Short version: Moving a folder of files from one folder to another. Some files disappeared or are now inaccessible. Where did they go?
Long version: Co-worker’s computer crashed, brought it in for me to look at. BSOD read “Unmountable boot volume”. I did a "CHKDSK /r" with Hiren’s Boot CD. Computer then booted, but folders were in all the wrong places (e.g. WINDOWS folder was in the MyPictures folder, etc).
I told my co-worker to put everything into a folder for me to transfer to another hard drive (so I wouldn’t dig through his stuff myself) before I wipe his hard drive and start over.
Problem: He went to copy the entire My Pictures folder which included a bunch of other junk, and it got stuck/lost in space somewhere. Now, when trying to access some folders within the My Pictures folder, it said that a process was using it so access was denied. I searched for photos that we knew were in the folder and they didn’t come up in search.
More: I connected the drive to another computer. Drive mounted just fine. I tried to access folders within the My Pictures folder; the same folders giving me issues before were still giving me issues, but this time it was simply “access denied.”
I searched the folders and found them with this crazy path: E:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\Desktop\BACK-UP\My Pictures\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\My Documents\My Pictures\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\My Documents\My Pictures
I tried recovery software and still couldn’t find the actual photos.
Question: Where did the pictures go that were lost during the first moving of files? Can I recover them somehow? Does my co-worker have to pay USD$1,000,000 to have the files professionally recovered?
Thanks in advance!