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XP has renamed my hard drive and Document folders!

Question: XP has renamed my hard drive and Document folders!

Hi, 3 weeks ago I added an external hard drive, to which I transferred my My Documents folders as well as some other stuff. All worked fine, Windows was happy with the new MyDocs location etc. However yesterday I attached my camera briefly via USB and subsequent to this, Windows seems to have renamed my external harddrive to F: instead of E: and also changed my document folders to "Jamie's Documents/Picture/Music etc." instead of "My Documents"

I've managed to rename the doc folders but not the drive. I don't personally care what it calls itself, but some programs are having difficulty finding relevant files.

Any ideas whats happened and how to reverse it?

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Answer: XP has renamed my hard drive and Document folders!

To change the drive letter, go into drive manager under computer manager in the control panel, right click on the drive and change drive letter and assign it E:.(Make sure nothing else is using that drive letter other wise you will not be able to see one of them).
My 5 external drives are assigned letters starting from the end of the alphabet. This way if I plug some thin else in it doesn't conflict.

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Hello Staff and Users of Vista Forums,
Recently, less than a week ago, I lost the control to rename or move my
folders. As you can presume, this problem is very tedious. I have looked
around the topics here on Vista Forums and have not been able to solve
the problem. I have taken ownership of my folders and that hasn't
changed the situation as suggested. When I do attempt to rename or move
my folders, I receive no message, and the file stays where it was, how
it was. This only happens with my folders, my files show no resistence
to being moved or renamed as I see fit.
I am running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 and have owned
the computer for around one and a half years. Vista was pre-installed.
Thank you for your attention and thanks in advance for your help.
--
Mush Man

Answer:Renamed Folders Revert to Previous Names, Cannot Move Folders - FOLDERS ONLY

Mush Man;838106 Wrote:
> Hello Staff and Users of Vista Forums,
>
> Recently, less than a week ago, I lost the control to rename or move my
> folders. As you can presume, this problem is very tedious. I have looked
> around the topics here on Vista Forums and have not been able to solve
> the problem. I have taken ownership of my folders and that hasn't
> changed the situation as suggested. When I do attempt to rename or move
> my folders, I receive no message, and the file stays where it was, how
> it was. This only happens with my folders, my files show no resistence
> to being moved or renamed as I see fit.
>
> I am running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 and have owned
> the computer for around one and a half years. Vista was pre-installed.
> Thank you for your attention and thanks in advance for your help.
Hello Mush Man, and welcome to Vista Forums.
This tutorial may be able to help. http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/13...vista-fix.html
Hope this helps,
Shawn
--
Brink
*There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
them.*
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*Please post feedback to help others.*

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Question: Hard drive Renamed

My Hard drive has been renamed PC-cillion - When I try to open my hard drive up comes PC-cillion wanting to do a scan, How do I renamed my hard drive back to C ?? I have windows 98 second edition. Also would a virus rename my hard drive ?? I thought PC-cillion was better than it is, any help would be greatly appeciated Thanks

 

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recently i was going to extract a file into one of my folders.. so i was looking for my hardrive and i couldnt find it.. i was like WTF mate.. then i notice my drive was renamed USB Device

does anybody know why dis would have happened .

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I put a lot of my excess music onto my external hard drive and listen to it through i tunes.  For some reason my device changed names.  It was Western Digital (G:), but now it is Western Digital (H:) .  So now all of my music in iTunes is no longer linked.  Is there an easy way to fix this without having to go through each song/album and relinking it to (H:)?    Any help would be apprceiated.

Answer:External Hard Drive ?? Renamed?

Go to the control panel and open Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. Then select Disk Management on the left menu. In either frame on the right, find your external drive and right click it. Select "Change Drive Letter and Paths..."From there, you can assign it "G:" instead of "H:", provided nothing else is currently using G: as a drive letter.

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I renamed an internal drive from Y: to YZ. It went OK for a while but now I noticed that the drive name doesn't show up in windows explorer. In disk manager it shows drive Y:YZ.

Any idea how to fix this?
 

Answer:Renamed hard drive, but it won't display

Hi there,

You can rename a drive but each and every drive is assigned a letter.
See the bolow screen shot.

Here is instructions on how to do what i think you want to do...

Peace.
 

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Good day,
I was cloning my x230t hard disk with windoes 7 os to an mSSD.
So after cloning, I renamed my existing HDD from C: to D: so i can rename my newly cloned mSATA to C:. BUT the STUPID me forgot to rename the mSATA to C:, which was currently renamed to B: in the registry editor (\DosDevices\C: to \DosDevices\B:).
So when i rebooted my PC, all i get is a blank blue screen with nothing in it. I managed to to run explorer through the task manager, but unfortunately, I'm stuck. I can't even open My Computer or even run command prompt as an administrator.
I really hope someone can help me solve this problem, since i cannot even recover my windows 7 license number because i cannot run anything on my laptop.
Thank you very much.

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i was trying to open control panel it indicates "No such interface supported" this also pops up when i try to open my computer. I also tried to run registry editor so i can rename it back to the cloned drive from B: to C:, but unfortunately path error occurs, again this maybe due to path file is directed to C: which is currently renamed to B:.

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I have an external hard drive and it has three drive labels on it. They used to be labeled as F: G: and H:. Some how or other they changed to G: H: and I:. There are programs on my computer that have been searching in the old drive that they were originally in. In between the switch of the drive letters, I had inserted a mini-USB drive and I believe that to be the cause of the mix up. I took out the drive and tried restarting my computer several times and still not luck. Is there anyway to correct this problem by returning the labels back to their old names or do I have to simply change all the file directories and locations to the new drives?
 

Answer:Solved: Hard drive labels were renamed

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management

Once in there, under Storage go to Disk Management.

Right clicking on your drive allows you to "Change Drive Letters and Path".

You CANNOT assign an already assigned letter, so if you want to change A: to B:, you will have to first change B: to something else before you can assign A: to B:.
 

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I recently turned off my external hard drive and ran windows vista without connecting it. Now that I have turned it back on the drive latter has changed from F to G even though the usb connection was never removed. Is there an easy way to change it back as now Itunes cannot find any of my music and Photoshop cannot find any of my photos. I realise I could rebuild the libraries but this seems a very long winded way of solving the problem.
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Windows has renamed my external hard drive? Help.

You should be able to do this easily -
In Vista, you can use the Disk Management console to manage the drives on your computer. You can assign any letter between E and Z to a hard disk drive while letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives C your boot drive and D usually for a CD/DVD drive.
To access the Disk Management console, right click Computer and select Manage. Under Storage, click Disk Management. The drive configuration of your computer will be displayed in the details pane. You can change the drive letter by right clicking any volume and selecting Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click the Change button and use the drop down arrow to select the drive letter you want to assign to the volume. Click OK. Click Yes to confirm your actions.
Make sure that your external drive is plugged in before you do this so that it will show up.

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Good day,

I was cloning my x230t hard disk with windows 7 os to an mSSD.
So after cloning, I was trying to rename my existing HDD from C: to B: so i can rename my newly cloned mSATA to C:. BUT i just realized that the C: i was renaming in the registry editor was the cloned mSATA. I think windows automatically changed the drive name to C; when the old HDD file was formated in the disk manager. So my supposed to be drive C: was renamed to B: in the **registry editor** (**\DosDevices\C:** to **\DosDevices\B:**).
So when i rebooted my PC, all i get is a blank blue screen with nothing in it. I managed to to run explorer through the task manager, but unfortunately, I'm stuck. I can't even open My Computer or even run command prompt as an administrator.




I really hope someone can help me solve this problem, since i cannot even recover my windows 7 license number because i cannot run anything on my laptop.


Thanks in advance.

Answer:HARD DRIVE RENAMED - blue desktop screen, cannot run system files

i was trying to open control panel it indicates "No such interface supported" this also pops up when i try to open my computer. I also tried to run registry editor so i can rename it back to the cloned drive from B: to C:, but unfortunately path error occurs, again this maybe due to path file is directed to C: which is currently renamed to B:.

