External hard disk can't display files..plz help

Ryz - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM
 Adawy - Feb 14, 2017 at 08:08 AM

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

1 response

jack4rall Posts 6428 Registration date Sunday June 6, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen July 16, 2020
Mar 23, 2013 at 02:22 PM

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
thank you very much jack4all, got my files back now..big help. thank you so much
Thank you very much, well explained. I just recovered all my files from my external hard disk. The ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D G:\*.* works at once with the flash drives, but for external hard disk, you need to unhide files just like what you've advised. THANK you so much, my files are very much important. this is my back up. :)
Thanks a ton!
thank u so much I just got my 1 tb of data back :)
Thank You Brother
You saved my life