If I were you, since we still don't know how you are partitioned, or how
your drive is divided, I would type the drive or drives in the run box like
this: C:\ and explorer every folder looking for files.
As has been said, if you didn't format, your files ***aren't gone--the 2nd
law of Windows Physics as espoused by Bill Gates and Issac Newton guarantees
the ability of a force to change the motion of an object depends on the
object's mass. That's how I know it's harder to change the motion of a
piano than a chair or the space occupied by a 3 GB folder than a 2MB folder.
I also have this suggestion for you to get a different view and this should
expose every last file on every drive.
Download the free DXHogHunt here: (I had to use the cached link since
apparently it's sold; the site is now a different company and everything is
in Dutch so you can download by scrolling to DX Hog Hunt here.
DX Hog Hunt Download
This nice little app will show every last folder and its size and you can
click and open them and see every last file and you should be able to
mouseover them and see what is in the folders or files as well. Run it for
any drive or file path you want.
"jmartini" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Still no luck--I've ensured that show all files, extensions, and system
> files are turned on--nothing; now windows.old file and still nothing in
> my users\name file. I am in a real pickle--I did not format anything, I
> merely upgraded.
> When I do a search for a particular file, I type in the [filename] and
> search the C: drive all it brings up are Shortcut files in a folder
> called C:\$INPLACE.~TR\Machine\Data\Documents and
> Settings\[name]\Application Data\Microsoft Office\Recent. I look at
> the path that the shorcut points to and it is folder
> C:\Users\[name]\Desktop which is where the file should be. When I
> click on the link, it tells me that the document isn't there anymore
> and do I want to delete the shortcut.