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Hello,

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and I am ecountering a very weird problem.

I have a folder on my Desktop that I created called "My Travel Shots" that contains several folders inside of it. These sub folders within "My Travel Shots" contain .jpg files.

I can rename or delete these sub folders and they appear to be renamed or deleted.

HOWEVER!!.... When I use Internet Explorer and I am on a website where I can upload my photos.... I encounter a very strange thing!!

When I browse to my desktop folder "My Travel Shots" to select the pictures I want to upload, I can see all my deleted sub folders. I also can see the sub folders with their old names, along with the sub folders that have their new names.

For example... today I renamed a sub folder "Italy01" into "Italy June 2010".

When I was on a website where I was going to upload my photos... I used Internet Explorer to browse to "My Travel Shots" where I could see both the "Italy01" and "Italy June 2010" as subfolders, when I really only should be seeing, "Italy June 2010".

It's like Internet Explorer is seeing folders that are no longer there!! And clicking on these ghost folders even shows the .jpg files inside!!!

Refreshing the folders view when I am in Internet Explorer and even rebooting the machine doesn't fix this problem.

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Answer:Deleted Folders Or Folders That Have Been Renamed Still Show

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Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the “system manufacturer” block.

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.
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I found a thread on this with a response for Vista and followed it on my Windows 7, however when i go to select the drive letter I want, the letter I was using is not available so I am still unable to access my music library thru my current player. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Windows has renamed my external hard drive? Help Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/23/wi

I'll be more specific now that i found my own thread. My external drive was letter K, however today i find it had been renamed to M. I have gone thru my computer to disk management and when i select change drive letter and path I am not given K as on option to change back to. Is there any way of getting it back to K so I dont have to rebuild my media libraries etc?
Thanks again.

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Hi all, hope someone could help me out. I'm new here and hope that efforts will be fruitful, so thank you in advance! so on to my problem:

I have an external 40gb 2.5" USB drive which I use to backup and store some movies and data. Recently I encountered a huge problem. Some of my folders containing documents were instantly renamed with weird characters, ASCII looking characters actually. I'm not sure if this is due to some malware, but I've read some posts that say that it is caused by some malware and have gone through the whole process of trying to remove it with no evident success. I cannot access these folders, and I really need the documents in those folders. When I click some of the folders it says "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect" and in other's it says that i should check if the drive or network is connected. However, most of my shows or movies that I store there are accessible. Only the essential documents and files seem to be blocked or inaccessible/unreadable.

So if someone knows a solution to this, could you please help me out. Thank you very much...
 

Answer:HELP! Folders renamed

Closing duplicate thread, please continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/573980-laptop-hard-drive-problem.html#post4727649
 

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When i rename or add to a folder from another PC (Also Vista Ultimate x64) through my home network to my storage pc it disappears

I can see this folder renamed on the storage pc. If i change it back to what it was before it pops back on the other pc.

If i rename the folder with any old name from the storage pc it comes up on the other pc.

Ive just done a re-install of ultimate x64 on my storage pc in which the files im trying to update or rename. It was all working fine before i did a re-install.

Any ideas why?

Answer:Renamed folders go missing

Would it have anything to do with permissions?

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I recently did a clean install of XP, plugged in my SimpleTech 500GB external hard drive, and my WD Passport, and had trouble getting them to be recognized by my laptop. They then went haywire and I got error messages from both saying they were not formatted, etc. I restarted, installed some more drivers for the hardware in my laptop (including plug and play, the proper version for my chipset), and they finally worked. However, all the folders that were on the disks were renamed, such that a folder named "videos" was renamed "videos.exe", and the original folders were "hidden". I can successfully delete the .exe files, "unhide" the folders and they work fine. But is this something I should be concerned with? Should I backup my files and reformat?
 

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Just bought a 500 gb WD Passport external drive. Backed up my netbook (Win XP) files, then moved to my desktop (also XP). On my desktop some folders on my Passport have been renamed, such as from Documents to Documents.exe and from Music to Music.exe.

I've scanned for viruses, but nothing has come up on either computer or on the hard drive. I'm able to correct the folder names, but I'm afraid there's something else going on. Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Folders renamed to .exe files

How did you back up?
 

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I find that most of my folders have been renamed. I don't know how. Suppose the folder name was 'sdfkjh falkhf aslkjd' , it has been reduced to 'sdfkjh'. I don't think it has anything to do with the length either since there are long ones still intact while short ones have been renamed. What do I do?

Answer:Most folders have been renamed to shorter names!

I don't know what happened, nor do I know what the best solution is, but here is one possibility:

Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility

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I'm running Win 7 64-bit, and just installed SP1 RTM. I had no prior version of SP1 installed, but I did have all the recommended Windows updates.

The problem is that as soon as Installed SP1, Win7 shows my "special" folders (Documents, Videos, Pictures, etc.) with the dreaded "My" prefix. I think I had done something to my system previously that made these display in Explorer without the "My", but I don't remember what. (I'm a very experienced computer user and programmer, but I failed to take notes on all changes when I was configuring and de-bloatwaring this new system about 2 months ago.)

Trying to rename the folders in Explorer fails; it says there's already a folder with that name. If I open a CMD window, dir shows me that the directories do indeed exist without the "My" prefix, even though Explorer insists on decorating the names.

How do I get Windows to stop being so "helpful"? This is driving me crazy. I've Googled this every way I can think of, done searches in regedit, etc., but I haven't stumbled across the solution.

Suggestions?

Answer:SP1 virtually renamed my shell folders(!?)

Perhaps have you done that directly from registry...?

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Recently received a new PC. I had an HP that I've been nursing for 8 years.

When I moved the hp to an ssd I moved the Library locations off of the ssd to an internal Hdd Have done this on numerous PC's

One my new PC I did the same thing by creating a directory on D : for each library. Then right clicked the library, chose Location and move, telling it to move it to the d drive.
For some reason, now under, "This PC," the music icon and video icon are both label, "Music," and lead to the music directory. It's like they are copies of each other.
Can anyone help straighten it out. TIA

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Weird issue I hit a couple of times now (Win7 Home Premium). I had just fully patched yesterday btw, before this occurred.

I created a folder on my desktop, say it was called "temp".
I dragged some files into it.
I created another folder on my desktop, and named it "whatever".
The previous folder, "temp" now renamed itself "whatever (1)" (might have ended in (2), whatever convention Windows uses for auto-renaming)

So I renamed the original folder to "temp".

Likewise when I added a third folder bearing a different name, the first two that I had created this session were auto-renamed to become copies of my new folder name, with number suffixes on them.

Answer:Existing folders get auto-renamed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by skydiver123


Weird issue I hit a couple of times now (Win7 Home Premium). I had just fully patched yesterday btw, before this occurred.

I created a folder on my desktop, say it was called "temp".
I dragged some files into it.
I created another folder on my desktop, and named it "whatever".
The previous folder, "temp" now renamed itself "whatever (1)" (might have ended in (2), whatever convention Windows uses for auto-renaming)

So I renamed the original folder to "temp".

Likewise when I added a third folder bearing a different name, the first two that I had created this session were auto-renamed to become copies of my new folder name, with number suffixes on them.


Make sure that when you rename a file or folder, that nothing else is selected.

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Laptop (running Vista) ran out of battery the other day and when I booted back up, all of my desktop icons were renamed to the date they were created. All of my internal files and folders are the same way. I've tried manually renaming them, and when the text box comes up, the original name is there, but pressing enter doesn't fix it. I've already tried aa system restore with no luck.
Need help ASAP.
 

Answer:Icons/files/folders Renamed Themselves...

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I have a user that renamed all of the folders the same name in My Documents, although she swears she didn't do it.

So, they're like this:

Annual Pricing
Annual Pricing (2)
Annual Pricing (3)
Annual Pricing (4)
. . . etc.

Anybody have an easy way to restore the names? I wasn't sure if SystemRestore could fix this up or not. Using Windows XP.

Thanks! :major
 

Answer:User renamed all the folders in My Documents to the same name

System Restore does not monitor the My Documents Folder.

