How can I access folders in my external hard drive which suddenly have shortcut signs over them?
delete all the shortcuts
open command prompt
navigate to the folder
then lauch the command 'attrib -s -h /s /d'
hope that helps
It very much does Irshad Abdool. Copying and pasting all 200GB of data would have taken me a whole day.
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.
how can i access folders in my external hard drive
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 http://techstrick.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-solve-folders-showing-as.html
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.
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:
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
you can also download these two files then extract and click on them
you can try the following from winhelponline