Solved Win 10 can't find location of previously downloaded video

February 24, 2016 at 06:14:52
Specs: Windows 10
When trying to open a previously downloaded video, I am getting the message "windows could not find target location" or "there was a problem with the shortcut created. documents have been changed or moved". Then the short cut was deleted. I have tried searching my pc to no avail.

Please help!

operating with windows 10

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February 25, 2016 at 08:19:05
What are the file types (file extensions) of the ones that work normally, eg mp4 mov or whatever?

Were the non-working ones the same file type?

The Windows search is worse than useless. Download SwiftSearch from here:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/sw...

Not only are the results immediate but it finds them all. Your best bet is to do a search for all the videos of the appropriate file type. To do this you put *. (that's star dot) in front of the file extension, which should find all those videos of that type. For example if you put *.mp4 it will find all the mp4's. Apologies if you already know this sort of stuff.

After that apart from Recuva I'm getting short of ideas.

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#1
February 24, 2016 at 12:17:55
Is it possible that the videos had not fully downloaded?

You would expect to find video files not shortcuts when you are saving downloads, so the error messages are a bit odd.

Are you Saving them or running them online? If you are running them online then maybe the cache has been cleared. If you are using CCleaner (for example) then that will clear the cache.

Were they previously downloaded as files (and working) but not there when you go back to them later?

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#2
February 24, 2016 at 13:06:02
Yes they were previously stored as files and worked properly. Now they won't.

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#3
February 24, 2016 at 14:45:49
They are very weird error messages then.

Have you any saved videos that are still working normally?

Other than Windows System Restore (to a time they worked if you know it) then may the free version of Recuva will find them if you know their names:
https://www.piriform.com/recuva

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#4
February 25, 2016 at 03:10:00
I hadn't thought of that. I used recuva in an attempt to recover the files deleted from the sd card. I will try it on the pc today

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#5
February 25, 2016 at 07:28:33
As per #3, have you other saved video's that are working normally. I'm trying to work out whether it is just some recent ones that have gone astray or all video saves?

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#6
February 25, 2016 at 07:43:28
There are some there that work normally but most give the same first error message

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February 25, 2016 at 08:19:05
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What are the file types (file extensions) of the ones that work normally, eg mp4 mov or whatever?

Were the non-working ones the same file type?

The Windows search is worse than useless. Download SwiftSearch from here:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/sw...

Not only are the results immediate but it finds them all. Your best bet is to do a search for all the videos of the appropriate file type. To do this you put *. (that's star dot) in front of the file extension, which should find all those videos of that type. For example if you put *.mp4 it will find all the mp4's. Apologies if you already know this sort of stuff.

After that apart from Recuva I'm getting short of ideas.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
February 26, 2016 at 07:46:25
I see you've given a best answer. Does this mean you found your videos?

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#9
February 26, 2016 at 07:49:19
Nope, I am out of ideas and given up as well :/

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#10
February 26, 2016 at 13:25:26
Sorry to hear that but thanks for popping back to let us know. Maybe you'll find that search useful anyhow.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
February 26, 2016 at 13:36:03
I really appreciate it more than you know :-) after I asked another friend before getting on here he said the only solution was to get a mac lol

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