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Drive folders/files exist but can't be accessed

Question: Drive folders/files exist but can't be accessed

I posted this thread in the Hard Drive section and they told me to move it here. I still feel it's a hard drive problem, but I may be wrong.
Hi there!

Yesterday I was on my computer looking at a friend's picture on Facebook, when I started getting a bunch of harddrive errors (Hard drive failure, and some others I believe). A program called Windows Repair popped up on my screen after it downloaded itself to my desktop (see pic). My computer ran the same after these messages kept popping up but when I went to click on my C Drive icon, it was completely empty. I had a external hard drive attached to my computer as well and it was empty too (Seagate 1.5TB). I noticed all of my shortcuts on my desktop looked subdued and I couldn't click on any of them. They even began to disappear! Also, when I would go to Start and All Programs, nothing was there. I ran some full malware scans and the Windows Repair program was gone for good. The malware was gone, but my hard drive problem was still there. I tried the 'stickied' thread's solution but nothing happened when I went to restart the computer. I did everything it said but it didn't work. Also, a Files Needed window keeps popping up saying I need SynTPCo2.dll (see attached pic).

It's hard to explain but I'll give it a shot. The files still exist but do not show up. If I can find a way to get to the programs they still work as if they're still stored on my computer there's just no way to get to them (sounds dumb, I know). For example, if I have a website shortcut saved on my desktop I can still use Firefox by clicking on that shortcut, but no Firefox.exe can't be found on my computer anywhere. Also, I know the files still exist because when I was going to Save As something, I could still see all of my folders in the window when I was looking for a place to save. No matter what I do it still says that the drive is connected correctly and that it 74 out of 80 GB full.

The whole thing is really frustrating me. I've spent hours researching the problem and I can't seem to find a solution. I know this may sound difficult to understand because I probably didn't explain it very well, but I hope maybe someone understands what I am saying and can help me out.

I'm not sure all that is needed to know, but I have a Compaq R4000 with Windows XP, bought in 2005. I was using Firefox when this happened.

Thank you so much for your time and interest. I hope I have given enough info for there to be some sort of help. I'm not the smartest when it comes to this sort of thing :) so please bear with me. Thanks again!!!

-Bryan




Below are the logs from the malware scans:

First one:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
Malwarebytes

Database version: 6198

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 (Safe Mode)
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

3/28/2011 1:26:21 PM
mbam-log-2011-03-28 (13-26-21).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|Z:\|)
Objects scanned: 291915
Time elapsed: 48 minute(s), 53 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
RegistryKeys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\JmpyxPEOWqPO (Trojan.Downloader) -> Value: JmpyxPEOWqPO -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop\NoChangingWallPaper (PUM.Hijack.DisplayProperties) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\HomePage (Hijack.Homepage) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\jmpyxpeowqpo.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\18407220.exe (Rogue.FakeHDD) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\bryan saam\local settings\application data\vgo.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\bryan saam\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\Z6U9DXPN\kvhnhlitklyphofpkog[1].exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\system volume information\_restore{d5341f9c-33f7-43cf-8bd2-1ae937c9ba1b}\RP791\A0117257.exe (Rogue.FakeHDD) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Second one:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50.1.1100
Malwarebytes

Database version: 6198

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

3/28/2011 3:14:45 PM
mbam-log-2011-03-28 (15-14-45).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|Z:\|)
Objects scanned: 293874
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 40 minute(s), 31 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 3

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\HomePage (Hijack.Homepage) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
c:\system volume information\_restore{d5341f9c-33f7-43cf-8bd2-1ae937c9ba1b}\RP791\A0118296.exe (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\system volume information\_restore{d5341f9c-33f7-43cf-8bd2-1ae937c9ba1b}\RP791\A0118297.exe (Rogue.FakeHDD) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\system volume information\_restore{d5341f9c-33f7-43cf-8bd2-1ae937c9ba1b}\RP791\A0118298.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully

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Answer: Drive folders/files exist but can't be accessed

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HI techies,
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Something yesterday transposed 'Downloads' into 'Documents' in the Quick Access list of File Explorer and in the Library list shows the downloaded files in the so-called 'Documents' folder.

I cannot find my trusty Documents folder at all, nor use any files.

But, Word, or Excel, or some other applications when doing a 'Save-As' go to the folder list which belongs in the old 'Documents' folder and proceeds to save properly (Word can also re-open the new file as a Recent file) but File Explorer cannot find 'Documents' at all.

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Any help appreciated.

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Answer:Lost Folders - but files exist

In File Explorer, go to C:\Users\[YourUserName]\ Is Documents listed? Open up Downloads Is Documents listed as a sub directory in Downloads?
In Recent Items, right click the file that was saved and Open File Location. This should show you the path of where the directory is now. You also can Right click and choose Properties/Target to see the location of the directory the file is in.

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Cleaning up the friend of a friend's completely virus infested, badly working computer.

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The Basics:

While I was beginning to install and manually offline-update various anti-malware tools so that I could begin to determine what I needed to do to get this thing clean and properly operable, I noticed while looking at Programs and Features that many of the install dates for various software were dated in various months in 2013. My installations were 1 year, 2 days ahead of the current date. Windows Explorer shows this to be consistent throughout the files and folders installed.

Looking at the install dates for some of the HP proprietary software/bloatware, I can tell this behavior started some point after the computer was purchased and used (the bloatware installation date was one day after the warranty start date listed in the BIOS). I am presuming dates on files and folders created, modified, or accessed from the point of the initial occurrence of what caused these particular incorrect future timestamps are the only ones affected.

The clock and date were wrong by the exact amount forward as were the install dates for the files I installed, so, as expected, the files were taking their timestamp from the computer's time. I assume whenever the computer date and time were maladjusted is when the problem started.

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Answer:How to fix wrong Created, Modified, Accessed dates on files/folders?

I know I am not supposed to bump this thread, and I will not do so again if it falls off the first few pages again without a reply, but I only have this notebook for about 24 more hours, so, in hopes that someone who hasn't yet looked at it might see it and have some insight, I am moving it back up. And I am assuming doing this is better than simply opening a new thread rewording the same exact issue.

If no one replies, I won't move it up again. Any help would be appreciated.

If the moderators have absolutely no flexibility for this, then please lock the thread, with my apologies.

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How do I get rid of them?

Answer:windows explorer shows folders/files that do not exist

Hello Larry,

See if refreshing (F5) the window will remove it if it's just a ghost folder/file.

If not, then restart the computer to see if it's still there afterwards.

If still not, then see if you may be able to use the free program Unlocker to remove it.

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I'm sure this is some kind of a thumbnails viewing issue or something that can be corrected. but I've tried cleaning up all the stuff I know about. like using the disk clean up tool and deleting all of the stuff in the %temp% folder etc.
I don't know what else to do.

how do I go about correcting this?

Answer:computer showing folders and files that no longer exist?

This is not something I normally recommend but try grabbing a copy of ccleaner.
CCleaner - Download
(it's free)
and use the temporary file cleaning only DO NOT use the registry cleaner part of the program.
IF you use firefox or chrome you'll want to click the app tabs first and check the boxes for those browsers.
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Hi...

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There is no tool on this drive to let me password lock it!

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Is this possible? And if it's not, what are the alternatives?

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Answer:I need help/ideas on how to lock files on a USB drive from being seen/accessed...

HERE is a link that may help. If not, continue to check the "security" section of this site for freeware that can help. I think this might do the trick though.

 

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Answer:Files on external drive cannot be accessed (owner + permissions hell!)

I saw some User like S-1-5-... on my XP machine when my Recycle Bin malfunctioned while trying to clear a drive. Had to get bit-unlocker to keep the Recycle Bin from locking up on a folder with that username every time I tried to empty the Recycle Bin. The problem eventually went away, maybe after I repartitioned the other drive.

