Solved I cant restore my shortcut file

April 3, 2016 at 22:25:30
Specs: Windows 7
I put all my pictures in different folders in the desktop as i was cleaning unwanted folders. By accident I deleted a shortcut folder and EVERYTHING IS GONE !!! I checked in the Recycle bin there is nothing there, but i found folders in the "Recent items" however when I click restore it says " the item 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'' PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME GET THEM BACK

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April 5, 2016 at 12:17:48
Yes, shortcuts are just that, links to files not the files themselves. As often as not the Picture files get put in the Pictures folder. If you had "folders" on the desktop with picture files inside them it is hard to understand why deleting a shortcut should cause this.

Have you tried searching for one or more of them by name? Chances are that if you find one you will find the rest with it.

Another thing you could do is type *.jpg in Windows Search (that's star dot jpg). Most picture files are jpg so that should list them all out. You might find your missing ones in the list.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 4, 2016 at 02:46:51
First thing to check - Restore Points. Do yo have any that are for a date prior to "problem"?

Second. Do not write anything to the drive for now.. Wait until the prpblem has been resolved.

If there aren't any restore points, there are other possoble solutions.


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April 4, 2016 at 02:53:08
You should always keep backups of your important files on a separate drive or on optical discs to guard against this sort of thing happening. The hard drive in your computer will die one day and without backups you'll lose everything, not just one folder.

Try file recovery software such as this free version of "Recuva":
http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/

As regards previous poster, System Restore does not keep backups of your pictures so no use trying that.

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April 4, 2016 at 03:08:29
I wasn't aware of that re' system restore not backing up personal files.

Many thanks to "phiil" for the correction.

The link below discusses system restore more fully, succunctly. Might be a useful read/reference anon.

Agree re' using Recuva or similar.

If you know the name of even one missing files, you could try searching for it. If i's fond, then likely the others will be too?

Also even a search for files using the .jpg and .jpeg siffix may find them. This presumes that they are still there but that whatever destroyed the short cut didn't actuaaly erase them in the process. The error message you have is standard when a file, folder etc. has gone; but it may not be accurate that the actual files have gone (in your case).

Echo phiil's comment re' ensuring "anything" important is duplicated to external storage.


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April 4, 2016 at 11:07:41
First of i want to THANK YOU for your replies
I dont have back up and even if i tried to restore the folders to the previous version it would ask not the night before but a week before. a friend of mine used TeamViewer on my computer and installed a system called "recover my files" they are all recovered in a USB and i can see them, but when i do click on them only 1-2 pix open, the rest all say "preview not available for this type of file" or random codes. I dont know what to do anymore :(

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April 4, 2016 at 13:18:22
You said you deleted shortcuts. If that's correct, the files are still in the folders that the shortcuts pointed to. Do you not know where you've been storing your files?

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April 5, 2016 at 12:17:48
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Yes, shortcuts are just that, links to files not the files themselves. As often as not the Picture files get put in the Pictures folder. If you had "folders" on the desktop with picture files inside them it is hard to understand why deleting a shortcut should cause this.

Have you tried searching for one or more of them by name? Chances are that if you find one you will find the rest with it.

Another thing you could do is type *.jpg in Windows Search (that's star dot jpg). Most picture files are jpg so that should list them all out. You might find your missing ones in the list.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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