Why can the files on my external drive not be seen?

pankaj November 18, 2014
Ads by Google

I have a problem with my external (2TB) hard drive. I saved some school documents on my drive. When I got to the school computer to copy my home task, I copied & pasted, then I noticed all my folders went missing, except ones that were not in the folder. I still have my used memory, but can’t see my folders. Please help me!

I ran CMD and try to H:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d i:*.* but got:
Access denied – I: \autorun.inf I:\Thumbs.db

What should I do? When I check the drive’s properties it shows almost 7.gb data saved, despite me being unable to see any files!

Please give advice soon,


  1. ha14
    November 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    attrib -h -r -s /s /d i:*.*

    never tried this myself


  2. Jan F.
    November 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Make sure you are running the command from an elevated command prompt
    Search for cmd in the start menu
    right-click "Run as administrator" on the cmd.exe

    I would also suggest to scan the external drive (as well as your system) with an up to date anti-virus. School computers allowing free access to USB connected devices are always vulnerable to get and spread infections ~ some which may very well hide your drives content.