Hate to say it, but you may have to change each folders name manually back to the original.
 

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Hi allAll my windows folders have been renamed to %ThisFolderName% and will not dosplay correctly, i.e only have the icons can be seen and have to scroll down to see everything else.I have done varioius virus scans which ahve found the startpa -S virus. I have tried to clean but keeps coming back and alters my IE settings as well.I have run Adaware plus, spybot s+d and spywarebalster with no luck.I have downloaded and run the Sophos way of deleting this virus with no luck.Adwatcher has picked up 5000 entires since this started of startpa -s trying to change registry entires.Can these two be linked and how can i solve please.Lahorie

Answer:folders renamed and not displaying correctly

Virus keeps returning via your system restore points.Switch off system restore (this will lose all you restore points todate). Run your virus scanner and clean files run adaware spybot etc. So now you have a clean system.Switch system restore back on and make a new restore point.Virus should not now come back./\0/\

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Well after trying to fix the fact that windows update will not update (i renamed the catroot folders as
someone had suggested) windows 7 won't boot up. The auto feature that's supposed to do the job
(repair windows so that my computer/windows boots again) was unable to. I can't even do the usual
safe mode F8 root. HELP. I don't have a windows 7 disk because though my computer came with it
loaded I didn't get one. Please guys I need help. How can I get to the repair recovery I know must be on
my computer. I was thinking maybe a restore is the easiest way to go but if I can't get to it...UGH

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot up after I renamed catroot folders

Please look thorough this entire tutorial, it will help if you read the whole thing. Ask any questions if needed.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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This question is about syncing and backing up files in general. Sync Toy and a few other backups tools can not do what I need.

The problem is how to synchronize folders of thousands of photos and music files between my computer and external HD. I am constantly renaming files, adding and deleting child and parent folders, moving photos or folders to new folders etc. on the computer. So I don't see how any sync program could correctly deal with files and subfolders that have been moved to different folders. When any given folder on the original and backup is compared, the program can't tell the difference between a file that is missing on main computer because I wanted to delete it permanently and one that was missing because I moved it to another folder or renamed it - correct?

Yes there are programs that show you comparisons between two folder but that does nothing to solve the problem - you still have to go through everything manually and handle the missing-vs-moved-vs-renamed situations yourself, one by one.

So now imagine this happening for hundreds and hundreds of files and subfolders every week.

It seems the only solution would be delete all 200 Gb of music and photos from the HD and re-copy them every time. Or, use continuous live cloud backup but that is absolutely not an option for me. First of all I tried it and it slowed down the computer outrageously - even though I was only backing up a few hundred Gb of text files and NOT my 200 Gb of photos and music! Secon... Read more

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Let's say I would like to have one place with only the following folders:

Images
Videos
Text
Audio
Temp
Other

If I click on my username I get folders for My Photos, My Music etc... I would like to rename those folders so that they -stay- renamed.
When I renamed the 'Downloads'-folder to 'Temp' it stayed renamed for about 30 minutes and then for some reason it switched its name back to 'Downloads'.

Another thing:
As stated above i would like to have -only- the folders of my choosing within the "Username"-folder. But then what can I do about the 'AppData'-folder which is also within the 'Username'-folder?

Answer:How rename system-folders (so that they stay renamed)?

One way around it is to create a new folder and then just change your Libraries so they all point to that one folder. AppData is a hidden folder so just uncheck the box for showing hidden files or ignore it. Messing around with that folder is likely to hose your system.
Library - Create New Library in Windows 8
Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8
Library - Remove Folder from in Windows 8

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I have a vista 64bit -

after i renamed the user home folder i then logged onto the user account of the folder i had renamed. Turns out the account has been restored to default settings with none of the old files, etc.

When i go into the Users folder however, there is an additional folder entitled ''TEMP'' and the renamed folder is still there and is intact.

How do i restore the account/user to its previous state?

Please, please, please - any help would be greatly appreciated. I need this fixed ASAP.

Answer:HELP! I accidentally renamed one of the user/home folders.

Hello Fitzy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could log in to another administrator account, or enable the built-in administrator and log in to it if you don't have another one, then just rename the user folder back to what it was originally.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am running XP.

I ran CWSchredder and it did not find any CWS malware on my system. However, Spyware Doctor indicated that my computer has CWS.Home Search Assistant malware on it. Just after using Spyware Doctor to fix the problem, my computer really was screwed up. I then used System Restore to get back to where I was.

On looking at my folders, some of the folders under "My Documents" have been renamed to names such as SUVRDLHZ, PJTPKRWN, FHAWAPVV, and BEOSNDAB.

Help! What can I do to fix these problems?
 

Answer:CWS home search assistant and folders being renamed

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Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above and you still have a problem, make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below thread to properly use HijackThis and attach the log:

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How can this even happen?

I downloaded from zip files 16 new albums--all by the same artist (an audio series)--named those 16 albums as I wished, divided them into 4 folders (4 albums in each) and named those folders as I wished. All in my MY Music folder. Then I went to lunch.

I came back, the folders were no longer there. After I did a search, I found them in a new general folder named by the computer, the 4 main folders were gone and all the names on the 16 album folders were changed.

The important fact on this is that none of the music had been played by any player. Why this is important is that not only these 16 new albums but also 12 other unplayed albums (divided into 3 folders of 4 albums each) were also all moved/name changed. I had had those albums on my computer for weeks and they happily stayed put.

All changes were made to some internal name of the files--that is to say, the main folder to which they were all dumped (with no more 4 to a folder delineation) was some name from the original files.

It would certainly seem I either got the weirdest of bugs or I hit some command that said "take all my unplayed music and make it the downloaded name instead of the name I gave it and put it all in 1 folder."

This also happened to me one other time with itunes. But there, i ripped some cds, put them in folders as I wished, and each time I played something the name was automatically changed and it was put in a new folder; same thing, some original name fro... Read more

Answer:Win 7 renamed/moved all my new music folders while i was out to lunch!

its because probably you need to take ownership How To: Take Ownership Of A Folder/File In Windows 7

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I have a desktop computer and a laptop. Both are running Windows 10 Creators Update. In the mail (laptop) app I have renamed some folders. These changes are visible on the web in Outlook.com. But the changes do not appear in the mail app on my desktop. Removing the account and add it back again didn't help. I can synchronize mail, only the app adds back the folders with their old name.

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Hello,

My office colleague borrowed my Seagate USB FreeAgent 320GB drive and when I connected this to my computer all the folders were renamed with EXE extensions and being traced by AVG Free 9.0 as Trojan Generic15.CALM treat and are suggested for removal/deletion.

I tried running Malwarebytes but nothing is reported.

Please Help. Thanks!
 

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So the problem is had a virus called the system check virus and started going through the manual process of getting rid of it. One part of it is making hidden folders, etc accessible and then renaming the virus files so it doesnt recognise them and they stop running. While in there i accidentally changed two of the folders names which had alot of characters so i mistook it for one of the virus files.
I've since learned these are windows folders and needed. was hoping someone could post a screenshot or something showing what these folders are meant to be called so i can change them back.
I know it was a stupid move but any help would be appreiciated... Thanks (hopefully this makes sense)

Answer:Renamed folders in application data, need to change them back

You must tell us the names of a few files inside or send screen shots of the open folders to see what files are there.

Only after that one would be able to know the names of the Folders in which these files are located in another computer.

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I'm almost certain this has something to do with a recent Windows Update.

All of the cd's that I have ripped via WMP in the past were all fine. Then since the last update, every single folder has been renamed from "Unknwon album (16-10-2016-5-10-19)" to "Unknwon album (16-10-2016-5-16-49)"

The track names still exist however.

But a lot of tracks have been placed into other folders instead.

When I click on the properties for a track and then the Details tab, every field is blank until you get down to the File section.

Is there any way to have this all revert back to how it was without having to go and rip the cd's again?

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium and Window Media Player Version 12.0.7601.23517
 

Answer:Windows Media Player has renamed my music album folders

I've seen some odd/unexpected behavior from patches, but not file renaming/moving. User/data files should be untouched by any patching. And I wouldn't expect there is a way to reverse what has happened.
 