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Answer:File and folders cannot be seen or accessed

I'm puzzled, why backup on the same drive.  If that drive fails all partions fail also.  Either backup on line or a second drive of some type.  On to your real question do a search "free data recovery software".  Look them over.  They might do the job.  Careful of " free downloads".  Be sure they say free software

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Answer:How to sort by Date Accessed in all folders?

I'm assuming this is what you are after.
1. Click the Start Menu Orb and then Search for cmd. Once that comes up Right-Click cmd.exe and SelectRun as administrator.
2. The UAC prompt will appear… Click Yes!
3. Now in the cmd prompt, Type in “ fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 0 “ and Press Enter.
4. Restart your PC for changes to take affect.

After restart
1. Switch the Window view to Details.
2. Right-Click category bar and Click More…
3. On the next window Scroll down and Check the box for Date Accessed and then Press OK.
That’s it! Now when you do Windows Searches it will pull up and show the Date accessed category.

Hope this helps Dan

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Good evening all.. Anyone know how to tell when a folder was last opened by time and date? In folder properties it will tell you the date it was created or altered, but I need to know when it was last viewed if possible. (I think I have someone snooping when I'm not around).
Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Date folders were last accessed?

Open up Windows Explorer. Right click one of the column headings and select more.
 

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Hi

Client of mine has got NAS storage (LACIE D2 Network) for a backup purpose at central office.
Private ip address 192.168.0.50 for LACIE D2 Network was mapped to a public ip address for the router which is 23x.45.5x.7x.
The remote PC (at remote location) uses Free SynBack to do a backup via FTP (username and password and public ip address 23x.45.5x.7x used) option to the LACIE D2 Network ( at central location).
I do not have any concern about the backup because it is working fine without any problem.
But when I type in a browser ftp:// 23x.45.5x.7x,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I can access all folders and files ,,,,,means any one can access those files and folders.

How can I protect those files , because I could not find an option through NAS storage configuration to protect that from being accessed by anonymous ??

Thanks
 

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Hello! This will be my first post. I ended up here after reaching too many dead ends trying to solve my issue, and i'm hoping someone may be able to help me out.

I am using Windows XP (/w SP2), and IE as my browser.

I would say my computer skills are intermidiate (meaning I can muck my way through most issues). My brother is a little more advance, and he has had no luck either solving this issue.

I have windows live onecare firewall running in the back of my windows. I am constantly getting 2 .exe files popping up (everytime I click a link in IE, open a new window, and sometimes just for the hell of it). Windows onecare gives me the option of "allow in future" or "keep blocking". When I choose the keep blocking option it continues to pop up and ask me each time regardless.

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Answer:Spyware? Folders/.EXE that don't exist? Help please.

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Whenever I make a new folder, rename folder, move folder, extract folder, etc., it says the file no longer exists. Once I hit try again though, it works like normal, but it's getting annoying.

Answer:Folders no long exist

Have a look at this Microsoft Fixit: Diagnose and repair Windows File and Folder Problems automatically

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CBS.log
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Hi

Client of mine has got NAS storage (LACIE D2 Network) for a backup purpose at central office.

Private ip address 192.168.0.50 for LACIE D2 Network was mapped to a public ip address for the router which is 23x.45.5x.7x

The remote PC (at remote location) uses Free SynBack to do a backup via FTP (username and password and public ip address 23x.45.5x.7x used) option to the LACIE D2 Network ( at central location).

I do not have any concern about the backup because it is working fine without any problem.

But when I type in a browser ftp:// 23x.45.5x.7x,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I can access all folders and files ,,,,,means any one can access those files and folders.

How can I protect those files , because I could not find an option through NAS storage configuration to protect that from being accessed by anonymous ??


Thanks
 

Answer:NAS storage (LACIE D2 Network) protect folders being accessed by anonymous

If it's like any other FTP server you should be able to disable the anonymous account. Although honestly I haven't touched FTP in about a billion years.
 

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Hi,

As the topic says, in my shares list there are around 30 folders that does not exist anylonger since I reorganized my harddrives.

It's really annoying to have 30 folders in my share list mixed together with folders that actually do exist.

I've been scratching my head for weeks now on how to clean the share list byt my google-fu is sorely lacking it seems.

Oh, and I'm running Vista Ultimate x64 with SP1.

Any tip on how to solve this would be good for my health, because this is driving me insane

Answer:Vista shares folders that does not exist.

nvm, fixed it

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I deleted a handful of folders a couple days ago while under Win7x64, now i've upped to Win10 it's showing those folders under pictures. obviously i can't access folders that don't exist, which also means I can't delete them, because they don't exist......but they are still listed?

Ideas?

Answer:Showing folders that no longer exist.

Hi, strange. You can try this: check from a command prompt outside Windows if you can see them and delete them, or boot from a 'Live boot' CD/USB drive and see if you can see them and delete them.

I.e. don't boot to Windows but view your drive without booting Windows.

Note - when using a command prompt you will need to change the drive letter to access your Windows disk/partition - it will probably not be C:

What message do you get if you try to open the folders from within Windows? Access denied maybe?

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Hi,

As the topic says, in my shares list there are around 30 folders that does not exist anylonger since I reorganized my harddrives.

It's really annoying to have 30 folders in my share list mixed together with folders that actually do exist.

I've been scratching my head for weeks now on how to clean the share list byt my google-fu is sorely lacking it seems.

Oh, and I'm running Vista Ultimate x64 with SP1.

Any tip on how to solve this would be good for my health, because this is driving me insane

Answer:Vista shares folders that does not exist.

nvm, fixed it :D

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I just dealt with a nasty Hard Drive Diagnostic virus and I think it may have damaged my windows explorer somehow. Content on my computer still exists, but none of it is showing up in any of the folders.

Old podcasts I have downloaded, for example, still show up in my Zune software and I can still play them just fine, however, my podcast folder is empty. I can find each individual podcast by using the start menu "search programs and files" thing, and I can play the file from that search, but if I right click on it and select "open file location," it just takes me to the empty podcast folder with a message that says something like, "no items matched your search."

A lot of items are missing from my desktop and from various folders on my computer, and my "favorites" folder is now empty, but I can still find everything by using that search. The content is still there, programs like Zune and Windows Media Player still seem to be able to access the content, but all of the folders these files are in are now empty. Can anyone please help me with this? I have lots of stuff I haven't backed up yet that I'd like to regain access to.

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I copied over my Documents folder to another drive last night in preparation for a new install of Windows, and happened to notice that there were two sets of folders that were identical:

Notice the Codemasters and Thief - Deadly Shadows folders. I have checked and they are in fact identical in name (no extra spaces, etc.). Just for kicks, I tried creating a third one but (as expected) I cannot because Windows recognizes that there is already a folder with that name. The ones you see were created automatically when installing said games, but I've never had this happen before. Is this just a glitch? I am using Win 7 x64 Release Candidate (hence my preparation for an installation of 7 RTM).
 

Answer:How can two identically named folders exist in the same directory?

They're in different physical locations. Right click, properties, and note the different Location.
 

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Hi. A few months ago a power outage occurred while using my laptop with battery removed. After I started it again, I found that my music folder was lost. I tried recovery programs and everything, but in vain. I noticed that a big chunk of the partition which contained that folder was occupied, though. I forgot about it, but today I was defragmenting that partition using Auslogics Disk Defrag when I noticed a folder named found.000 that contained a dir0000.chk folder which, in turn, contained a folder or two or more of my 'lost' sub-folders depending on the block selected. Clicking Open Containing Folder in the lower pane opens a window with the files within a dir0000.chk sub-folder. They are completely pristine, playable, and movable. Navigating via address bar doesn't work, though. I tried A LOT of recovery software, again. The best of them just indexes the sub-folders but cannot restore them. I can just move the files from every folder individually, but I'd like to solve that found.000 thing that isn't accessible even after changing the owner or taking ownership or whatever I could find on how to access it.

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In the program JRiver Media Center (MC), I was experimenting with saving my TV Recordings/subscriptions directly to the appropriate "seriesName" folder using the "Apply these tags (optional)' tool in the TV series' subscription rules.
Anyways ....

