I bought a new external hard drive and pulled 2 folders onto it. Then I went back to one folder and deleted it off of my laptop. I have Windows 7 with the "Libraries"
When I hit delete it wiped out the pictures folder from the libraries
I panicked, but then found them when I went to Documents, My Documents, and My Pictures. I was relieved. Then I highlighted the 2nd folder and hit delete and it wiped out my entire pictures folder. It was GONE…along with my Photo Stream!
I KNOW I only had the one folder highlighted both times. I have also been getting ads popping up and have to wonder if the problem started with the external hard drive.