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I hooked up my old laptop hd to my desk top to recover some files on it. but in the owner portion of my documents it says that my acess is denied. is there anyway to retrieve these documents?
 

Answer:Slave hard drive document recovery

http://forums.techguy.org/t420718&highlight=ownership.html

Also note that if you take ownership of the folder while it is connected to the desktop system, you will lose ownership when it is placed back into the laptop.
 

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I have a laptop with a crashed hard drive. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE Adapter to copy the documents from the hard drive so I can reinstall Windows. The repair option will not work. There is a user on the hard drive that was password protected, and I can't access those files. Is there any way I can gain access to those? The computer will not start so I can't get in to change the password.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed - Document Recovery

Sometimes you can do a fresh install of Windows on a new HD, add the same user name and install the same password. Then add the second HD and try accessing the protected folder.

If windows just wont allow you to access the folder on the second drive but it wasn't password protected, booting a Linux Live CD such as Knoppix may be able to access the data.
 

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I have formatted my hard drive and i have even changed the partion and previously there are four partion of the hard drives but right now there are only two partions of hard drive after formatting.And by mistake i have lost the ms-office document.Can anybody tell me the easiest way of recovering the ms-office document now??????????

Answer:how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

Since you changed the partitioning, it may be nearly impossible, but Recuva is worth a try:http://www.piriform.com/recuva"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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Question: Hard Drive Folders

Can I delete empty folders such as these: 4C4C4544-1457122485-4710-8033-B8C04F375631 OR {D77D7B4A-F002-4D40-BD69-9E646DE8C932}. They are located under "User/Administator/AppData/Local". Operating Sytem Windows 7 Professional. There are quite a few of folders similar to these. These are actual folder names.
 

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I have Maxtor Basics 500GB which aquired a virus as the USB port was infected, but it has been resolved and has been cleaned since but I have come across a few folders in the ext hard-drive which wasn't there when I bought it and was wondering if I could delete it. I have screenies of each, sorry poor they were done in Paint. The top pic is the over-view of my hardrive the unknown folders are the one in random digits.Are these files alright to delete or compile if there so my E drive is cleaner? Thanks in advance.

Answer:What are these folders in my ext hard-drive?

looks like maybe some sort of backup or something?

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As you can see in this picture, I have various Windows 8 folders on my secondary hard drive: Program Files, Program Files x86, etc.

I do not want them there and I do not know why they are there. Any ideas? Maybe I selected a backup option? These folders may be left over from Windows 7?

Also, I can't delete them. I don't have the permission of Trusted Installer.
Thanks!

Answer:I have OS folders on my second hard drive and I should not

If they are really from previous OS (Win 7). Right click on the folder and click on "Take Ownership" and if you don't see this option, then download from here: Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

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I'm running 2 external hard drives and a Codemeter Ignition Key. All were somehow assigned their own identification letter (example: Local Disk E:, F: and so forth upon install. I had gotten used to the drives by those letters. Yesterday they all changed for some unknown reason. I tried "start - "computer" and right clicked on each drive and clicked on "rename." I was allowed to rename a drive with its original letter, but when I exited the original was there with the freshly changed previous one beside it. Eg; "Local Disk E: F:." I even tried system restore but the problem remains.
Would anyone have some suggestions as to why this has occurred and how I can correct it?
Thanks and peace!

Answer:Hard drives mysteriously renamed!

Hello Bobby,

You can use either option in the tutorial below to allow you to change the drive letters back.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hard drive crash but can see folders

I have a friends HD which won't start but I can see the folders and files as a "slave" drive but "Properties says there is "0" under size and I can't get into the folders.

Is it "toast"? Any ideas to get some data off the drive?
 

Answer:Hard drive crash but can see folders

1. What filesystem? EXT, Fat, Fat32, NTFS, ResierFS, MacFS....
2. Have you run a disk doctor/scan disk utility on it?
3. How about a partition repair utility (In fact, I might suggest this before #2).

What were the symptoms of death?

All of this info, what size the drive is, make/model/etc would be helpful in figuring out what the best approach to helping you is...
 

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Running Windows XP. I keep getting these unknown folders mysteriously showing up (4 now) on my hard drive with these really long file names like
F:\f73ef3c0f4fe6ef82625daf1a158fc6d. I cannot delete them and when I open it up it shows 3 folders names AMD64, downloads,
and i386. Does anyone know what these are?
 

Answer:Unknown Folders on hard drive

they are normally associated with windows updates so leave them alone
 

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all folders in my toshiba hard drive 500gb not shown

Answer:i cant see all the folders in my external hard drive

I think it is cause of a virus. Try to unhide the folders you can see that in folder option. choose (show hidden files and folders). then save it. and check your HDD if all your files is there. if not double check again the folder option if still in (do not show hidden files and folders). There 3 ways to fix this. but before we continue do it first the Folder Option. and let me know the result.

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My folders on my hard drive are hidden (the only way I can view them is through Folder and Search Options in Organise). I can not unhide. See this picture for details (it shows ONE of my folders in my Hard Drive that is hidden):
Image - TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting

How do I unhide these folders?

Answer:Folders on Hard Drive are Hidden!

How to Unhide Folders in Windows 7: 8 steps - wikiHow

The hidden folder option may be greyed out, as the read-only file attribute has been selected for that file, you may want to unselect the read-only attribute for that folder and the files within the folder.

Hope this helps,

Harry

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Hello

I have two Internal Hard disks in my system. First one is partitioned and used for system. i don't have problem on this hard disk. My second hard disk is 500 GB, and is not partitioned. I m using this drive for storing movies and music. The problem I faced is two of the folders are missing from this drive. THese two folders have several files. All other folders and files are intact. I just checked hard disk's used space and found to be 463 GB. I then selected all folders and viewed the combined spaces(including hidden and system folders) and I found it to be 389 GB only. Where are my these two folders? How can I retrieve it? Where is (463-389=74 GB) of space which is included in drive's "Used Space" metrics.

My Computer is running on Windows 8

Any help will highly be appreciated

Answer:Folders missing in a hard drive.

Most likely, the missing space is Restore Points, which are kept in the hidden System Volume Information folder. This folder is typically only accessible to the SYSTEM user, so it will not get counted when you select all files and folders (even if you have hidden and system files visible), because your user has no access to the folder.

Open your start screen and start typing "restore" then in the search window choose Create A Restore Point. When that pops up, check to see if System Protection is enabled on that drive, and if so, view the properties and see how much disk is in use for it.

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After restarting my computer I was having a problem where I could not get into My Computer or access any folders on my desktop, recycling bin etc... I would double click and the folders would not open at all (however it worked in Safe mode)

I restarted my computer and from the F8 screen chose 'last successful boot'.

I can now get into my computer, however the probelm is I can see a partitioned drive in My computer and the status is telling me it's 53% full however I can not see any files or folders at all?

Any ideas on how to access this data again?

I have WIN XP PRO

Thanks

Answer:Can not access Hard Drive Folders?

Are any of the files hidden? What type of HDD is it?

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Good afternoon I'd really appreciate some help with my computer. The day before yesterday I noticed that some of my folders had disappeared from my hard drive. I run Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 and have conducted a couple of scan with no viruses found.

To test the system I created a new file folder on my C drive via file explorer and moved some data into it. When I reboot my computer the new folder shows up in file explorer briefly and then appears to be deleted. I checked the amount of used space prior to adding the test folder and after I added it. I also check the used space after the test folder was deleted and it looks like the folder is removed completely as the used space drops back to the original value before the test folder was added.

I don't download cracked programs but I did recently download a P2P movie with utorrent. I've learned my lesson after reading your forums and have deleted utorrent from my system.

I'm not sure what to do next.

