Pendrive shows only shortcuts [Solved/Closed]

n.vamshi 1 Posts Sunday September 23, 2012Registration date September 23, 2012 Last seen - Sep 23, 2012 at 05:47 AM - Latest reply:  Jadyn
- Dec 22, 2017 at 05:47 PM
files ,images,folders in the pendrive are not opening.its displaying the to open those files.can that be possible???

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Ambucias 51812 Posts Monday February 1, 2010Registration dateModeratorStatus May 24, 2018 Last seen - Sep 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM

If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are not in

hidden mode. Follow the following steps.

Step 1:

Click on the below link and download the file "AutorunExterminator"

Extract it --> Double-click on "AutorunExterminator" --> Plug your pendrive now.

This will remove the autorun.inf files from your pendrive and also from drives.

Step 2:

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

Here I assume your pen drive letter 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 pen drive letter.

Now press "Enter".

Now check for your files in Pen Drive.

Step 3:

After that, download the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the below link

Update it --> Perform "Full Scan"

Note : Default selected option is "Quick Scan".

Good Luck.
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after attrib command it is saying ''access denied'' plz help !!
Zohaib R 2416 Posts Sunday September 23, 2012Registration date November 12, 2017 Last seen - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hi n.vamshi,

The description indicates that it is likely to be a virus or some malicious software issue.

First off let's check if the files/folders on the drive are recoverable. If the files can be recovered you can run an antivirus scan on the drive and can retrieve your files.

Follow the steps below:

1. Boot the computer to Windows XP desktop (your profile mentions your computer has Windows XP).
2. Click start.
3. Click Run.
4. Type cmd and click Ok.
5. Once the cmd prompt with black background appears type the following and hit Enter:

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

(Assuming f: is the drive letter for your USB flash drive in my computer.)

6. If the cmd prompt displays the list of files/folders, you can still recover them.
7. Run full scan on the USB flash drive using your antivirus software.
8. If you are using Windows XP 32-bit then you can get a free antivirus software from Microsoft.(
9. Once the scan is complete or during the scan do select to remove the malicious content from your computer.
10. Hopefully, you will be able to recover your files on the USB flash drive. This worked for me.

Do reply with results.

Thanks & Regards
Zohaib R
no working yar
thank u man u solved my problem
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aquarelle 7182 Posts Saturday April 7, 2007Registration dateModeratorStatus January 24, 2018 Last seen - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM
thanks alot. you saved me :*
onapthanh 5 Posts Friday August 9, 2013Registration date January 25, 2018 Last seen - Feb 5, 2014 at 01:51 AM
I do not understand wats the issue of becoming shortcuts all the tym ... i've formated it sevelal times i"ve also performed all the above mentioned steps but still problem remains the same
Zohaib R 2416 Posts Sunday September 23, 2012Registration date November 12, 2017 Last seen - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Hi Peter,

If I am correct, you received the error "Path not found - F:\" error in step 5? This error arises due to not typing the drive path correctly in the command. You must replace "F:\" with the drive letter of the Pen Drive. Try correcting this and check if this works.

Do reply with results.

Thanks & Regards
Zohaib R