I got the command wrong and MC created a new folder rather than moving my recording to an existing folder. I fixed that mistake.

But now I can't delete the folders MC created.
I thought it might be a permissions issue (maybe I'm not the owner of the folder since MC created it), but even using the Windows command "takeown /f "path to folder" /R /D Y, I still can't delete the folders. The Windows error message says the folder does not exist. I think maybe the issue is the "space" in the folder name. I tried deleting the folders in an elevated Command Prompt window with remdir and rd. But Windows can't find the folder)s).

Anyways I tried everything I can think of to delete these folders. Perhaos I should just leave them as is since they are doing no harm.

This is a screen shot of the folders, their properties, and security tab. This is Win10-Pro x64. I am the Admininster. The computer is only used for Home Theater PC. Any ideas?

Answer:I have some folders that I can't delete. OS says folder doesn't exist

Try creating a folder with the same exact name in H and then delete it.

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I know where they are. I think I have placed them back into the proper location, but I can not send or receive with error message data file can not be accessed.
I uninstalled and reinstalled and still receiving same message
 
thank you
 

Answer:accidentally exported outlook pst files and data files can not be accessed

If you have had Outlook reinstalled recently, you may need to go to Tools/Account Settings to add your personal files. 
 
Click Tools.  Choose Account Settings. 
 
A window will open. Click Data Files. Choose Add. Then Choose the .pst file and Click OK. Click OK to Save, it will prompt you for a password which you can enter if desired or just click OK. You will then see the list of .pst files in your Account Settings.  Click Close. (you may have more than one .pst file so you will have to repeat these steps).
 
This is something to try and see if it works. Your personal folders should now show up in your Navigation pane with all your other folders. 

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Hope this aint too much babling but I just can't seem to figure this one out...
I have a Vista x64 machine where if I copy files to a USB drive then plug the USB into my Win7 x64 machine, the Win7 machine cannot see the folder/files.
If I go back to the Vista machine, move the folder into an existing folder (that Win7 can already see) it's all good, even if I copy the folder back out to USB root, it's still good. I got some kind of security issue somewhere? Any thoughts?
Happens vice versa too.
Also, an XP Machine can see the same as Win7 but not the ones Vista sees, a Vista x86 can't see the Vista x64 files either.
So it's definitely in the Vista x64 machine.
I'm so confused
Both x64 machines are Ultimate versions. My XP and other Vista Home are both 32bit. Not too sure what else to tell ya.
On the x64 machines the USB is NTFS mounted (I already tried changing that to a letter), on the other two machines the USB just grabs a drive letter.
I have no other sharing issues and have many USB drives plugged into the Vista x64 and all other machines see the files. Only lately do new files not appear.

Answer:USB Drive - Can't See Folders/Files

do you remove it safely? so no immediate unplug? that way, files may get corrupted

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Hope this aint too much babling but I just can't seem to figure this one out...
I have a Vista x64 machine where if I copy files to a USB drive then plug the USB into my Windows 7 x64 machine, the Windows 7 machine cannot see the folder/files.
If I go back to the Vista machine, move the folder into an existing folder (that Windows 7 can already see) it's all good, even if I copy the folder back out to USB root, it's still good. I got some kind of security issue somewhere? Any thoughts?
Happens vice versa too.
Also, an XP Machine can see the same as Windows 7 but not the ones Vista sees, a Vista x86 can't see the Vista x64 files either.
So it's definitely in the Vista x64 machine.
I'm so confused
Both x64 machines are Ultimate versions. My XP and other Vista Home are both 32bit. Not too sure what else to tell ya.
On the x64 machines the USB is NTFS mounted (I already tried changing that to a letter), on the other two machines the USB just grabs a drive letter.
I have no other sharing issues and have many USB drives plugged into the Vista x64 and all other machines see the files. Only lately do new files not appear.

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I have an external hard drive (HP Pocket Media Drive) that I use primarily for backup. But I see a bunch of folders on it that I have no idea where they came from - see screen shot below. They look like MS Updates, but if so, why did they go to my external drive?

I recently appended the folder names with "HOLD" to see if my system behaves differently - so far it does not (Several days of trial).

What are they? Is it OK to delete them? How do I avoid getting them in future if not required?

Thanks for your help!

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Operating System: Windows 7Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00 GHzRAM: 1.00 GB32-bit OSAntivirus Program: MSEHello Friends,Please list some unnecessary folders in C: Drive, particularly in Windows Folder.There is very less space remaining in C: Drive.Thanks in advance!

Answer:Please tell Unnecessary Folders/ Files in C: Drive

Deleting folders will not give you the space you want. 1) How large is the drive and how much free space is on c: drive?2) Is c: the only partition? If not, how many partitions are there and how much free space is on them?3) You will gain a huge amount of space by disabling System Restore. If you decide to do this, you should start using disc imaging software on a regular basis.4) You can also limit the space used by the Temporary Internet Files Folder in Internet Options5) Empty your Temp folder and the recycle bin6) If you have more than one drive or partition you can use the My Documents folder to another location7) And of course you can get a larger drive

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I have a program (WinDirStat) that tells me all the information I want in local drives only. I'm looking for a program (or method) to determine how many folder and the number of files in each folder for an external drive. Specifically, I need to know this information for my LG G4 smartphone. Can anyone help?

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My pen drive is 90% full with important files & folders. It has been affected by virus and not showing the content in it. Also no virus is being detected after scan. Please help me.I am using Windows XP professional and M/c Afee antivirus.

Answer:to unhide the files and folders in pen drive

perhaps this might help you unhide these?http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...mike

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I was trying to locate some files in my user folders in Windows 8 I was looking for the app data files to restore my email from an old version to a new clean install of the client. I could not find the folder although I knew it existed as this is where the app is storing my email, so I figured it was hidden. I started to look for the setting I knew in 7 that would allow you to see hidden files when you ran the folder properties. The only thing I saw anywhere about hidden files was on the first page of the properties where it says read only and hidden so I checked the box and told it to apply. (I know, stupid thing to do since I did not understand what it was doing. This is so unlike me) Now I do not have any user folders and not much works. How can I restore my user files?

Thanks,
Jane Spaulding

Answer:My user folders and files are all gone from my C drive

Hello Jane,

You can use step 2 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to have you hidden files (faded) show.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
Afterwards, set the same folders to no longer be hidden or read-only.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide - Windows 7 Help Forums

Read-only File and Folder Attribute - Windows 7 Help Forums
When finished, you can use step 3 in OPTION ONE of the first tutorial to no longer have your hidden files show.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all, first post, so I hope I'm posting in the right place.

I have decided to migrate to Win10 while maintaining my Win7 system until I'm sure (on the same box). Win 10 is installed on a new SSD, Win7 on an old SSD, with all my files held on a 1TB drive so I planned to just save any files I needed, like brower shortcuts on the storage drive.

In Win 10 I have had no issues viewing the files on this drive until today. I have a simple text file for storing information about the migration, and I can open it, but only see an old version of the file. It is fine in Win7. New files and folders I create in Win7 are not visible in Win10 at all now. What am I missing given all the old files created in Win7 are working fine?

E.G. If I boot into Windows 7 and create a folder on the root of the storage drive, called test, then boot into Windows 10 from my other SSD not only can't I see the test folder, I can create a folder named test. I've not booted into Win7 yet to see if I can see that from there.

Regards,

Alex.

Answer:Old versions of files and folders on 2nd drive

I would right click on "This PC", then manage, the storage, then disk management. In each OS make sure the disks and partitions are assigned to the drive letters that you think they are.

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Hey guys:

This is ugly. I came home and my drive had no info on it. I can only assume one of my kids did something. I don't know what. I went to Disk Management because the drive shows up missing. It's a raid0 array. The array is fine. But in Disk Management I can see the drive and it says it is "Unallocated Space"?? I know it should say healthy. I did allocate the space but did not do a quick format. I came here first to throw some ideas around. I would ideally like to be able to reverse whatever happened and have all the programs and files I had on there magically re-appear. Fat chance, right? I am using Windows XP Pro SP3.