Please find DDS.txt below:

DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Tim at 10:54:45.03 on 30/06/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.347 [GMT -6:00]

AV: Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7D2296BC-32CC-4519-917E-52E652474AF5}
FW: Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security (Firewall) *enabled* {3E790E9E-6A5D-4303-A7F9-185EC20F3EB6}

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Answer:Folders Are Disappearing From Hard drive

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Apologies for the long delay in response. Since it has been a while you posted, if you still require assistance, please provide us with a new set of logs in a new topic as this one shall be closed.

New Instructions - Read This Before Posting for Malware Removal Help

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Good evening I'd really appreciate some help with my computer. Yesterday I noticed that some of my folders had disappeared from my hard drive. I run Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 and have conducted a couple of scan with no viruses found.

To test the system I created a new file folder on my C drive via file explore and moved some data into it. When I reboot my computer the new folder shows up in file explorer briefly and then appears to be deleted. I checked the amount of used space prior to adding the test folder and after I added it. I also check the used space after the test folder was deleted and it looks like the folder is removed completely as the used space drops back to the original value before the test folder was added.

I'm not sure what to do next. I ran HijackThis as a diagnostic.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:35:22 PM, on 29/06/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
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Answer:Folders Are Disappearing From Hard drive

Hello Timneedshelp

I`m sorry, but we cannot help you with malware removal in this forum.

Please read ?Virus/Trojan/Spyware Removal Help ? and follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information in the Virus Help Forum
If you cannot complete any step, just miss it out and do what you can, but be sure to include this information in your post.
Please ensure that you create a new thread in the Virus Help Forum; not back here in this one.

Please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

If the problem persists after that I think you need to check the hard drive
First, back up all your important files

Then
Start/Run and type in
cmd
OK

When the command window opens at the prompt type
chkdsk /r (there is a space before /)
Enter

Reboot and chkdsk will run.

Be prepared for this to take hours if chkdsk actually finds any problems and tries to fix them.

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Hard drive crash but can see folders

I have a friends HD which won't start but I can see the folders and files as a "slave" drive but "Properties says there is "0" under size and I can't get into the folders.

Is it "toast"? Any ideas to get some data off the drive?
 

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The hard drive is usb type

Answer:in my hard drive the folders are like shortcu

Sudheesh K.S,Looks like the files got placed into hidden mode. Click on Start, and open the Start Menu.In the Start Menu search box area type cmd and press Enter. Let's say your flash drive or SD card is e: At the command prompt, copy/paste the following: attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:\*.* (Replace the letter e with your flash drive letter)Press: EnterLet us know if it worked.~~~~Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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I connected my external seagate 650gig usb harddrive to a laptop to download antivirus softwareonto it .I then noticed that all of my folders icons had changed to that of shortcuts.when i try access i get invalid folder or path dont exist.if i move and leave my cursor over a folder lets say it was called tricks it is now called e: gilinx.exe tricks the size remains as originalplease help regards vernon

Answer:my folders in my external hard drive have be

Did it happen after you downloaded software or as soon as you connected the drive? I just bought a Seagate external drive but I haven't connected it yet.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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I am running Windows XP home edition and I was copying two folders to a new hard drive (external) and seem to have lost them!!! I had a session of an image browser up (to do visual review as these were image files) and within that browser I had the entire list of subfolders displayed for the 2 folders in question. I had been actually using Windows Explorer to copy/paste from the c: drive to the new drive and just browsing using the image browser during the copy process to prepare for the next session. When I came to these last 2 folders, I decided to drag them over and move instead of copying as I really didn't need dual copies of them (at least not on those 2 particular drives as I had plans to make a second copy on yet another external drive). Well in the process of dragging, my cursor went wild, flipped out and dropped them before I actually released the left click. It was not apparent exactly what folder it dropped them into, so I figured I could find them by doing a search. I have 12 unique subfolder names that I searched on. None of them were found anywhere on any drive!!! I looked manually too, opening each possible folder that they might have dropped into - no luck.

Can anyone offer any advice on finding these folders? I know that a "placeholder" is assigned by windows in order to find stored files and I am assuming there must be some way to get windows to "find" that placeholder in a case like this where apparently it has lost it's way ... Read more

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hi guys

i have a 250gb usb hard drive now it works fine to let me in most folders but when i try to go in one folder it freezes up and i have to pull the cable out to get finder to work.

btw i am using mac osx if that helps

so anything any one can tell me
 

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Hey guys, I'm new here
I'm having a problem. My hard drive has like 6 folders. Each one containing different stuff like Word documents for school and such and movies and music. Non of the folders are opening except for the music folder. When I click on the folder for movies it says---> "Windows cannot find 'F:RECYCLER\e621ca05.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."
-_______________- Seriously? What name? I didn't type anything.
My hard drive's name is "My Passport (F)". This is so frustrating!!! Please help.
Thanks a million <3
Buttercupsx
xXx

P.S: Those random questions at the end are annoying. I failed a bunch of em. Hehehe don't judge.
 

Answer:Hard drive won't open folders help!

Sounds like the folder you are trying to open is referencing a path that does not exist. Try the drive in another computer, try the drive in a different Operating system - see if the issue is still there. The drive might be failing or the data on it is corrupt. try downloading the WD diag utility for windows & test the drive. http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=218&sid=171&lang=en Post back!
 

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my harddisk had renamed as HPLJP1000_1500 and i cannot rename it. please help me

Answer:my hard disk has renamed automaticall as HPLJ

Are you sure you're not looking at the CD drive? It sounds like you have an HP LaserJet driver disc in the CD drive.

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I have windows 7 ultimate and I connected 500GB hard drive and install some programs from it. It seems that some folders were created as temp install. The next time I plug in the hard drive Inotice that I have some temp folder that I can not delete. When I delete, the computer say that it is used and try again or cancel.

the folders names:
3d8af5af20d4b49b167e929141e2
3e37dbff823850b5ece9f10e25a035
9c7e8199eed170a6d345d9e9e7
34b8e0a38687e4ec397485c723
52f85d1ba3369c7d7a9ff2
 

Answer:external hard drive delete folders

You probably need to take ownership of the folders before you can delete.
 

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Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me please with a problem I'm having. The OS on my hard drive became corrupt (or something) and got to the stage where it wouldn't boot up - even in safe mode. I had to replace it, which I've done and I now need to get my pics / docs / music etc. off it using a usb cable, except it won't allow it because "access is denied". It will let me take my wifes files and folders off it and I guess this is because I had a windows password on my side but she didn't on hers. Does anyone know how I can do this please? I guess that I must be able to disable the password login on "my folder" or get it to display the prompt so that I can type it in (I know the password but don't get prompted for it as I'm not accessing it through windows boot up)? Many thanks. Ps it's a maxtor ATA 180Gig.

Answer:Access denied to (ex) hard drive folders

Take Ownership of the Folder click here

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i have made a major mistake of deleting some folders off an external hard drive and the files didn't show in the Recycle bin. I already tried to use System restore but it will not restore even though I have used a valid restore point. I'm desperate because although my computer is "user friendly" I'm not "computer friendly". What can I do to get them back and/or is there a program I can get that will recover the lost folders?

Answer:i need help in recovering folders on an external hard drive

Hello and welcome to the forum

Try Recova . . http://majorgeeks.com/Recuva_-_File_Recovery_d5514.html

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The downloaded password-protected program on my computer does not protect any 'locked' folder on my ext. drive when it is USB connected to another PC.
Can anyone recommend a (?free) program that can protect these files if the drive is lost or stolen?

Thanks.

johnni
 

Answer:Protecting folders on external hard drive

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From www.majorgeeks.com front page today. For NTFS drives.





AMUST Disk Cleaner 1.0 [SIZE=-1][ 648 Kb | Freeware | Win NT/2K/XP/2003] [/SIZE]

http://www.majorgeeks.com/AMUST_Disk_Cleaner__d5400.html

AMUST Disk Cleaner provides the basic functionality for disk cleaning by quickly identifying the largest files and folders on a hard drive, and displaying the results in a convenient view.In a matter of seconds Disk Cleaner calculates recursive folder size (including all files and sub-folders) for all folders on the entire NTFS drive.

