Why has shortcut been changed or deleted?

November 3, 2017 at 07:38:54
Specs: Windows 10
Earlier this week I was working on a transcript (360 pages). I had it stored on my external hard drive. I was working on my work computer. When I was finished, I saved the document, turn the computer off and extracted my hard drive. When I got home, I turned on my laptop, inserted the external hard drive, went to my dropdown box and clicked on the file. (I had worked on the file Sunday evening). When I clicked on the file I received the following message: The item 'TRIAL-State-vs-Smith-111714" that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly. Do you want to delete this shortcut? Yes/No? I've been trying to retrieve this file all week, as this happened on Monday afternoon and evening. This morning I was able to find the file again but with the same message. Can anybody help? I really, really do not want to retype 360 pages. Thanks so much for any help anybody can provide.

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#1
November 3, 2017 at 09:24:59
"I was able to find the file again but with the same message"
That appears to be a shortcut to the file, not the file itself. You could try a search for some part of the file name in case it was somehow moved. It might have become corrupted when you moved the drive. As it was 360 pages long, did you keep a copy of some version of it on the main drive too?.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
November 3, 2017 at 09:58:58
I was working on my work computer. When I was finished, I saved the document,

Are you sure it saved to the Hard Drive and not to the work computer?

By "Hard Drive" do you mean a pen drive/usb stick or an actual full sized external hard drive?
Pen drive/usb sticks are not real secure and are known to fail at the most inopportune
time.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/

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#3
November 3, 2017 at 10:04:29
If the document was an MS Word file, look here for some suggestions on how you might recover the file:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

Look on both the work computer and your external hd

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#4
November 3, 2017 at 13:06:54
You can manually look in the possible folders for the file both on the portable drive and in the documents and other folders on the computer.
You can use Windows search to find the file by name (Start> (then type the name)) on both drives.
You can use a recovery software like this one:
https://www.piriform.com/recuva
on both drives.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
November 3, 2017 at 21:53:32
By the way you have also posted in the wrong forum! This is Win 7 your specs show Win 10

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#6
November 4, 2017 at 06:33:28
Was the original file on the external drive or the work computer? How did you go about saving it? It sounds to me like you copied the shortcut to the external drive but left the actual file behind on the work computer.

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