So, I was working on my computer, windows 8.1, when the screen went blue and it said it was crashing. It took a really long time to collect "information", then it crashed.

Upon resetting it, Windows went into the loop of doom, and wouldn't start, instead attempting to (and failing to) recover data.

I booted from a different drive, and checked out the drive that failed. Program files is still there, but my documents and a folder called projects are totally gone!

What happened? Where are they? How can this be avoided?

  • It sounds like your SSD partially failed
    – Ramhound
    Sep 25, 2016 at 17:29
  • It's the partial part I don't understand, why would one folder disappear, but the program files directory is just as expected. Does that not make any sense Sep 25, 2016 at 17:43
  • Why it happens is because of how SSDs fail
    – Ramhound
    Sep 25, 2016 at 18:45

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What caused this? God only knows.

Where were my files? They were in D:/found.000/

Why didn't they appear in searches? Because they are encoded as .chk files which again no one knows why.

Why is this? No one can guess.

How did I recover them?

Purchase this software for $100 : http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/ad-buynow.htm

Did the job. Found some other free softwares, but given how critical these files were I bit the bullet and bought it.

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