Missing files on hard drive

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Hard drives
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
I recently had to take out my hard drive from my one laptop (that was running Windows 8.1) and connected it to my other desktop (running Windows 7). I copied several files from the desktop to the hard drive. But when I connected the drive back to the laptop, everything was missing. What should I do here?

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have you checked putting the same drive in your laptop again. These type of issues occur during transfer.
So better check it once..is the data still there in you hard disk or not?
Insert it in your lappy and check it. If its there, then use a pend drive this time, if the data is not that huge

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  • Bobbymastana
    I am trying to install MS office 2007 but during the installation I get the message about missing cab file OneNote.us-en\OnotlR.CAB. What should I do?
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  • TheRealRaven
    @Bobbymastana : First thing you should do is open a question of your so that replies to you don't confuse this thread.
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  • ToddN2000
    What kind of files were you trying to move? Why not just copy them to a USB drive? It would be much easier than trying to swap HD's. IT could be the files may be for the wrong type of system if you are swapping drives. Are the both the same either 32 or 64 bit OS's?
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  • TheRealRaven
    Connecting a HDD to two different versions of an OS (or two different OSs) can be tricky. If the HDD was a boot drive, it could conceivably mess up the boot sequence back on the original device. And since the user IDs might not exactly match between the two systems, files belonging to one "user" might not be accessible to the other.
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  • bhannah
    I have to agree with what some of the other people said. You should have just copied them to a USB Drive. That said, the next thing that happened was when the HD was removed from 1 PC and placed in another PC was that the permissions changed for the original HD and stayed changed when it placed back in the original PC. That means that everything that is missing is that you no longer have permissions to view them. It may have changed the permissions on a lot of other things too. You will have to go into the system and change the permissions back. That can be done in computer management / storage / users.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You could've experienced some sort of corruption in the files. You might check your Recycle Bin and, like was suggested below, put the drive back in the original (or separate) system and see what's there.
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