Thanks

Answer:Lost all files/folders on a drive!!!

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Read the documentation carefully.

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How can I see all files and folders and programs that are on my c:\ drive by listing or scrolling through them?

Answer:[SOLVED] How can I see all files and folders on my c:\ drive

Try this -

START | type cmd.exe | right-click on cmd.exe above under Programs | select run as administrator | paste the following into the black cmd/DOS screen (to paste into DOS screen, right-click near the top of DOS screen, select Edit, select Paste)


Code:
dir c:\ /a /s > %temp%\0.txt & start notepad %temp%\0.txt
A note pad will open w/ a very long list. Note that <dir> = folder. It may appear to hang, but it is not. It just takes a few minutes.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Pen drive folders have become system files.I was infected by a virus when i used the pen drive in a cafe . And now the folders from the pen drive have become system files and are hence hidden.Also i used the pen drive in my laptop and my laptop as of now does not have an antivirus.SO please tell me how to solve the problem.There is some solution as attrib and such one but i dont know it clearly please give me precise information.

Answer:pen drive folders have become system files

KewlKez,Let's see if this solves the problem...Plug in your USB pen drive.Download Unhide.exe http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...Save it to the Desktop: Right-click on unhide.exe, and select: Run as Administrator Restart the computer.Let us know how it goes. We will need to get rid of the malware that brought this on.~~~~Retired - Doin' Dis, Dat, and slapping malware.

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My computer got this virus (link is to an image of the pop-up - http://fongthai.files.wordpress.com/...got-hacked.png) a few days ago, so I reformatted my computer. I backed up all of my files (MP3s, Word documents, and JPG pictures) on a 8GB flash drive. Now, all of the files by themselves work fine, but the folders on my flash drive have turned into .EXE files that I can't open.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Zhu Zhu at 15:43:21.79 on Thu 04/16/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.247.59 [GMT -4:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla ... Read more

Answer:Flash drive folders turned to .EXE files?

Hello ww2b,

1. Download Flash_Disinfector.exe and save it to your desktop.


2. Download Combofix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3


**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

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Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications as they may otherwise interfere with our tools

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Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear. The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives including your mobile phone. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
Reboot your computer when done.

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Keep the flash drive inserted.....


Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.

Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recov... Read more

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Hi,
I have a windows64 7 box with 2 drives - c: drive is SSD and has windows 7 installed on it. Drive c: has user profiles, program files, etc. I was accessing this computer remotely (remote desktop) during the holidays. I think the only thing I installed (update) during the holidays was youtubedownloader. The day after I noticed when connecting in with remote desktop (the windows sessions had remained active) was that there was many shortcuts missing from the start menu. I tried running something and I got an error that the target could not be found. I tried to look on the D: drive but could not see the drive in Windows explorer. The c: drive also looked abit emptier than usual, although the windows folder, program files, and another development folder seemed fine. I thought it might be a hardware issue so decided to restart the computer. When I tried to login I got an error that said "User Profile Service service failed the logon". That kind of confirmed my suspicion that there could be a hardware issue with the D: drive, so I decided to leave it a that and wait till I got home.

When I got home I disconnected and re-connected the cables to the hard drive, it seemed to run ok. I followed the instructions at support.microsoft.com/kb/947215 to try to fix the user profile, and that seemed to work. I did not notice anything obvious missing from the profile.

However, I then noticed that the development folder was missing from the c: drive. The folder was not in... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Files &amp; Folders disappearing from c: drive

Hello and Welcome to TSF.

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I see no sign of infection in your logs. We'll do a couple of scans to check for remnants.

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When you run this tool, remember to choose 'Skip' not 'Cure' if it finds something. We just want a scan, not a fix.

Download tdsskiller.exe and Save it to your Desktop.

Double-click tdsskiller.exe and click 'Run'

Click 'Start scan'.

If no infection is found, click 'Close' and let me know.

If an infection is found, select 'Skip' from the dropdown menu under 'Cure' then click 'Continue' > 'Close' > 'Close'.

It will produce a log here > C:\TDSSKiller.2.8.15.0_date_time_log.txt

Please navigate to the file, double-click to open it, and copy/paste the contents in your next reply.

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Please run this online scan to help look for remnants. Ensure your external and/or USB drives are inserted during the scan.

In Microsoft Windows Vista/Win7, you must open the Web browser via a right-click using... Read more

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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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Help me. I have three partitions/drives i.e drive C, drive D and drive E. I have installed windows7 Ultimate x86 on drive C. But i have a problem in drive E. There is a folder on drive E which I want to delete. I tried many times to delete that folder but failed every time. If someone know than help me please... Waiting for someone help....

Answer:How to delete Undeletable folders or files from any Drive

Hello ifi444, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to delete them using the free Unlocker program.

UNLOCKER 1.9.1 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Good morning/afternoon/evening.

After plugging my flash drive (a Kingston DT101 32GB) onto a colleague's computer, when I got home and plugged it onto my laptop (Windows 7, Home Premium SP1 64-bit) the folders started turning into .exe files. I deleted 3 of them, thinking it was a bug of some sort, but when all folders turned into files (it was progressive), I suspected there was a malware at action.

After looking at some threads talking about the matter (most from 2 years ago), I downloaded Panda USB Vaccine, Flash Disinfector and Combofix. After using Panda with no errors, I started Flash Disinfector but it didn't work (later I discovered it only works on Windows XP). I started combofix but when it talked about 'attempting to create a windows recovery (thingy)' I quickly shut it down.

No folders, at least that I know of, turned into .exe files on the laptop, so I assume it hasn't been infected. How can I recover the files in my flash drive, without Flash Disinfector? Can those folders whose .exe files I deleted be recovered? There are important files to me in them.

Thank you for your attention.

Answer:Malware transforms folders into .exe files (USB drive)

Bump.

I know it hasn't been 72 hours but this really is time-sensitive: I need the data in the flash drive for tomorrow night and there'll be hell to pay if I don't have it.

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I am running windows 8 on a dell xps pc. I have 2 large 3tb and 4tb external seagate drives. After a day or so they lose part of the connection. You can see the drive and folders a couple of levels deep but you can't see files. If you unplug and start again everything is there. On other machines it's not a problem. When you try to eject usb hardware it displays that something is accessing the device. So it's not the drive, it's a driver or something else.
 

Answer:USB back up drive loses files but not 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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Hello. My system has been very slow lately and I wanted to move some files from my C: and D: drives to my external drive to free up some space. The problem I am facing is I am unable to see the files and folders that used to be on my C: Drive. When I click on C: Drive, a message pops up stating that C: is not formatted. I know formatting C: drive will wipe out all my files so I am hoping someone out there has another solution. Also, when I right-click C: Drive, click Properties and check the Capacity, it is showing 0 Bytes. There should be about 12 GB. Also in Properties, when I click on Tools and try to check the volume, nothing happens, when I try to Defrag, a message states that it cannot run this type of volume and when I try to click C: from the command line, the following message 'The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted' appears. I have ran out of options. Please help. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Answer:Unable to view files and folders on my C:/ Drive

Run diagnostics on Chttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287If you want to save the data use a utility like http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDiskorhttp://www.recuva.com/to try to get to your files.D is your boot drive right?

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Mapped drive cannot create files/folders.
It says Location is not available.
X:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot
be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.
The mapped drive is done by a policy and users can see the files and edit them. They however cannot copy or create folders or files there.
There is no error and it works fine in Windows 10. Problem occurs on Windows 7.
Using the UNC path and add Network Location, it works fine. Just a problem when it comes to mapped drives.

none

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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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We have three computers running Windows Vista Enterprise that all connect to a network drive. Originally all had the same problem but now one is mysteriously working correctly. The other two machines must refresh after creating a new folder or file on the mapped server location in order to see the new folder/file, and then of course must click it again to rename it. I have searched around and tried all the suggestions I have found, which have not been many. We have rebuilt the thumbnail database and disabled Offline Files but the issue persists. Both of the computers that are experiencing this issue have another mapped network drive that works properly, they can create a new folder/file and it is immediately visible. And the third Vista machine and other XP machines are working correctly with this network location.