It allows drilling down through any particular folder to its subfolders and helps identify space-hungry ones. When a clean-worthy folder has been identified, the tool launches native Windows Explorer against the folder. Than Explorer can be used to do the actual cleaning. Cleaning could mean deleting, moving to DVD or compressing (in rare cases).

AMUST Disk Cleaner introduces a unique Instant Disk Access (IDA) technology. IDA provides an unprecedented speed and can scan any size hard drive and determine the size of files and folders as well as other attributes within seconds. The IDA technology is based on proprietary knowledge of Master File Table (MFT) of NTFS volumes.




Just downloaded it. Haven't tried it, as yet. BazzaClick to expand...

Click to expand...


 

Answer:What Folders are hogging your Hard drive space?

Not a bad app Bazza if you wish to see whats taking up space on your HDs, sadly doesnt seem to work for USB drives or pens on the OS I was using, maybe not compatible with Vista as yet, but it did work for internal drives ok.
 

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Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right section, but I couldnt see one that suited my question and I'm running Win7, so hey, here I am.

I have an external hard drive which I have used for years to store many 100s of GBs of various multimedia. My musical taste has changed over the years, so I am constantly deleting albums and adding new ones. However, I have been deleting them through WMP but adding them manually in folders. Now I am left with 100s of folders which look like albums but are in fact empty. Now, I COULD spent 3 days looking through all of these folders and deleting those that are empty, but I'm really hoping there's an easier way. Is there a way for me to search for folders under a certain size maybe? Keep in mind many of the folders still contain album art etc so they aren't technically empty, but can I filter for folders containing less than 1MB of files for example?

It would really make my job alot easier. On the other hand, I could just leave them, but now after noticing the mess that the drive is in I feel the itch to clean. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Also, if there isn't a Windows-based solution, is there a program good at this sort of thing?

Thank You
 

Answer:Solved: Cleaning Up Folders on Hard Drive

Try this software to locate empty folders, not sure how flexible it is.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/Fast-Empty-Folder-Finder.shtml

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Hi! I have over 3,000 e-mails in one of my msn folders. I need to give them to someone and forwarding or copying individually is absolutely out of the question (it would take weeks). Is there any way possible to save or back-up an entire folder so it can be saved on a memory stick or desktop?
 

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Hi, my hard drive got into some trouble yesterday and I haven't been able to load Windows. I tried the different options in recover, but nothing worked (it says couldn't repair the error.)

I also tried loading in safe mode but it always got stuck at a certain .sys file.

I know I can access the files and it's probably the loading portion of Windows that is broken because I can delete, modify, etc. the files from the recover DOS prompt option.

Anyway, I bought a new hard drive and installed Windows 7 and things are okay with the new drive.

My problem now is I'm trying to pull out my data from the old drive (connected via external USB case) but when I click on the folders in the old drive, it tells me:

"You don't currently has permission to access this folder, click continue to permanently get access to this folder"

I understand why it's doing that, but when I click 'continue' nothing happens, and I still can't access it.

Is there a way to access and pull out my old files?

Hope someone can help.

Thanks.

PS. I'm using Windows 7 Home version.

Answer:No Permission to Access Folders in Old Hard Drive

Hi Arzoo,

If you believe you're experiencing problems with permissions, rather than some issue with your hard drive, this tutorial may be of use.

Take Ownership Shortcut

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Hello. I need somobody to help me here. There is a bunch of strange folders on both disk C and D of my computer. Like 50 folders with strange names consisting of letters and numbers. I tried to google several of those names, but found absolutely nothing. It's really wired. I scanned the computer for viruses, but it appears to be clean. Attached are the screenshots of what I'm talking about.

All the folders on disk C are 95MB, and on D - 143MB.
I also tried to delete them, some of them didn't delete, "access denied", but some did. After that computer wouldn't boot, so I had to do system restore. Now I have all the folders back.

Can anybody help me with that? Thanks.
 

Answer:A bunch of strange folders on hard drive

Well you even have an OldHDD folder (no doubt chockers as well)

I would say backup your data, and install Windows clean (this time around)
 

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I am not sure this is the right forum for this question, but I will ask any way:
 
Is there a way to update only new files to an external hard drive?  just updates any changed files and adds new ones?
 

Answer:Updating of Folders In An External Hard Drive

Do you mean of a differential backup?

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I'm switching from an old desktop running XP to a new laptop running Windows 10.
I've copied folders, including some programs, to an external hard drive and/or a USB.

Windows Explorer in XP allowed me to just highlight files or folders I want to copy, then right click to copy them to HD or USB, and vice versa.

How do I accomplish this in Win10?

Answer:Copying folders from C: to external hard drive or USB

Selection:
1. left click first file, hold CTRL down, click all other files you want if they are not contiguous.

2. Also select a range- left click, drag the selection, release.

3. Also left click to select 1st file, move to end of desired list, SHIFT + left click.

Then you can, e.g. rt click and drag your selection to destination, release & select from the options e.g. move, copy...

Nothing special.. are you experiencing some particular difficulty?

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Hello,I'm using Windows 7 64bit. The folders on my wd external hard drive has disappeared (hidden...). It only showing the "System Volume Information" folder. Please help! I have run the Malwarebytes with no result. The firewall keep turning off on MacFee and not able to turned back on. I have removed and reinstalled this security software. It seems to resolved the firewall issue. But, the external hard disks are still affected. Many thanks in advance for your advise.

Answer:External Hard Drive folders not accessible.

It?s possible that bogus antimalware has hidden the files. Check if you have a folder named smtmp in C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Temp. If you have, read about and then run Unhide, scroll down here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...

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I have a second hard drive (D) that did have a O/S on it but doesn't anymore. I have some back up files that I wanna keep but it won't let me delete the Windows and Program Files folders. How can I do this please? I am in 'C' at the moment and want to delete these folders. I can't transfer my backup files to 'C' and format 'D' as the folder is too big. Help please.

Answer:Deleting Folders In Backup Hard Drive

click here Take ownership of the files. I presume you`re getting some sort of message when you try to delete them?

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Hi.

I have a problem! Acronis True Image is making backups of shared folder and I needed to restore one old folder from one of backup files... now the ****** acronis told that backup is corrupted, but restored folders/files on hard drive and shows access denied if I try access/delete/rename these folders/files... so now is the question how to delete these files? already tried booting with BartPE/WinXPE/Ubuntu live cd and all of them cant delete these directories.... tried from safe mode via command promt... tried installing something like http://www.gibinsoft.net/gipoutils/fileutil/ and NOTHING! some help?

p.s. formating hard drive is not an option!

Answer:can't delete files/folders from hard drive

Some folders are protected by the software that uses them.

Example, my Norton 2008 AntiVirus program folder is restricted to "Administrator" (and I don't mean me, with Administrator Rights). I have to logon as "Administrator" to change this folder security setting.

Try booting to [F8] Safe Mode with Command Console.

Or, boot to your WinXP Setup CD and at the first dialog whit the Repair option on the bottom Statusbar, use that to open the Repair Console.

The Repair Console logs on as Administrator, so you should be able to navigate down to the folders you want to delete them. Just remember, from the console you must delete all files within a folder BEFORE you can remove (RD command) the folder. That includes sub-folders.

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Hello forum,
My query concerns above. My main C Drive(OS) has 158GB free out of 221GB so I probably should not be worrying and my PC runs like a Formula 1 car. My questions: (1) I believe it is unwise to Compress the Hard Drive..yes ? but is there
any advantage in compressing ALL files and folders ? I know they can be uncompressed if needed quite easily.
(2) Windows has installed well over a 100 updates in the past month or so even though my settings are set to letting me choose. These must be taking up Hard
Drive space. I know the important ones are required but would there be any advantage in removing Optional and Recommended updates to free space ?
My system is Windows Vista Home Premium (64bit) on a HP HDX 18 Laptop and I am very happy with everything in general. Might sound like heresy but I actually like Vista and find it works fine

Answer:Compressing Hard Drive/Files/Folders

I too like Vista, see no reason to upgrade to 7, and use it as primary on all of my computers.

