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There are folders hidden in my maxtor external harddrive. how can i unhide the folders

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At the top of the window, click on "tools" , then "folder options" , then click on the "view" tab. Then look for a check box that says "show hidden files and folders". Then click "apply"

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OK you harddrive is infected with Malware. This Malware creats shortcuts of each folder and Hide the all those your main folder.
You can scan your Hardrive with fully updated Anti Virus apllication .

To see all your original folder you can enable your Shown hidden File option from your Folder option--View--uncheck show hidden files and folder--and uncheck hide protected operating system files.

Here is the step to unhide your all files and folder in one go.
Step 1:

Click on the below link and download the file "AutorunExterminator"

Extract it --> Double-click on "AutorunExterminator" --> Plug your Hard drive now.

This will remove the autorun.inf files from your flash drive and also from drives.

Step 2:

Click on "Start" -->Run --> type cmd and click on OK.

Here I assume your flash drive letter as G:

Enter this command.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*

You can copy the above command --> Right-click in the Command Prompt and

paste it.

Note : Don't forget to replace the letter g with your flash drive letter.

Now press "Enter".

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I have a Verbatim external hard says that I only have 2.4 gigs available but there is nothing on the drive that I can do I wipe it clean and start over? I am using a brand new Macbook...

The problem with using these external hard drives or flashdrives, they're easily infected with viruses. Some forms of virus infections among flash drives and hard drives are the following: hides your files and folders, creates exe file extensions of your files and even corrupt your files. And later on infecting your PC.

1. Sometimes this infection can be solved by:

  • Going to Windows Explorer
  • Tools menu
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  • View Tab
  • Choose "show Hidden Files and Folders".
  • If the files will show up, simply change the properties of the files/folders. Uncheck the "hidden" checkbox and the files will show again just like before.

2. If the above doesn't work, and your files are still hidden, do this one that will surely work.

  • Go to the command prompt.
  • Go to the drive where your hidden files are located.
  • Type the following: attrib -s -h /s /d *.* (this will unhide all your files that have been hidden by the virus) i.e. I:\> attrib -s -h /s /d *.*

There you go, a quick and easy way on how to unhide hidden files caused by a virus in your computer.

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