I am out of ideas. If it were just one computer or if all computers were having the same issue with the same network location, it would make more sense. Does anyone have any ideas, at all?

Thanks, Hallie
 

Answer:Must Refresh to see New Folders/Files on Network Drive

After posting this, realized there was one thing I had not tried. I disconnected and then reconnected the mapped network drive and now all is working as it should. Buggy...
 

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I am running Win 98SE. Norton AV was loaded back in ' 01. I removed Norton AV (uninstall).(Then used a Norton removal tool )

After realizing that Mcafee was battling with Norton on security issues scans etc. I removed Mcafee (uninstall). Decided to use Avast been happy as a clam but....I started to look into my hard drive files with a program called Disk Investigator. I found several files that have been there since 2001 they are Norton related and pretty large taking up valuable cache space. Win 98SE does not show Norton AV in the install /uninstall software, in My Computer.

Since I don't run Norton, how can they be removed ?
The files are:

NAVDX.EXE
NAVDX.OVL
NAVEX15.EXP
NAVOPTS.DAT
NAVSTART.DAT
 

Answer:Solved: Norton Files removal tool used ...but NAV files still exist why is this? gr

Try to manually delete them in Safe Mode.
 

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Running W7, with Open Office. Have just backed up My Doc files onto Google Drive. All folders and files that are on Google Drive have a green tick over the icon. However if I create a new file that does not have a tick, even though it is in the same folder with files that appear to have the same properties. I tried to search on W7 help Google drive forum, I looked also on Open Office (but I don't think it is that that is applying the tick). The only reference I could find to tick were to do with Norton, I do not have Norton installed. Any comment I would be grateful for.

Answer:Files and Folders put on Google drive appear with green tick why?

It is part of the Google Drive process. See paragraph at bottom of this page
Google Drive

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An hour ago I tried to open my files folder and found that 98% of my files including my folders disappeared form my secondary (G) internal (slave)hard drive, I have all my documents, music, photos, etc. in it.
I didn't use my computer yesterday. Last time I turned on my computer was 2 nights ago being outside the city using the LogmeIn Free software from a laptop to manage 4 files from my folder.
I was trying to convert a couple of one-note documents into pdf but the wide band connection disconnected several times so I decided to quit doing it and shut off the computer, at the same time when I was shutting down the computer my son told me that a lighting stroke near the house and that once he got inside the house and went to check on my computer, the computer was installing the windows updates... as soon as these were installed the computer shut down by itself...
Now its 2 days later and only my files and folders are missing from my slave hard drive, not any other file or folder (my son's or my wife's) are missing... only mine.
Has anyone else had this problem before? I haven't tried restoring or anything else, I have only tried searching for my missing files using the Windows Search button and can't find them.
I have Windows XP Professional SP2 installed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
 

Answer:Files/Folders disappeared from my secondary Hard Drive... Help!

I always suspect malware or a virus when folders start disappearing. Run a full system scan with a good AV software.
 

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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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I'd like to find a way, other than using McAfee, to backup everything from my Desktop to a folder on one of my external hard drives. Could someone please instruct me as to how this is done?

Thanx!

Answer:How do I backup all folders & files from my Desktop to an external drive?

I'd like to find a way, other than using McAfee, to backup everything from my Desktop to a folder on one of my external hard drives. Could someone please instruct me as to how this is done?Thanx! Use Allway Sync. That's what I use and its free.

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Properties are shown differently for folders and roots.
Root properties only shows used and free space.
Folder properties shows Size, Size on Disk, number of files/folders.
Questions:
1 - How can I discover on the root drive the total of folders and files on drive?
2 - Better, how could I list the number of files within each folder?
3 - Even better, how could I list the total of subfolders and files at each level within the tree branches?

Answer:showing the total of folders/files in drive root

You would be asking for a drive graphing program. There are numerous. I'm not completely certain of what you mean, but I believe it would come under one of two programs.

WinDirStat is most peoples first port of call. TreeSize Free will show you the total number of files. I believe the latter has a 30 day trial of it's premium software that would be able to save all kinds of data about your drive to a file.

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
Hope this helps.

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Hi all, i finally got my SATA drive to work, problem beig that a few specific folders are problematic to say the least.

while trying to re-install some games i created a 'Games' folder, after installing Enemy Territory to it i cant access it, (whenever i click on it i get the error):
Code:
D:\Games is not accesible.

Access is denied
If i try and delete the above folder i get the error message
Code:
Cannot delete Games: Access is denied.

Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and the the file is not currently in use.
Can anyone tell me what is going on?

I have also discovered that when trying to delete a .pk3 file from a seperate foder (D:\GamingWTF\ET\etpro\trmfght_beta2_etpro.pk3) i get the same message.
 

Answer:Access denied to folders and files on new SATA 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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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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Hi tech guys
I used to have Sugar Sync before, and quite familiar with it to sync my files on PC at home and at work,
I wanted to try Google Drive, as I have Gmail account that might be more useful,
I downloaded the software and selected the folders, but when I clicked each folder I found "Drop files here"
that meant all folders were uploaded, but with out the contain files that inside the folders,

comparing the Sugar Sync, just select the folder and after a while you will see a green "tick" at the lower corner of the folder to confirm that the entire folder was synced, and any new file or adjustment it will be auto synced,
is this option is available with Google drive too?
will appreciate if any relevant feedbacks,
regards
 

Answer:How to syng folders and files automatically with google drive

Hi momtaz,

I use a program called "Allway Sync" which you can setup to sync a USB or Folder to Google Drive in the background when the USB is inserted to the pc or for it to sync when files are changed.

Hope This Helps.

Cheers Luke
 

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I upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 and I can no longer see the files inside the folders on my networked drive. Before I upgraded I could see them, after the upgrade - not so much. The folders are fine, I can see them, just no files visible. There's no network issues as the files are visible from my Win7 machines and my wife's Win8 machine. All the standard default sharing and viewing settings are correct. Even if I put the direct path in File Explorer is tells me there's nothing there. I'm absolutely baffled. I have never seen this particular type of sharing issue before. I'm a pretty savvy Network Admin so the basic troubleshooting (and standard sharing settings) has been covered. But at this point I'm pretty much open to suggestions. Thanks

Answer:Windows 8.1: files in folders on network drive not visible

One bit of key info, I do not (and have never) use Homegroups - just Workgroups. And the drive is attached to my wireless router (ASUS). So setting a homegroup wouldn't solve the issue.

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Drat, I have enjoyed using XP Pro, but I never thought it would pull some trick like this.

A friend loaned me a thumb drive full of music. It is a Maxtor 2B020H1. I looked through the music and then shut down my system for the night.

The next morning, I booted up the machine without having removed my friend's drive. It put up a blue screen, told me it had found corrupted files and was fixing them. It did not respond to any of the keystrokes I tried, to get it to stop. It spent a long time "correcting" my friend's folders, then booted up normally.

Most of the folders are apparently unaffected, but five were changed from folders into files, 16kb or 8kb, no longer playable. Is there any way to rescue my friend's files, and prevent XP Pro from ever doing this again?

PS I have booted up with other, smaller thumb drives and never had this sort of problem.

Answer:folders became useless files on friend's thumb drive

WinXP Pro isn't in the habit of destroying USB keys. There are any number of reasons why some files on the key were corrupted. I would just copy the good files to the desktop, format the key, put the files back on and apologize for the mysterious loss of data.