Now, your questions:

1) You would be very unwise to "Compress the File System" on your C:\ drive, as Vista takes this a little too literally, compressing everything, including the Boot Manager, and this will stop your computer booting, until you use your Windows DVD to uncompress the drive.

You have so much space that compressing stuff will only slow things down a lot and if you compress a crucial system file, then you have real issues, as it is also not the easiest thing to do - uncompress a file from the Recovery Console, you would have to import a new copy from a USB stick probably.

2) The updates all have important functions, and you will save so little space, probably less than 100mb. Leave them.

In conclusion, leave be!

Richard

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Hi all,

I'm trying to stream my music/videos to my xbox via my network, all my files are stored on an external usb hard drive, when I try to share these folders an error box appears saying "Your library couldn't be shared" and "The file sharing wizard can't share system folders." Can anyone help me share these folders over the network please?

Thanks

Matt

Answer:Unable to share folders on ext hard drive

If they are on anexternal disk (not USB stick), try to INCLUDE them into e.g. the Music and Video libraries (right click on the folders and you will see). Maybe that works. Example:

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Hi everybody!

Please, I need your help. I have Win 7 Enterprise installed.
When I click into my IE8 Favorites, my HD folders are appearing there. I did some tests and if I try to delete them, my original HD files are deleted.
Maybe it happened when I tried do bring back my favorites from my backup files (ex Win XP), and I think that IE8 added all folders of my c: hard drive instead of only my favorites bookmarks.
Now, I can't even add new bookmarks.
Please my friends, is there anyway to fix that?
Sorry about english errors, I'm typing from Brazil.

Answer:IE8 shows Hard Drive Folders into Favorites

What I would do is copy from you favorites all of your files into a different folder then delete them off your favorites?? That should work..

You said that these files are XP files not Seven correct??

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Hi,

I have 465gb of files and folders on a 500Gb hard drive that needs to be cut/pasted higher in the folder hierarchy.

Here's a visual:
The reason this happened is my HD broke down and I had to send it to a company (ChronoDisk) to extract the information to another HD. This is how they sent it.

I need to move those files because the path used by many programs/files are broken.

Is it possible to do this without actually cut/pasting? My guess is it might crash half way or simply not work at all because there is not enough empty space to make a cut.

Please help!

Answer:Moving all hard drive files 4 folders up.

Do you have another HDD available? You could also make a new directory and cut+paste sub directories individually until you've made up the entirety of the folder.

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I installed a card reader which works fine, but since then my D: drive icon in My Computer folder has changed. I cannot find how to get 'change icon' to work with this partition of my hard drive.It's very annoying as the new icon that has been used looks nothing like a hard drive more like a boiled sweet.Any ideas any1?

Answer:Hard Drive Icon in folders has been changed

If you use XP have you tried a system restore.

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I installed service pack 1 and 2 for WinXP and ever since, these folders have appeared on my hard drives. Windows gives me "Access Denied" everytime I try to delete these folders.
They are named:
17f87597de7d9a2cec1fb3c410132fce
5e5cf012d814b5e8b
ed20688f91cee47145926ade23ae
and inside each of them is a folder called sp1, which I can't seem to delete either.

I've tried going into safemode but that did not work.
Anyone know how to remove these folders?
 

Answer:Weird folders on my hard drive that I can't delete

Hi gridlock

Welcome to Tech Support Guy Forums!

Can you move these folders to a different directory or even place them inside another folder to see if windows is trying to access files in those folders?
 

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Ok im new to this guys and ive spent a bundle trying to fix this. so here it goes my cd rom drive is a samsung and this virus i got has renamed it a samsong and i cant boot into safemode and my a drive is gone. so can anyone help me with this? i just purchased stopzilla it found 1 trojan. and my computer still dont see my cd rom drive. Please help!!! i just bought a new hard drive if all else fails.

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I have 3 drives listed under "My Computer" > "Devices with Removable Storage". They are:3 1/2 Floppy [A:], CD-RW [D:] and DVD-RW [E:].They all work as they should - BUT - when I use a Philips DVD+RW disc in the DVD drive it changes the name from DVD-RW [E:] to simply CD-Drive [E:].The Windows drive identity stays like that until I re-boot then it goes back to DVD-RW [E:].Nero has it listed correctly and it works OK but is this an OS registry problem or is there something on the DVD disc which is doing it?I have erased the disc a couple of times using Nero but the renaming continues.Any ideas?

Answer:DVD drive getting renamed?

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Am running MS XP Pro, SP3 on a Gateway p233 that has been overdriven to pCeleron running at 533 mHz. Unit has 756 RAM and has two hard drives, primary with 40 GB, secondary 60 GB both formated NTFS.

Have had a problem with files disappearing from a secondary hard drive. Folder structure remains in tact. The mystery is that I have restored the files from a backup that I have of the disk contents, the files appear until I close them, then they disappear again. After the problem initially developed I had the system cleaned up and the operating system reinstalled. Since that time the issue has continued for over six weeks. All of the files that are disappearing related to MS Office programs; i.e., Word and Excel predominantly.

I have gone in and changed file attributes so that all files, including system files, are visible. Moreover, I have gone in and opened all permissions for the drive and it still is happening. Am not sure if a "repair" of the OS will solve the problem or if I should reformat the drive and attempt another restore of the backup.

This is frustrating the hell out of me. Is there a VB script program out there that restores attributes to original factory settings?

Mordechi
 

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Hi,

I have 3 external hard drives which i have mounted onto my c drive

The reason i did this was so that media player could index the files, and then i could share my music to my ps3 by making media player a media server. Previously depending on which drive i switched on win xp would auto assign the next available letter and i was constantly having to change the monitored folders/drive in media player in order that they are shared on my network with my ps3.

Anyway, that's the background, and this has worked well for me for a few weeks, but when i tried to delete a folder from one of the mounted drives it says;

" cannot delete (folder name)
make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use"

I checked the folders attributes and unselected any that were read only, but still did not allow me to delete.

Here's the bizarre bit, if i go into the folder, i can delete individual files until the folder is empty, but even then can't delete the folder itself??

I thought the folders may have been "in use" by windows indexing, so told windows not to index them, but this didn't resolve the issue.

Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.

I am running win xp sp2

Thanks
 

Answer:Unable to delete folders from external hard drive

I have 3 external hard drives which i have mounted onto my c driveClick to expand...

Explain what you mean by this.
You can not mount one drive onto another.
 

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Hello everyone,
I have lot of media files on my external hard drive so I decided to tidy up by creating folders Suddenly I run into this error

This is a new laptop
Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Tablet PC | Dell Canada

Im running windows 8.1 I have full permissions and I don't know what to do

Please advise.

Answer:Unable to create new folders on external hard drive

To clarify, you are creating folders on the external hard drive, not the laptop's drive? I know that's what your title says, but still want to make sure. Since you are doing such a simple task and receiving a catastrophic failure, it could be that the external drive is having hardware issues. You can check it's sector health with Hard Disk Sentinel: Download Hard Disk Sentinel

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So my aunt called me today and said she had a problem with her computer, i had fixed some little things in the past for them(viruses) but i this one is over my head so i turn to you all!

They have a fairly new Acer desktop running windows 7.

When I turn it on windows starts fine but no programs show on the desktop or start menu. I originally thought everything was gone but all of the virus protection loaded and seems to run fine, and I can run the programs that appear in the notification toolbar. When looking at C: it is empty, no folders, nothing! In the add/remove programs it shows everything is still installed. So i am making the assumption that all of the files and programs are still on the hard drive and intact. So at this point i am trying to figure out if this is a hard drive issue or most likely a windows problem.

Any ideas? Im a lil lost..

Answer:Windows shows that no folders or files are on the hard drive

One thing! Could the folders and files be possibly hidden? Windows needs it to run so they can't be erased. Or the Windows could run but flash constant errors. Can you attach a pic or two?

