External hard disk can't display files..plz help [Solved/Closed]

 Adawy -

Please help. my external hard disk does not display its files. I tried the above procedure but still no file sfound. it says the following:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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C:\Users\deped>attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
Path not found - G:\

C:\Users\deped>attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:\*.*
Access denied - E:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-3776239377-2079873506-1346661329-1000
Access denied - E:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-518761654-757517671-1751558290-1000
Access denied - E:\ \RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1960408961-1500820517-839522115-1005
Access denied - E:\ \RECYCLER\S-5-3-42-2819952290-8240758988-879315005-3665
Access denied - E:\System Volume Information

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Sunday June 6, 2010
Last seen
July 16, 2020


They are some folders like "System Volume Information",$recycle.bin where the

user don't have access to it.

For such folders "Access Denied" message will appear. So don't worry about it.

Enter that command, wait for a while until the process get completed and then

make sure that your files are removed from hidden mode.

The error message "Path not found - G:\ " means that G-Drive doesn't exist

in your computer. You have entered a wrong drive letter.


Try this 1

Click on Start --> In search box, type folder options and press Enter.

[If you are using Windows XP then type folder options in Run and press Enter]

"Folder Options" will be opened. Click on the "View" tab.

Now select the option "Show hidden files, folders or drives" and uncheck the

check box "Hide protected operating system files" --> Click on "OK" button.

Now look for your files in your external drive.

Later undo the changes you have made by once again going to "Folder Options"

--> Click on "View" tab and click on "Restore Defaults" button --> Click on "OK".

Good Luck
Thanks a ton!
thank u so much I just got my 1 tb of data back :)
Thank You Brother
You saved my life
I tried unhiding the files but my most important folder still won't show up. please help me

try this:
in your external hard drive folder click on "View" --> Folder options (top right corner) --> View --> Enable hidden --> Uncheck all the hide boxes below --> apply
and then access the hidden folders that will appear to you, then VOILA!!
you'll find all your missing files ^_^
copy them somewhere safe ... and scan your hard for viruses, then if they still don't appear normally, you can now safely format your drive :D

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