As for never letting this happen again, be wary of using that particular port with USB keys, use safe hardware removal wizard whenever removing a thumb drive etc.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2400+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1023 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38162 MB, Free - 27306 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., A7V8X-X
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I wonder if anyone could please suggest why my wife's desktop computer has started behaving oddly? I might as well mention all the symptoms in case they're connected in some way. Firstly, it behaves differently when booting up. There's a screen listing all the drives which is displayed for long enough to read it right through. Previously, it simply flashed by for a split second. Then the screen is blank for what seems like ages, and finally a previously unseen progress bar of black and white stripes appears at the bottom, before it starts loading Windows.

After that, it's fairly normal, except that, when you click Start followed by My Computer, and the screen appears showing the various drives, clicking on drive C, the single hard drive, results in a graphic of a flashlight sweeping left and right across an icon of a file folder. This goes on more or less indefinitely, until the flashlight freezes. While this has been going on, the mouse pointer has turned into an hourglass. Sometimes, if you mouse over the cross at the top righ... Read more

Answer:My Computer screen won't display drive C files and folders

Hi, the first thing to note is that the pc is still using Service Pack 2.
SP 3 came out in May 2008, I think - almost 5 years of security updates are missing from the pc.
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Download Security Check by screen317 from.
http://screen317.spywareinfoforum.org/
Or
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/securitycheck/dl/123/

Save it to your Desktop.
Double click the install icon.
A command Prompt window will open.
Let it scan the Pc - press any key when asked.
It should now open in Notepad.
Copy and Paste the result of the scan in the reply box below.
 

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Wondering if there should be a STICKY, GROUPS or THREADS for TIPS and TRICKS? in this forum -combined perhaps with a wish list that we can send to MSFT every month

Anyway, one thing I really like about OS X is the ability to drag a folder from desktop to computer, then the window auto opens, displaying root, then you can drag over another folder (which opens to display sub root) and so on until you find the place where you want to dump the folder.

Is there a way to do this in Win 7 (or Vista)?

I right clicked computer and have Computer showing on desktop -dragging a folder onto this does nothing. Hoping there is a way to do this and perhaps an icon (as well?) of the HD on the desktop?

Advice appreciated.

Thanks.

EDIT: NEW = it will allow you to drag a folder from desktop to start button than into my documents folder. Not bad but better than nothing. All we need now is for my documents to open and have it display sub folders and/or the ability to drag anywhere. Advice?

Answer:Way to DRAG n DROP files/folders to Hard Drive?

This is Windows we run here.

Mac Forums | Apple, iPod, iPhone Discussions

That is where the Mac fanboys hangout. As far as windows acting like a Mac. It probably never will. Windows isnt a toy like Leopard. When I drag a folder somewhere I do so to change its location not to start opening subfolders. Why would you want it to?

Windows dosent act like a Mac because it isnt.

Besides in windows we can right click.

Cut paste.

Again Windows is not a toy.

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Re: The two Vista x64 "Program Files" folders.

I usually don't install programs in the OS drive (C:\). In XP I always created a Program Files folder in D:\

On my new PC w/ Vista Hm Prem x64 there are, of course, 2 separate Program Files folders in C:\.

I've only installed one or 2 small prgms on it & they (so far) seemed to automatically select the folder for 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit folder in C:\.

Question: Will creating 2 Program Files folders on D:\ (naming one "Program Files (x86)" be of any value? Other than if I know some prgms are 64 bit & just want to put them in a separate folder?

OR... are the 2 Prog Files folders only of value or serve some function when in the OS C:\ drive (as far as Windows or the prgms running are concerned)?

Thanks.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_Files

On 64-bit versions of Windows, there are two folder for application files; the %ProgramFiles% folder contains 64-bit programs, and the %ProgramFiles(x86)% folder (called "\Program Files (x86)" on US-English systems) contains 32-bit programs. On Windows NT-based operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, etc), the Program Files folders are protected, meaning that only Administrators can change its contents; while this is a more secure solution, it does mean that programs which were accustomed to running as administrator and creating logs or other files in the folder containing the application can not do so when the user is not an adm... Read more

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After reinstalling windows on my hard drive a few months ago, I found that the text on all the folders and files in my C drive has goen white! So they are invisible, except when selected.

The files and folders also appear this way when browsed over the network.

Files and folders in any other location other than C:\ are unaffected.

New files or folders created in C:\ are affected.

See image below:

Anyone seen this before? Anyone have a cure? I've been living with it for months. Eventually I will reformat.
 

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Have Dell Inspiron 560 ST PC.Win 7 Pro, RAM 4Gb. Recently crashed, fixed by Dell Tech Support and would like to preserve OS so I can re install should there be another crash in the future.Processors - Intel Coreduo E7500; Hard Drive - 750GB Serial ATA Hard Drive

Answer:Back Up OS,all files all folders to Hitachi Single Drive

Windows 7 has built in backup utilities. Go to Control Panel> Backup & Restore. Easiest method is to use an External hard drive to backup to. You can perform a manual backup when you want to or set a schedule.

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I have a Maxtor External Drive, which I have set to back up all my work on a daily basis.
For some reason the drive is full, and it says the backups have failed. I am trying to delete all of the folders and start from scatch.
Hoever, I keep getting an error code (0x80070091) which says I can't delete that folder. I have tried stating in Safe Mode, but still can't delete. I don't want to format the drive as there isbackup softawre on it which I would lose.
If I drag the folder across to my desktop it copies and I can delete it from there. But the original stays on the external drive.
Is there any way I can delete these folders, and I.m sure thyere is a way of "Moving" and not copying to my desktop the original folder, and then delete from there.
Many thanx
DD

Answer:can't delete folders/files on External backup drive

Forgot to mention , running Windows 7

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Hello! I have external Samsung G3 USB station. I had two different partitions: one 'primary' (just for files) and one 'logical' (for files also). All the time I use WinXP, Linux and Vista on different computers mostly. Everything was fine... But when I bought a brand new DVD with Win7 and installed on my brand new laptop the strange things became. Now I?ll try to define my problem as much as possible clearly and accurately.
My laptop (with Win7) shows that 'logical' drive but when I go in there I can't see my folders and files (they are not hidden of course!).
In properties I can see that these files ARE there (I suppose that by the free and used space of that partition and I really know how GBs was there so in properties seems that anything is not lost).
When I connect drive to a different computer with let's say Vista it doesn't show these files also. Same with XP. But I can reach my files on Linux.
Another strange thing is that all the information in the other partition ('primary' drive) is accessible without any probs.
Now I copied all these files into Linux and used to format that partition (NTFS) and made it 'primary' also (I did it on Win7). So I have two ?primary? drives now. Then I brought all the information (from Linux) back into that drive (under my investigation). Everything was fine and I was so glad... till I restarted mtfk Computer
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I was having to unplug and reinsert my flash drive at every reboot to get my XP system to recognize my flash drive. This was keeping a lot of programs from autostarting like I desired.

Upon advice I used Device Manager to try to address apparent corruption by uninstalling the flash drive. When I reinstalled it, the large collection of files and folders had disappeared except a fraction of the Kingsoft PC Doctor folder.

What's the best way to recover those files and folders? Is recovery software the only option? If so, what are the best choices?

Operating System
Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit SP3
CPU
Intel Pentium 4
Northwood 0.13um Technology
RAM
2.00GB DDR @ 166MHz (2.5-3-3-7)
Motherboard
Dell Computer Corp. 0G1548 (Microprocessor)
Graphics
Default Monitor ([email protected])
Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (Dell)
Storage
74GB Seagate ST380011A (ATA) 28 C
3GB Lexar USB Flash Drive USB Device (USB)
119GB PNY USB 2.0 FD USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-252S
Audio
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Devi
 

Answer:What's best way to recover folders and files wiped off my flash drive?

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-data-recovery-file-undelete-utility.htm
Do not write any thing to the Flash until all has been recovered
Recuva seems to be popular around here
 

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Hi folks,

Wondering if there is a program I can use that will list the files on my drive with the largest ones at the top. So I can locate big AVI files, WAVs etc and prune crap I no longer need.

