time I just have to do all my work from a LAPTOP

    until I can rebuild.

    MS!!!! 'WORDS JUST FAIL ME' AT LEAST ONES I CAN USE HERE
    WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY DOING WITH THEIR INSTALLATION SOFTWARE IF IT CAN DO THIS!.

    SURELY IT SHOULD NOT TOUCH ANY FILES OTHER THAN INSTALLATION FILES.
    Andrew

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    You do have a working backup?

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    YEP.

    This has to be a MASSIVE Feature!

    I did an Upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.
    The Upgrade DID NOT do an Upgrade it failed and then did a CLEAN Install.
    OK maybe something on the machine caused it, but ROLLBACK?

    It appears to have wiped the entire contents of ALL folders in the MYDOCUMENTS and also MYMUSIC folders
    These were on a seperate partition, so cleverly it DID NOT put a copy into the Windows.Old folder
    BUT just scrapped them (NOT even into the Recycle Bin
    It just moved them to OBLIVION!

    Nice!

    It cleared all the Data on the Partition, and ALL the Music from the separate Secondary Slave Drive
    (SO WHY DOES IT CLEAR ALL THE FILES FROM ALL LEVELS, AND WHAT THE HECK DOES IT DO WITH THEM?)
    Why on Earth did whoever speced this behavior think I would not want any of my existing data?
    It just beggars belief that anyone at MS can be that stupid!
    Andrew

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    Hey, I know it's late but calm down Andrew; if there is/was something unusual about your configuration (rootkit, MBR virus, ... corrupt partition table, ...) MS can't be held responsible.

    Until you've made an accurate diagnosis, no-one knows what caused it. Get a hot drink and think about it. Don't do anything that might make things worse.

    Do you have a Linux or HDD makers bootable CD to hand?

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    OK BOYS & GIRLS

    Answer 1 ... Yes I DO have a working backup (I'm a paranoid soul and been around computers FAR FAR TOO LONG to NOT do that

    Answer 2 ... Found them after MUCH hunting about

    They have been moved ON THE PARTITIONED DRIVE
    To a HIDDEN SYSTEM FOLDER
    Located at T:\$INPLACE.~TR\Machine\....All My Documents Files Below here

    PHEW.. Much LESS WORK TO DO

    And so well documented an hidden by MS Support as well in case anyone finds it?

    COS.. It would have been a real pain to have to restore all that lot.

    Andrew

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    Like you said - PHEW

    Ok, got that drink yet? Now you need to find out what's different about your setup that triggered this strange bug.

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    OK.. T'WAS A BIT STRESSED now in blissful ZEN Like mood

    BUT I really don't think it should do what it did with the files,
    even if the cause of the original error was an unknown configuration issue.
    OR they could at least make them easy to find.
    Someone with minimal PC knowledge may well have not found them.

    Anyway, if it happens to anyone else and they look here at least they might find out
    the answer before they bang their heads against the desk.

    OH WELL jolly late now here in the UK so time for ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz's
    Andrew

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    Sweet dreams

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    Number 1
    I just upgraded windows vista to windows 7 (ERROR)
    Never never never never do an upgrade because you will carry over any noise or garbage from the previous installation. Been there done that and figured out way back in 95 to 98 what was best. I know its too late for you but people, don't do upgrade. Backup your stuff and do Full install where you format the hard drive wiping all trash from it and get a brand new system.

    Number 2 I been pointing this out for some time the things you done
    It appears to have wiped the entire contents of ALL folders in the MYDOCUMENTS and also MYMUSIC folders
    These were on a seperate partition
    Too many people do that and it's iffy if you changed Windows to save them things elsewhere by modifying the registry

    Quit using that method if your able to recover your stuff.
    If you have an extra drive just write everything there, when you save a document or whatever, save there. Quit using My Documents and all them stupid folders MS created. They are a total nightmare to backup to someplace else with all the Attribute things in Win 7

    I am a programmer and have been messing with this a long time. Its a nightmare just trying to get them things to correctly copy in using my program.

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