Windows 10: One file missing from external drive on Windows 10

Discus and support One file missing from external drive on Windows 10 in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I recently bought a brand new PC with Windows 10. I have an external drive that I use to backup files to. My backup method is a straight file copy i.e.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by agbulit, May 13, 2016.

  1. agbulit Win User

    One file missing from external drive on Windows 10


    I recently bought a brand new PC with Windows 10. I have an external drive that I use to backup files to. My backup method is a straight file copy i.e. no backup software is used.

    When I plug my hard drive into the Windows 10 machine, there is one folder missing when I view the drive contents. If I plug the drive into my old machine running Windows 7, the folder is there and accessible. If it makes any difference, it is the My Documents folder from my Windows 7 user profile.

    I have run chkdisk on the drive, no errors. I have reset all file attributes for all files on the external drive and also changed the Windows explorer settings to show hidden / system files. I'm still unable to see this folder. There are approximately 100 folders on this drive, and this appears to be the only file that does not show up on the Windows 10 machine. Any thoughts?

    :)
     
    agbulit, May 13, 2016
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  2. Cypob Win User

    Files lost

    I have several HDDs in my PC as well as an SSD and an external drive. I had Windows 10 on SSD drive. For some testing purposes I had to install Windows 7, which I did removing the SSD and making one of the HDD bootable. I did my job, during which I did
    quite many changes on my drives and partitions. When after a while I returned SSD with Windows 10 and booted from it... I had so weird and serious issues. A lot of files in various locations are missing. Windows show folder structure as it was at my lat boot
    to Windows 10 and there are no new files. Even backup files from external drive are gone. I get a message from the system that there is a problem with the file system which will be fixed after reboot, which restored some files, but a lot of them are still
    missing. How it even possible?! Why Windows 10 is messing with the drives!? I cannot even rely on my backup on the external drive now!?
     
    Cypob, May 13, 2016
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  3. uj4e Win User
    finding differences in folders/files on 2 extermal drives

    I have windows 10

    I have 2 different external drives each has a my pictures folder

    Over the years I have copied the files from one drive to the other as a backup

    I noticed the other day the folders do not have the same number of sub folders/file in properties

    Is there command/screen etc. that will show me the folders/files that are missing?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
  4. dalchina New Member

    One file missing from external drive on Windows 10

    Hello, you would find it easier to copy the content rather than the entire folder, I think.

    Your problem would likely be permission related - no read access.

    You could do the equivalent of the following for Win 10.. but it's a long-winded technical approach.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...f-ed340059d151
     
    dalchina, May 13, 2016
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  5. JLOB Win User
    Are you SURE the folder is missing? Win 10 has a tendency to treat the old "My Documents" folder as just "Documents".
     
  6. dalchina New Member
    Good point.. old habits die hard...
     
    dalchina, Apr 4, 2018
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