I am unable to pull up my documents

Asked by MetungKP on 2010-12-29

I am unable to pull up or view my documents folder. I am new to ubuntu with today being only my third day. I also have an external hardrive plugged in. The last two days I have been able to view folders in that drive but not able to view contents, so I was playing around and started using document viewers available via ubuntu and non of them work. I have a feeling me playing around with document views is related to my issue. I converted all of my docs from Microsoft Office to openoffice and I had no problem doing that. Turned my computer on today and when I try to open the documents folder it says unable to open directory. While typing this I remembered seeing a "recent document" which I found in Places. One of my docs is in there but since I've viewed so many items my other docs are no longer in there.

Please help me fix my issues. Those docs are my work docs and there is a year worth of work?

Thanks!
KP

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2010-12-30
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2010-12-30
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2010-12-30
MetungKP (metungkp) said : #1

Someone please help me... I'm still not able to view my documents. When I click on Documents the Document Viewer pops up but there are no documents. Sometimes when I click on Documents it says, "Unable to view library". I need those docs for work end of you paper work.

Help?!!!

MetungKP (metungkp) said : #2

I found this thread. I hope it solves all my problems...
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+question/137814

Wim (launchpad-xs4all) said : #3

MetungKP,

while working on an external Hard Drive, you must give the system time to write all the information to the Hard Disk; this takes a while...
If you ask the PC to shut down during this time, the information about your files can be corrupted, or be shown as corrupted.

Pleas try this: put external Hard Disk on and connetct to the PC before booting up.
If you are logged in to Ubuntu, start the Thunar File Manager. (default in Ubuntu)
Browse first to / (called root)
Then browse to /media, look for your External Herd Disk there.
Just browse around, doing nothing else.
Please post here what you can find on your External Herd Disk.

We will try to recover your information as soon as possible.

MetungKP (metungkp) said : #4

Ok, it did solve my problem.

One of the main reasons I dumped Windows 7 for Ubuntu was the available on-line help. I was stressing out because of my missing docs. These are my business docs for the year.

I started to think I made the wrong decision in switching because no one was helping, and no one did! The dude that had the same issue, also new to linux, figured it out himself. I hope next time that I run into issues that someone would help.

Can someone explain why this happen? I want to prevent it from happening again.

Thanks!
KP

MetungKP (metungkp) said : #5

Thanks! I hope next time I have an issue someone would really care and help.

Actually, someone helped me on another thread. Thanks! Fabio

Neil (goofandfroggie) said : #6

Hi
Please remember that most that come to this help forum are just everyday people, not all computer geniuses. We help were we can, I know I would not be able help you to fix this problem you had. I looked so I can learn to was interesting ..
You asked on the 30th and fixed the problem on the 31st well done.
I can understand the frustration but sometimes One has to just wait until someone comes along that knows help to help.
So please be patient next time, and well done on fixing the problem yourself.
and putting the solution is a great help to others, who may have the same problem
Neil

MetungKP (metungkp) said : #7

Hey! Niel
Yes, I understand. This was over a month ago and I was thinking at that time that I had lost one year of work documentation, so I was in a panic. Turns out all was okay. I am very appreciative of everyone's assistance so far and I'm glad my computer is running on Ubuntu.

Thanks!KP

MetungKP (metungkp) said : #8

Hey! Niel
Yes, I understand. This was over a month ago and I was thinking at that time that I had lost one year of work documentation, so I was in a panic. Turns out all was okay. I am very appreciative of everyone's assistance so far and I'm glad my computer is running on Ubuntu.

Thanks!KP