Thank you for the feedback, Martin, but as I said in the OP, I did tons of searches and no related folders or files were found.
I have to agree with Romantique. I don’t typically install trials of things (other than Cubase of course), and I think I would have had this problem long ago if I did have any unlicensed stuff installed.
Reinstalling didn’t change anything, but I did some further digging around on my mobile rig (No 8.5 yet) and in my backups, and can now confirm that installing the 8.5 trial somehow deleted 3.9GB of stuff from my Cubase library folder!
So, how the heck does that happen? Granted, that folder has probably been accumulating things for many versions, but this has never happened before, and why should it? Installing Pro 8 didn’t change anything. (That I’m aware of)
Recalling things is hard enough as it is. It’s well known that people keep prior versions of cubase on their rigs, if only for recallability reasons. The idea that installing new stuff may be making it harder or even impossible without my knowledge is pretty aggravating. If I didn’t have another rig or backups, I wouldn’t have a clue what was going on, let alone the ability to find or restore the lost files.
Any thoughts or comments on this, Steinberg?
Thanks again guys. Haven’t done it yet, but will restore the lost files from backup and see if that fixes it. Assuming it will.