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I have a new Dell Inspiron 580S computer (only have been using it less than 2 months) running Windows 7. Recently I connected my 7-year-old Dell computer to my new computer in order to transfer some of my favorite programs and many folders and files from the old to my new computer. I am finished with that and the old computer is no longer connected to my new computer. Now when I click on C:\ (my hard drive) at the top of the list of contents in my hard drive I see approximately 15 different folders that do not have names--just a series of numbers and letters. Each folder has a string of approximately 35 to 40 numbers and letters with no spaces in between. When I right-click on the folder and then click on Properties, it shows 0 bytes. If I click right on the series of numbers and letters this appears "This folder is empty." All 15 folders show 0 bytes and all show "This folder is empty." Since I am new to Windows 7 and new to this computer, I am very hesitant to delete these 15 different folders. Does anyone know what they are and if it would be safe to delete them? A Dell live chat about this did not offer any information about this.
 

Answer:Solved: Strange empty folders on hard drive

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Hello,
This is my problem... I had to reinstall windows and all is going well so far (just very tedious), but after plugging in my external hard drives one of them has folders that I believe are from Microsoft Update installations (which included a couple of device drivers) or possibly from HP device updates... (they look like this L:\7f6b418af72e04b214924794b837d42e). I'm guessing these folders should be appearing somewhere on the C drive similarly to the M$ update logs within the Windows folder. Or maybe they should just be disappearing after the update is installed. I'm not worried about these and feel comfortable deleting them, but I'd like to just not have it happen. I think this has happened to me before, but it was a long time ago and I cannot remember the solution.

I'd appreciate any ideas as to how to have these files route to the correct destination.

Thanks much in advance,
Sbergstc
 

Answer:Unknown folders appearing on External Hard Drive

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XP does not recognize folders and/or files on external hard drive

I am running Window XP Professional, 32bit, Version 2002, with Service Pack 3 and all recommended updates.

I recently purchase two Western Digital 320gb portable external hard drives, both My Passport Essentials WDME3200TN, one to back up documents, music and photos, and the other to perform a complete disk image

I formatted both external drives in NTFS and copied all my files over to the external drives. I have not yet performed a disk image.

XP has problems recognizing both of the drives.
Sometimes it doesn?t recognize the drive at all.
Sometimes it recognizes the drive but does not recognize anything on it.
Sometimes it recognizes the drive and folders on the drive, but not the files in the folders. Sometimes it recognizes the files, but when I go to open the file (MSWord doc, jpeg, mpeg, wav) the appropriate program (MSWord, Windows Media Player) will open and then give me a message that it cannot find or open the file.
On rare occasion, XP detects the drive, the folders and the files and I am able to open the file.

I tried one Microsoft recommended fix:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925196#fixit4me
Microsoft Fix It 50028
And it did not help

These are brand new, uncorrupted, virus free drives. I know the files are sound because I recently reformatted my main hard drive, reloaded XP, Service Pack 3 and all updates, and then copied all of my documents, music and photos back o... Read more

Answer:XP does not recognize folders and/or files on external hard drive

Are the hard drives powered by the USB cord or do they have their own PSU? If its the latter, make sure the power is on before you plug in the USB cord. If its the former, try a different USB port.

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HELLO everyone. Can you teach me how to protect folders with passwords without encryption? I have use RAR encryption but i have a hard time to open my files. You see, it took a long time to encrypt and decrypt folders, especially when handling large amount of data. Is it possible to protect them with password without encryption? thank you in advance.
 

Answer:How to password protect hard drive folders without encryption?

there are a number of programs to do that - I'm trying to locate the one I used
BUT all someone needs to do - is to boot up a linux based boot cd , like UBUNTU and they can then read the folder

so depends on the level of security you are after

here it is
http://www.xoslab.com/efl.html
 

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Hi
I'm using an old internal HD as a external hard drive. It's recognised in computer, but when i open it there is nothing showing.
You can see the space bar, which is nearly full showing data in red on there.
Can anyone advise how to open and access folders?
Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive Recognised - No Folders Showing

Your OS is?

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I have an external hard drive that I use mostly for storing backup images and files. A few weeks ago three folders showed up on the drive. The file names are a random assortment of letters and numbers and they are locked. Although I have the administrative account, whenever I try to delete these folders or change permissions for them it says I lack administrator privileges and that access is denied. In the Security tab in the folder properties dialogue box, it lists my user name as well as a user by with a very long name starting with S-1-5-21-4294891926...on and on an on. I did not set up this account and nobody else uses my computer!

I have no idea what these folders are (I can't open any files in them as it says I don't have permission!), I don't know why it's telling me I don't have privileges to open them when I have the administrator account and nobody else uses my computer, and I would like to get rid of them. If somebody could fill me in on what's going on here, thank you in advance!

Answer:Random locked folders on external hard drive?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by g2thak


I have an external hard drive that I use mostly for storing backup images and files. A few weeks ago three folders showed up on the drive. The file names are a random assortment of letters and numbers and they are locked. Although I have the administrative account, whenever I try to delete these folders or change permissions for them it says I lack administrator privileges and that access is denied. In the Security tab in the folder properties dialogue box, it lists my user name as well as a user by with a very long name starting with S-1-5-21-4294891926...on and on an on. I did not set up this account and nobody else uses my computer!

I have no idea what these folders are (I can't open any files in them as it says I don't have permission!), I don't know why it's telling me I don't have privileges to open them when I have the administrator account and nobody else uses my computer, and I would like to get rid of them. If somebody could fill me in on what's going on here, thank you in advance!


S-1-5-21-4294891926...is related to your account. Is this appear when you unhidde files & folders?

Could be Recycle Bin Storage and/or System Restore...I wouldn't delete them.

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Hi
I wondered whether someone could help. My hard drive has crashed on a toshiba satellite laptop windows 7 64 bit os. I have managed to save some of the files by encasing it and plugging it in to laptop. Really need my outlook folders .pst files but cannot find them as I do not know where they would be. 
 
Thanks
 

Answer:recovering outlook folders .pst on crashed hard drive

Since it was windows 7: C:\Users\(your user name here)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook
 
You should find the *.pst file under the user who had mail setup. If you have more than one user browse the appdata of all of the users.

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My 500 Gb Hard drive had some folders... and i hv given it one of my frnd...after receiving back, i found that the space in drive as it is bt the some folders is not there...when i opt to show hidden files and folders in the Folder option...again no folders is there...i hv one tool i.e. Disk Explorer installed in my PC , when i analyze/explored my drive using that tool, all the missing folders is showing in that tool. When i see the folder properties of those folders, In Attribute section wht i see is that Green square (not tick mark) Read Only option is checked and also Hidden option is tick marked (not green square) but this hidden option is dehighlighted i.e i can't change that one...When i searched over net i found a software called Attribute changer-7 using which we can change attributes. But problem is when i right click on my hard drive and click Change attribute. lot of option will appear in that attribute changer windowSo anyone pls guide me in changing attributes. I'm confused Which option to check and which to uncheck. One more thing is that in mydrive one folder is there called ?System Volume Information?. When I try to open that folder, a window containing message is being reflected. The msg is as follows? G:\ System Volume Information is not accessible? and in 2nd line ?Access is denied?So pls anyone olve my prob as soon as possible?.i am very much afraid of my data in those folders..pls suggest a successful step by step method to solve this witho... Read more

Answer:How to unhide or change attribute of a hard drive folders

The System Volume Information folder holds the Restore Points for that drive. That's why you are locked out of it. In the Folder Options window, uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended)". Do you see your folders now?You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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Hi,

My Laptop recently died and I have some important info on the Hard drive so I bought a 2.5" IDE external caddy enclosure for it so I could access my files. I connected it up and can access other files and folders on the hard drive.

My problem is that I cannot access the "My Documents" folder where all my important info is stored. When the hard drive was in my laptop the "My Documents" folder was set to "Keep the folder private" mode.

So now when I try to access the "My Documents" folder it says"access denied".

Does anyone know what I can do to access this folder?
Thanks for your time...

Answer:Access to folders denied on external Hard drive

Yours is a routine situation , there's an easy resolution.How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Louis

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Would like to move some thing like total pictures folder from the primary ssd disk to free up space to either a secondary hard disk on the computer or an external hard disk

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