It has happened to me on several occasions that my Downloads folder has been deleted. This is, of course, a bummer, but nothing of big significance, as my Downloads folder is just stuff without a meaning to me. However, about an hour ago, my Documents folder containing several very important files has randomly vanished. The moment when it vanished I was in my terminal and changed from my Documents folder to my home folder using the cd command. I can confirm that I did not move or remove the folder via a command (mv, rm etc.). However I did move files within the directory.
It simply vanished out of existence after I hit the cd command. After my Downloads folder disappeared the first time, I dreaded this moment and set up Deja Dup as my backup solution, however, as it turns out, it did not back up the Documents folder as I set it up to do, leaving me lost without my important work.
I use an HDD, and a SMARTctl check told me that it passed the SMART overall-health self-assessment test, which I indicate to be a sign that the hard drive is functioning and healthy.
A bit more information about my system: I use openSUSE Tumbleweed x64 on the latest snapshot with a btrfs partition on both / and /home.
Is there some way to get the folder back, or at least make sure it won’t happen again in the future?