Many thanks,

Rikki
 

Answer:Finding / listing largest files/folders on drive

http://www.spillett.net/dirgraph/
http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/
are what Im currently fond of
but they are graphical not list
 

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So I formatted my system today and did a clean install of Windows 8 and now my USB storage drive says cannot access. I remember vaguely adding permissions or taking ownership to the files when I was on Win 7 but dont remember what it is I did exactly. I was trying to hide my files from other users who logged into my computer and I strongly believe that I took ownership of those files. Now I went to the security properties of the drive and took ownership of the files again and the files show/run. Question is how do I remove all the permissions or give away ownership to the files and drive so that anybody can see and use the files on the drive?

Basically if I format my PC again and when I browse my storage drive it shouldn't bug me for ownership or permissions. or if I put the drive in another PC it shouldn't ask for me for ownership/permissions. How do undo this?

Answer:Windows files, folders and drive ownership issues!

Hello wildgoat,

Using the tutorial below as a guide, you could add the Everyone group (if not already there), and set it's permissions to "Allow" "Full control" to let everyone have full access to it.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Even better, set the owner to be Everyone with Full Control.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,

Have a general problem with Win XP SP2, which prevents access to files in many applications and contexts.

I believe its possibly a registry corruption. In order to solve this problem I tried downloading Error Nuker. It responded part way through the install process with the following "Error 32: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process".

Many programs on my systems are behaving in the same way delivering a similar message. It appears they create/access a file but don't unlock it, for another process to access within the same application.

Another example: If I send myself a test message via Mozilla Thunderbird, I cannot access the sent folder until after I reboot.

Know nothing about the XP Registry, but am an experienced computer user.

Would very much appreciate any help on this continuing problem

David Hopkins
 

Answer:Files cannot be accessed

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Does Win 7 Home Premium maintain a log of shared files being accessed and which machine they were accessed from? I am getting tired of telling my users about new files being available, only to have them tell me they already know about them. If not, is there some third party app that can monitor the shared folders and create such a log?

Answer:Log of files accessed

Not sure if this is available on home premium but in Win7 Enterprise you can enable Auditing which records info in the event logs.

Right click the folder (or file) and go properties
go to security tab and click advanced
go to auditing tab and click Edit
Click Add.
Select object type and add objects (be it usernames, groups, everyone or specific computers). Click OK
Tick the boxes for events you want to record. Click OK
Tick the box to include/replace inheritable entries.
Click OK.OK.OK.

Check the event log on a periodic basis.

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I'm hoping someone can help me out.
I have an old hard drive with a ton of pictures and other irreplaceable files on it from a computer I had few years back. In case it makes any difference, the computer that hard drive originally was in ran Windows XP Pro.
I recently got a new computer, with Windows 7 and had the hard drive put into this new computer, along with the hard drive that came in the computer. I can get to the drive itself, but when I try to access folders or files, either access is denied or folders which should contain more folders, are empty. I have tried changing the permission and ownership options on the drive, but no luck.
Any tips or advice?

Answer:Old hard drive in new Windows 7 Computer but can't access files & folders

You need to take ownership of the files on your old hard drive ...this is a very common situation in all versions of Windows.

Windows 7 Take Ownership - http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

Louis

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I recently had to install Windows on another hard drive because of a problem on my previous drive. I can still access that drive from my new drive, but i need to recover important files/folders from my Outlook Express on the old drive. Right now i'm using the standard Outlook Express that comes with XP Pro, but if i remember correctly on the old drive i upgraded it to Microsoft Office 2003 Outlook...don't know if that matters...
 

Answer:Solved: How do i recover files/folders from Outlook Express on a different drive?

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Hi,My USB thumb drive seem to have been infected by a Trojan. All the file folders inside the said thumb drive have become short cuts and the file sizes have been all reduced to 1 or 2 kb. The exact error message which I had received when I tried to double click on the short cut is as follows: "Windows cannot find 'G:\RECYCLER\0xFFD12566.exe'. Make sure you type the name correctly, and then try again." However, the overall properties of the said thumbdrive showed that my files are all still inside the thumb drive but they were being hidden somewhere. I went to the folder options -> view -> and clicked on show all hidden files and unchecked the "hide empty drives", "hide extensions for known file types" and "hide protected operating system files", and I was able to see and access to all my documents. I then used 2 anti virus programs (1. Norton Anti Virus 2012 and 2. Spyware doctor with Anti Virus) to search for any viruses/trojans but to no avail. Both programs indicated that my computer (inclusive of the USB drive) are free from any threats.As such, I would like to enquire:1. Is my USB drive infected by any virus/trojans? 2. If yes, can I simply extract my documents/pictures from all the hidden folders, transferred them to a new drive and continue working with them? Will my new drive be infected as well?3. Is there any way to solve the problem without formatting my thumb drive? The documents are of utmost imp... Read more

Answer:File folders in USB thumb drive become shortcuts and files have gone missing

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about the Windows version you are using: What we in particular need to know is version, edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system. [/b]If you are unsure about any of these caracteristics, just let us know and we'll help you figuring it out. Please also tell us if you have your Windows CD/DVD handy.Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about y... Read more

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I found a notice on my computer that told me I had lost data at H... (my backup, external hard drive). I think there was a yellow triangle on my system tray to indicate this. As soon as I clicked on it, it was gone.There is now nothing in my backup, external hard drive except the names on the folders and files. All are empty.

So how do I copy all files and folders from My Documents to my H drive now? And is there anything else that I probably lost that I should copy also?Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Lost all files and folders on backup hard drive

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I have Windows XP and run Avast as my security tool. Yesterday while just browsing the internet my Avast tool started going crazy blocking things left and right and running programs in its 'sandbox'. I thought it was taken care of and then i started receiving pop ups of hard drive errors. I ran the typical hard drive tests with no problems and ran a virus scan but Avast was not finding anything. I rebooted only to find a large number of my files/folders missing (soem were very important documents and pictures)and the hard drive messages popping up quite frequently. The speed of the computer/internet has severly slowed as well.

I downloaded MalwareBytes and it found to files that i deleted. However, everytime i restart the computer and run MalwareBytes, it is still finding stuff.

How do I get rid of this hiddent worm,trojan,whatever it is for good so it wont be creeping back in?

Thanks,
nick

Answer:Hard Drive Error Messages and Missing Files/Folders

Hello and to BleepingComputer.Try running MBAM this way.Please download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4Before we begin, you should disable any anti-malware software you have installed so it does not interfere with RKill running. This is because some anti-malware software mistakenly detects RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how to disable your security software.Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed. If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next reply***************************************************Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareClick on the Update tab and click the button Check for UpdatesIf you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from http://data.mbamupdates.com/tools/mbam-rules.exe'>here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progr... Read more

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I was having to unplug and reinsert my flash drive at every reboot to get my xP system to recognize my flash drive. This was keeping a lot of programs from autostarting like I desired.

Upon advice I used Device Manager to try to address apparent corruption by uninstalling the flash drive. When I reinstalled it, the large collection of files and folders had disappeared except a fraction of the Kingsoft PC Doctor folder.

What's the best way to recover those files and folders? Is recovery software the only option? If so, what are the best choices?

Operating System
Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit SP3
CPU
Intel Pentium 4
Northwood 0.13um Technology
RAM
2.00GB DDR @ 166MHz (2.5-3-3-7)
Motherboard
Dell Computer Corp. 0G1548 (Microprocessor)
Graphics
Default Monitor ([email protected])
Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (Dell)
Storage
74GB Seagate ST380011A (ATA) 28 C
3GB Lexar USB Flash Drive USB Device (USB)
119GB PNY USB 2.0 FD USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-252S
Audio
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
 

Answer:What'sbest way to recover folders and files wiped off my flash drive?

Hopefully you will find something helpful HERE. Good luck!
 

