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During a repair some system files were written to an external drive

My laptop lost power during startup and when I told it to repair itself it apparently wrote some of the system files to an external drive that was attached to the computer at the time.
 I went on a trip and didn't realize it until the first night I tried
to use the laptop w/o the drive attached.
 I had none of my desktop files, no taskbar, none of my MS Office applications would work except Outlook, and even then my signature was gone, and every time I opened an email it would first say that it couldn't open
it because a file was a file missing, and then it would open.
 When I booted the PC with the external drive attached so I could download photos I'd taken, it worked.
 The message I get w/o it attached when it starts says that the Desktop can't be found and
is located on an external drive.

I changed the folder option to be able to see hidden and system files, but I can't find any system files on the external drive.
 My laptop has two hard drives, but I can't find any system files on the D:/ drive.

Before I figured out that it would work with the external drive I did some reading and created a User account in addition to my Admin account.
 I also tried to share something, but I don't remember what...
 The reason I was trying that is that now a lot
of my folders in the Users folder have locks on them, and they have a variety of blue arrows that I don't remember seeing before - I was thinking it was a permissions problem.

I was gone a month and just got home.
 I had to have the motherboard replaced (twice) this week by Dell as it was apparently the cause of the original problem, and the reason the whole computer died two weeks into the trip.
  I created a System Image the
week before the crash and leaving town, so I do have the option of using it to restore the computer, but from what I've heard, since I now have a new motherboard and 1 or 2 daughter boards, there's a good chance I won't be able to use the System Image.

I see the following as my options, in order of preference:
1)  There is some benevolent genius here who can help me straighten out the system files and everything will be wonderful.
2)  I can take screen shots of all of my many program customizations (and numerous Photoshop actions), and then try the System Restore, and if that fails, start from scratch by installing Windows and the multitude of programs I use every day.

I consider myself a home user with above-average knowledge, but I don't know how to use system commands.


Thanks -


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by diskcleaner | 2016-09-30 09:52