All of this will be lost .... Windows XP pining for the fjords?
December 8, 2011 7:54 PM Subscribe
My installation of Windows XP Pro (SP3) seems to have developed intermittent amnesia. I've noticed a couple of times in the past week that files which I edited and saved under new names just -- disappeared. (Details inside). Today, after restarting the machine, I found my desktop wallpaper and Quick Launch icons had reverted to what I had several months ago, and my Recent Documents lists in MS and Adobe products was showing material from July 2011 and earlier. Plus, my iTunes library had suddenly been unable to find about 10% of my songs, although I have been able to manually locate them and make iTunes recognize a few again. These "missing" songs are both old and new: I don't see any pattern in time re what has gone missing. I'm assuming the worst -- XP death throes in progress! -- and am updating my data backups NOW. All my applications seem fine so far: I'm not missing anything that was recently installed. No other data seems to be actually missing. While I back up, is there anything else I should investigate or hypothesize?
posted by maudlin to Computers & Internet (25 answers total)
Disappeared files in the past week: (All data is saved on a separate physical drive. C drive is only for the o/s.)
1) Word 2010 was used to save a docx file under a new name. Edited content extensively, saved, and emailed. Recipients said file was old version, and checking my hard drive, that was true: new name, all old content.
2) Three Adobe Captivate files were saved under new names and edited on Dec 2. On December 5, they didn't show up in the app's recent files list, and they were nowhere to be found on the data drive.
Oh, one more thing [/Columbo]: I have Norton Ghost 15 installed. I backed up my XP install last year (Dec 10 and 13 2010, with two recovery points set), but I haven't had the drive it's backed up to connected recently, so I'm used to seeing the Ghost icon in my taskbar with a red x through it. Today, after the restart, the Ghost icon appeared without the x. When I opened it earlier today, threat level was at 2 (Medium), but right now it's at threat level 1 -- Normal. Event Log is empty.