Just installed Win7 and accidentally deleted 50GB of music

InnocentNoobie

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So I installed Win7 and am fooling around with it and am pretty happy with my $30 investment (student discount). I find, on the toolbar in the lower left, the "Frequent Windows Explorer" folder, and I think to myself that I can move all my music, videos and pictures into these folders. I move all of my music into the "music library" and then leave my computer because I know it will take so long to copy 50GB of music.

I come back about 20 minutes later and delete my music folder. It gives me a warning message that this is permanent. I double check my "Music Library" folder to see that everything copied over, and it appears that it did. I click continue, and my old music folder is deleted ALONG WITH MY MUSIC LIBRARY FOLDER! Holy crap I didn't expect that.

Apparently the music library is not it's own distinct folder but just a shortcut to another folder, in this case the one I deleted.

I don't have a restore point :(

Oh crap.
 

BinarySynapse

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Run GetDataBack NTFS. If it hasn't been overwritten yet, it should be able to find deleted files.
 

Neb

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Did you check your My Music folder? When you drag anything to your music library, the default save location for files is c:\Users\<username>\My Music

If it isn't there, then I would follow ryan's advice: GetDataBack NTFS
 

delvryboy

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If you just "added to library", then yes, you have to uss recovery software. If you phyisically moved it, then it should still be in the my music folder.
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bigdogchris

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There's no such thing as a "Music Library" folder, per say. It's only logical.

Libraries in Windows 7 are simply logical folders that are a collection of real folders. If you click the arrow icons next to them, it will open up what folders are actually contained in the particular library.

By default, c:\users\user\music is one of the folders in the Music Library.
 
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