Why are folders on external hard drives and other flash drives not showing?

Morne van Heerden December 3, 2012

My folders on my external hard drive and all external drives are hidden. Scanned them all for viruses, tried the “show hidden files” option in explorer and the Run > “cmd” > drive name and the attrib option, with no luck.

I can see my folders in the side bar, but not in Explorer! Any help is highly appreciated with regards to my problem.


  1. Morne van Heerden
    February 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Basically i just reset my folders in Folder options>View>Reset folders and it showed again.

    Thanks for all the help though.

  2. josemon maliakal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    it can happen due to a visrus attack..go to folder options and unmark 'hide system protected files ' will work

  3. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Your computer infect virus. you can download Kaspersky removal remove it.

  4. Rohit Pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    your computer has been infected by virus...your C drive working propely but External drive not showing Folder & files.
    1. Download Agent Ransack Software & install.
    2.put your Drive Name in Agent Ransack and search.
    3.your folder & files will Shows. & open your folder and copy files in other place(removable disk)......NOTE -Dont copy folder becoz folder will not show in other place...

  5. Rohit Pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  6. Jim Chambers
    December 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Boot computer from a live Linux DVD such as Mint and try to access your xHDD and flashdrive folders

  7. Douglas Mutay
    December 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Try to open your HDD in Linux environment and see if you can get them back. Then format your HDD as your file system might be corrupted.

    • Morne van Heerden
      December 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I can access my files on my external HHD on another computer just fine.

      I've discovered this morning the all my folders in My Computer are hidden, i can access them in the left pane but they don't show in explorer.

      It can't be a virus because i can access my folders in my library just fine.

      • Douglas Mutay
        December 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

        Try this: Open my computer and go to "tool" menu. Select folder option, and on view tab activate the "show hidden files and folders". When done select all these hidden file and change their properties by removing the 'hidden' option.
        But most of the time this happen due to a virus or malware infection.

        • Morne van Heerden
          January 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

          Just want to let you know my problem is solve. I reset my folders in the folder options and everything showed again.

  8. ha14
    December 3, 2012 at 4:35 am

    perhaps they are hidden
    on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and launch with administrative rights.
    if your hard drive as G:
    Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
    Then check if your real files will be shown

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