Windows 10: Downloaded Files Disappeared

Discus and support Downloaded Files Disappeared in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Well this a new one, yesterday I was downloading a movie, via Utorrent as I have done so many times before. As I do with all my films, I saved them in... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by JJLyon, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. JJLyon Win User

    Downloaded Files Disappeared

    Well this a new one, yesterday I was downloading a movie, via Utorrent as I have done so many times before. As I do with all my films, I saved them in the directory downloads / Tv shows and films / films / movie title. As I expected, the torrent downloaded fine without any issues and I was about to get ready to watch the film when I noticed something odd. The folder containing TV shows had completely disappeared. Additionally, I then checked the films folder, to notice all but 4 films (Including the one being downloaded) had also disappeared. I've spent the past hour researching, running malware scans (found nothing), losing the files doesn't bother me, at most, its an inconvenience. What's concerning me is how this could have happened, as mentioned above, I have ran multiple scans and found no evidence that the torrent could have been infected. I've looked on a google for several hours and found very few cases of something like this happening. If anyone could shed any light on this situation or has experienced anything like it before, your assistance would great. Again apologies if this is not in the right place.

    (edit - I should point out, when I say disappeared, I mean complete gone from my system. I have checked the recycle bin, tried searching the names of movies and so on. I only have to look at my partitioned drive to see the additional 150GB of space that it now has.)

    Coincidentally, about 2 hours before this happened, I thought to myself I should really purchase I portable hard drive to back up my downloads folder and even went on amazon to do a price check! I think the big upstairs is telling me to stop torrenting!

    Seriously thought, thanks for any help you guys can give, if you need any more information I'll try and give as much as I can.

    JJLyon, Feb 5, 2016
  2. Geethu B Win User

    Download file Disappeared

    Hi Richard,

    Thank you for the reply.

    Are you referring to Download folder?

    Method 1:

    If you are referring to Download folder, I suggest you to check if you can find the download files in the following location or not.

    1. Go to your downloads folder (C:\Users\”Your user name “\downloads).

    2. Check if you can access all the files.

    Method 2:

    To make sure the computer is free from virus, I suggest you to run Microsoft Safety Scanner.
    The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove virus, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

    Safety Scanner - Windows Defender Security Intelligence


    The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

    2) If you run the virus scan the program that is infected with virus will get deleted. So you have to reinstall the program. Also if the files and folders are affected with virus then they might even get deleted.

    Hope this information helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of the issue so that we can assist you further.
    Geethu B, Feb 5, 2016
  3. Download file Disappeared

    The whole file that contains my downloads.
    richard sturgeon, Feb 5, 2016
  4. b1rd Win User

    Downloaded Files Disappeared

    Hey JJLyon-

    Have you tried doing a search for the actual files themselves? You might want to have a look at the Everything program, which is a good search utility to have around anyhow.

    Also, you might take a quick look in the OneDrive folder in case they were Auto-saved. See HERE.

    I just noticed that you already did try a search, so I guess disregard that part of this post.
    b1rd, Feb 5, 2016
  5. Winuser Win User
    Are the downloads legal? If not it wouldn't be legal for us to help you.
    Winuser, Feb 5, 2016
  6. JJLyon Win User
    Hi b1rd

    Thanks for you advice, I tried both of your suggestions.

    The only thing I have managed to find is the original torrent file in Utorrents app data. No files could be seen in one drive either. Thanks for your help.

    WinUser, That's fine if you don't feel comfortable with the legality of the issue I don't expect you to help. As I mentioned in my original post, I'm not bothered that I've lost the files. I'm just curious if anyone can shed light on how this might have happened.
    JJLyon, Feb 5, 2016
  7. b1rd Win User
    Just a thought, but is there a chance the files need to be 'un-hidden' via the Folder Options? I did note where you said that you have 150 Gb of extra space, so it does seems as if the 150 GB of files are somehow gone.

    Hopefully you'll get the cause, as this is interesting.
    b1rd, Feb 5, 2016
  8. JJLyon Win User

    Downloaded Files Disappeared

    Not from what I can see. I've tried everything that i'm capable of and spoken to as many people who I can about it. No one as of yet has an answer to it. I agree, it's intriguing isn't it. I'm just glad it wasn't more personal files as everything that is lost is replaceable. That being said, I am still concerned something similar may happen again, so I really would like to find out the cause.

    I'll keep updating if anything comes to light, though something tells me this will go down as a mystery!

    JJLyon, Apr 4, 2018

Downloaded Files Disappeared

  1. Downloaded Files Disappeared - Similar Threads - Downloaded Files Disappeared

  2. Disappearing Files

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    Disappearing Files: Twice now I have transferred jpg files from my android phone to my computer running windows 10 only to have them disappear later. I know the photos initially transferred properly as I see them in the folder. I have opened some of them and even edited them on the computer. I...
  3. After download the file disappears?

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    After download the file disappears?: Hello I'm downloading a program I've used before. Since I have a new ssd it does not work anymore. After download I open the folder via winrar. Unzip everything into one folder. After that the program disappears. I have also tried it by deactivating my antivirus program....
  4. Downloads keep disappearing

    in Windows 10 Ask Insider
    Downloads keep disappearing: So about a week who I turned on my laptop and all my downloaded files had disappeared it really pissed me off at first but I just redownloaded them and moved on. And I woke up today to find that it had happened again. Is there anyway I can prevent this from happening?...
  5. downloads disappeared

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    downloads disappeared: My whole download folder is empty. All of my files gone and the recycle bin is empty. it was full yesterday. How did this happen? and how can i get my stuff back?
  6. Download files have disappeared

    in Windows 10 Support
    Download files have disappeared: I can not find my downloaded files. They were there yesterday and gone today. I have read other posts and I think I have tried everything offered. However, I am a 72-year-old with limited knowledge. I can usually work my way through things by reading instructions, but I did...
  7. ALL Files and Folders in the 'Downloads' SUDDENLY Disappeared!

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    ALL Files and Folders in the 'Downloads' SUDDENLY Disappeared!: Hi all, I had 3 years worth of files (thousands of files) in my Downloads folder which have all suddenly disappeared completely (Except for one folder that contains 76 other folders, however their content have also vanished). Unfortunately I don't have any back-ups of my...
  8. downloaded files disappeared

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    downloaded files disappeared: all of my downloaded files have disappeared. what do I do to get em back??????????????????????HELP"
  9. Files in Download folder are disappeared

    in Windows 10 Network and Sharing
    Files in Download folder are disappeared: I was still working with some files in the download folder on yesterday (06/01) but today after turn on my computer, all files in the download folder are gone. Is there anyway to fix this. My latest windows update is "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1809" on 1/1/2019...
  10. Downloaded files disappear

    in Windows 10 Support
    Downloaded files disappear: Downloaded files disappear in w10 home.They are not anywhere, not even in file history. Recuva revovery software does not show anything. Alberto Product name:HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC Product number:G0U21AAR Serial number:6CF4482BZW BIOS:F.34-12/19/2014 Keyboard...