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Corrupt "My Documents" Folder


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Zaine7673

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I've just recovered my laptop. :blink: it wasnt loading XP this morning and now that i've fixd that its saying that i have a corrupted "My documents" folder. how do i deal with this? there were a few important documents in there too. :whistling:
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any one know how to solve this?
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Hi Zaine7673...

First thing to try would be a search for your documents and see if you can recover them using Explorer.

Click Start, then Search. In the left pane, click on "Documents (word processing, spreadsheet. etc...)" then tick the button next to "Don't Remember". Click "Search". In the search results, if any documents are found, right click on a document, and choose "Copy". Create a new folder on your desktop, open it, and "Paste" the document there. See if it will open.

If this works, copy all the documents from the search results pane to the new folder. If you can complete this operation, we'll see if we can fix the My Documents folder.

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Edited by wannabe1, 02 December 2006 - 01:55 PM.

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its not working at all. it wont let me open, copy, delete or even rename he folder. I was wondering if i could use recovery software to retrieve my data then try and delete it.
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Does it give you an "Access Denied" error? Or just not work?
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access denied error telling me to check that the path is correct. but when i go to te core folder in documents and settings it says that it is corrupt and unreadable.
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The My Documents folder is one of Windows' "special folders". It can become corrupt, but that does not necessarily mean the files within are corrupt. Let's see if Taking Ownership will allow you to move the files.

Read the Instructions, or better yet, save the page to your desktop. (File > Save Page As) That way it will be available to you should you have to do this in Safe Mode.
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I've recovered all the data. (phew!) but i still cant get the folder to work. any ideas?
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Now the best option is to create a new user account for yourself with full Admin permissions, move into it, and delete the old account. First, though, move all your recovered data to a folder on the root drive (C:) so you don't end up having to Take Ownership over the files to get them on the new account.
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Thanks wannabe1 you've been a great help. also thanks for trying with my other VERY ANNOYING thread! still couldnt fix it.
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We'll get em...one at a time... :whistling:
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