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Recover hidden data from external hard disk [Solved/Closed]

Aman - Latest answer on Oct 31, 2012 03:54PM
I have so many movies, files, folders & musics in my external hard disk . Due to some virus or something I don't know when I opened the external hard disk I can't see some folders inside it, but if I wrote at the top at the search bar the folder name or the movie name which are in inside the hard disk I can find the folder . So please if you can tell me what is the problem .
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moins plus

Try this 1.

May be the files are in hidden mode.

Click on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and click on OK.

Here I assume your external hard drive as G:

Enter this command.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

You can copy the above command --> Right-click in the Command Prompt and

paste it.

Note : Don't forget to replace the letter g with your external hard drive letter.

Now press "Enter".

Now check for your files in external hard drive.

Good Luck.

Naderater- May 18, 2011 07:06AM
THANK YOU!!! This was exactly what I needed... dang virus hid all the files on the external drive but I knew they were there because of the space allocation.
Lucky- Oct 20, 2012 03:11PM
I have tried your dos command but my it retained unreadable FILE0000.CHK more than 10 thousand am worried I might have corrupted my files further any solution for this
jm- Oct 23, 2012 11:37AM
thanks yar
xola- Oct 24, 2012 09:18PM
thanks man u save me
taspats76- Oct 31, 2012 03:54PM
you the man,thanks
moins plus
Perhaps, your files have been changed into hidden mode. You can do the following steps to show them again:

Start=> Run=>Enter "control folders" in the blank and click "Ok"=>Choose "View" on the appearing "Folder Options" interface=> Select "show hidden files and folders".

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