I've been on this forum all morning reading the threads relevant to my problem and tried all tips but they didn't seem to work. It's literally a cry for help!
I backed up my files on Seagate external expansion drive before I performed system recovery on my laptop (Windows 7) as it was playing up a lot.
After the system reboot, I went to access my files on the external drive and my heart sank as when I double clicked on the drive, it showed an empty folder. The problem is, the driver shows used space, so my files must be there, I just can't access them. When I go to Disk Management, the external drives shows as Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) and the files are NTFS.
I tried to search for hidden files, it only came up with .mui and bootmgr files. I've also tried to copy the files from the external drive to my HDD through CMD screen but the access was denied and I couldn't do it.