How can I access my folders that have suddenly turned into shortcuts?

Bruce Obed January 6, 2012

How can I access folders in my external hard drive which suddenly have shortcut signs over them?

  1. Irshaad Abdool
    July 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    delete all the shortcuts
    open command prompt
    navigate to the folder
    then lauch the command 'attrib -s -h /s /d'

    hope that helps

    • Kollyx
      July 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      It very much does Irshad Abdool. Copying and pasting all 200GB of data would have taken me a whole day.


    • gabby
      September 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

      what is supposed to happen after putting in the command? i look in the folders and there is still nothing there. however, my shortcuts have always said 2KB. does that mean there is nothing in there? i have thousands of pictures lost due to my files on the external turning into shortcuts.

  2. martina
    May 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

    how can i access folders in my external hard drive

  3. 5h@r!f
    February 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I will go with FIDELIS as it is possible to use a software to reset folder's attributes and thus get back the folders from hidden (system). But I think it's better to know/use the single command 
    line of Windows which is perfectly discussed at
    Because software may not available when it's needed.
    After getting back the folders you should scan the drive by a updated Anti-virus and delete the shortcuts.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Hello, did you install a new program where you had to change extensions before this happened?  Most times this can be solved by fixing the associations.  What kind of files do you have in your external drive?  Have you scan your drive for viruses?  To fix the association for lnk, visit sites posted in links and download the lnk fix:

    windows 7:



  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

    1. Go to control Panel, Folder Options -- select VIEW--- select Show hidden 
    files and folders and uncheck Hide protected operating system files 
    (recommended)  click APPLY
    2. go to your external hard drive  delete the virus and all the shortcut folders that have 
    no data in them. create new folders (give the same name as your normal non infected hidden folders) and copy the data from YOUR hidden folders 
    into them. once that is done delete the old hidden folders.
    3. enter task manager--- find the virus program that is still running which will 
    have the same name as the one you just deleted off the hard drive
    4. go back to control panel, Folder options select view- select DO 
    NOT show hidden files and folders and recheck Hide protected operating system 
    files (recommended).

    you can also download these two files then extract and click on them
    you can try the following from winhelponline

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