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Having a problem with our second desktop computer. The CD-RW drive reads files/folders, but it no longer writes to disk. Says disk is full, but it isn't. We've tried different types of blank disks. No luck. It does copy burned music files to disk most of the time, but sometimes it doesn't, but the biggest problem is it won't copy files/folders of pictures or documents any longer. It seems to get confused when we switch from CD-RW disks to CD-R disks. It thinks it's still reading a CD-RW when it's not. Does it need drivers or need replacing? I do have a spare drive and have tried installing it, but was unable to get it to work. Where I bought it, they just said, hook it up and it should work. It's not that easy. What needs to be done to get a new optical drive to work? I believe it came with an installation CD, but if the new drive won't work, how can I run the disk? What can I do?

Answer:CD-RW drive reads files/folders, but it no longer writes to disk.

What is the make and model of the spare drive? You can usually download drivers from the manufacturer's site.If an optical drive constantly malfunctions, chances are it is at the end of its lifetime...

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Hi
This is my first post on this site.
My home computer is running Windows 7 - Home Premium 2009.  The computer is somewhat slow and the C and D drives are almost full.  In searching through the D drive I have found many files with padlocks which have strange names containing random letters and numbers (pic attached).  When I open these they contain eula, dll and data files.  I don't recall creating them and would like to delete them but when I try I get a message saying I need permission from the SYSTEM to make changes.
Can anyone please tell me what all these folders are and how I may be able to get rid of them?  Is this a malware problem?  Each one of these folders seems to take up from 7MB to 30MB of space.
Thanks
leez6666
 

Answer:D drive full of folders with padlocks containing eula, dll and data files

The Microsoft Community website explains why these files are locked and how to go about changing the permissions to access them.
 
Scroll down to Job Sam Varkey's post.

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I have an eMachine T3092 computer to which I added a Maxtor One Touch 160 gig drive, everything is out of warranty. OS = Win XP Pro w/ sp2.

Outline of problem: On 7/21 I left home with the computer and nanny cam on. Returned 2 hours later & found the following message on screen:

Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all of the data for the file
J: \SMft. (J drive = Maxtor) The data has been lost. The error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

I could not get access to this file to save it elsewhere. I could not get the Add/Remove Software list to populate. I couldn't do a system restore. I couldn't save anything to the J drive and the computer has been more than a little finicky ever since - very slow to open any/everything, insist I allow popups to open links on the web, or throws me off the internet - things like this. Anyway, tried everything I could think of to fix it, tried the things RoadRunner and eMachine suggested. Called Microsoft & pd them $59.00 to fix it and spent the entire week morning to night on the phone with them till they escalated the problem to the research team who told me that the problem is likely due to a surge, that 515K of data on the Maxtor is available to me, and that approx. 57 gigs of data is on the drive. They said I should take the drive to a local tech to have them use recovery tools to remove the data from the drive th... Read more

Answer:recovering files/folders from external Maxtor hard drive

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I need help wiping out 2nd HD to use for video file storage.
Is there an easy method without partitioning?
Using XP Home SP1.
Thank You!
 

Answer:Solved: A simple method to clear 2nd drive of files&folders?

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I recently got help with a malware problem on my laptop at this link Vista security 2011 virus help
everything seemed to be fine but then a couple days later i logged on and couldnt access any of my files. my desktop is usually crowded but i logged on to see nothing... i go under my computer and still no files. the disk space is still taken up and when i open up itunes under the start menu I can still play my music... so i know all of the files are still on my computer. i would appreciate any help/ advice on this matter before I go and do something stupid. by the way i am running under windows vista home premium.

Answer:Files still on computer but cannot be accessed

Did you add/delete/change your account or profile while cleaning your machine? It sounds like you may just need to take ownership of the files.

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how can I find out what files have been accessed on my computer between a certain time?

little brother is home while I'm at work, I came home halfway through my shift which never happens, the front door was locked (never happens, no one has a key), when I come through the back door I go to my room, find my light on, and my computer off, both oddities.

Any software, or simple XP ways of finding out? cause really I have no clue.
 

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I went directly from XP to Windows 7.

One of the options on the XP start menu was "Documents" which listed "My Documents" and "My Pictures" at the top (never used). Below that was the 10 most recently accessed files. The most recent files was extremely useful.

In the W7 navigation pane there is a "Documents" selection but it doesn't list the most recently accessed files.

How do I get a listing of my most recently accessed files added to the W7 start menu or taskbar?

Thanks for any help on this.

Answer:Most Recently Accessed Files

Right click on taskbar go to properties start menu tab then hit the customize button look for Recent items check it hit OK & apply will be in the start menu
Jerry

Edit: & check the box for "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar"

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Sir

I think due to wireless connection i have got some problem with my laptop it is affected by some virus and all files and folders are looking like hidden folders and my antivirus detects this w32/pitin.worm. this worm change the extension of the file and make it .scr

here is hijeck this log and dss main.txt is attached with the msg.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:55:58 AM, on 2/13/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
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:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QlbCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\hpq\HP Wireless Assistant\HP Wireless Assistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Huawei\MT841\dslagent.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6145\SiteAdv.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BTTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Pavilion Webcam\tsnp2std.exe
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Answer:all files & folders are looking like hidden files & folders & w32/pitin.worm

You have posted four different logs since the end of October,2007, here, here, here and here (where you also stated that your copy of XP is not not genuine). Also, each log appears to be from a different machine. This would amount to the abuse of the free service given in the forums. Please be informed that these threads will now be closed. Please do not try to start a new thread.

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Hi, I have a cloned hard drive of my home PC in a caddy which I'm trying to access (USB) from my work PC. But it's telling me I don't have permission to access files or folders.

Edit- sorted individual folders but not contained files so it would be useful to know how to apply changes to the file tree. I had to find different user options, 'Administrator', 'Everyone' etc, from right click-properties-security-advanced-change-advanced-'find now' option rather than trying to type them in.

Anyone know how to apply this change to the file tree under a drive letter, or even under 'documents' would be useful. Also I assume I would have to change permissions again if I ever needed to put this clone back into my home PC? (I created it as a quick change backup, but perhaps also trying to use it like a large memory stick to take files to work isn't going to be worth the bother.) Thanks.

Answer:Permissions to access cloned hard drive files and folders denied

I found the earlier post by Tully -'Can't delete folder', with a similar permissions problem, and followed the steps in the reply by CountMike which included 'select a principal'. This appeared to work until it repeatedly came up with the error message, 'failed to enumerate objects in container' regarding different files.

Edit: going back to my previous route as in my first post I found the 'replace owner on subcontainer and objects' box which only appears after you've done one of the 'OK' stages; useful. This gave me access to folders but not indivisual files, I had to go through the process again for a file.

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I am trying this as a normal delete and the system has said it will take more than one day. The files are from the time before a clean install and a defunct Windows account of a different name from the previous installation.

Is there a speedier process without need for drastic measures like formatting, please?

Answer:Remove files and folders in File History backed to my external drive

format is a few second away but you can try to bypass the recicle bin

press shift + del after selecting the folder

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I am trying this as a normal delete and the system has said it will take more than one day. The files are from the time before a clean install and a defunct Windows account of a different name from the previous installation.

Is there a speedier process without need for drastic measures like formatting, please?

Answer:Remove files and folders in File History backed to my external drive

format is a few second away but you can try to bypass the recicle bin

press shift + del after selecting the folder

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Right now, on my external hard drive I have all but 3 folders on it windows thinks are system files.

How do I know? Because if I go to tools>folders and check "Hide protected system operating files" it will hide them all. If I click it, they are shown, but the folder icon looks different, it is a translucent color, compared to the three other folders which aren't. If I right click one of the translucent folders and go to properties, read only at the bottom is checked and the hidden box is shown checked, but it is greyed out I can't change it.

Answer:Windows thinks all but 3 folders on my external hard drive are system files

Try this:

Connect the drive, click Start, Run and type cmd /k .

Then type attrib -h -s D:\*.* /S /D (where D: is the external drive letter).

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