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Old 07-22-05, 03:46 PM
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HELP! Folders not showing in XP

I have a bit of a problem. A number of files/folders I have on my hard drive are missing when I use My Computer and then access the drive. However, I can see the files and folders when I use the DOS prompt.

Can anyone please tell me what I need to do to get these to show?
Old 07-22-05, 03:52 PM
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do you have "Show hidden files and folders" enabled?

Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> Show hidden files and folders
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yep - still nothing .. weird things is I can see them all from the DOS prompt
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what are some of the folders?
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one folder was called "mp3" and housed all of my mp3 files

I am seeing that the folder that still show all begin with either a symbol or the letters A-K. The files the show (that were not in folders) all are letters A-H (I'm not sure if I had any with I,J,or K that were not in folders).

I have tried restoring to a restore point from yesterday - I saw all the folders then - but still nothing.

My next attempt will be to either rename my mp3 folder in DOS and see what happens, or deleting the HD from my system and rebooting.
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when I renamed my mp3 folder to "amp3" - the folder shows up in windows. however, all of the files inside do not
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and when I renamed it back to mp3 it no longer showed .. so the problem seems to be in how the drive is only showing a small range of the files/folders ..

HN - do you think it would be a good idea to try removing the HD from my "system registry" and rebooting?
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hmm, that goes beyond my experience (the removing HD from registry). sorry man, i'm stumped
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I'm on a microsoft chat board right now, but no one there has a clue either
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try one of the free data recovery programs listed in the stickie at the top of the forum. perhaps you will be able to at least recover the files.
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Have you scanned your hard drive fully with a Virus scanner? Though, this my not apply, Check ILOVEYOU, you may want to check what is running via Task Manager and search the Hard drive for .vbs files. The vbs files you can right click and open with Notepad to view its contents.
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after multiple attempts to salvage anything, I was left with no option except to format the drive. Sadly, I lost over 3000 mp3s.

No viruses found - after multiple full scans. I wonder if the HD just crashed.

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