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Lost all files from system drive?

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#1 ComputerJoe2


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Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

This is an odd one. After pulling the win7 HDD and doing virus and malware scans I copied my "tool box" folder over to the root. Tool box contains installable Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes, Spybot, and MS security Essientials as well as other tools. So I put the HDD back into its computer and boot win7 to safe mode with networking. When browsing to c:\ToolBox I noticed that tool box was the only folder showing...ah WTH I installed the apps and ran them. Found a few more things & removed. Restarted in normal mode and installed adaware and Security Essientials. AdAware ran fine but Security Essientials was taking forever to complete so I aborted.

Now I turned to my problem of not seeing any files on C even though My Computer showed that it had 50 gig on it. I just finished taking ownership of the C: and got messages that I could not take ownership of pagefile.sys and Hiberfil.sys so I KNOW there are files there...heck windows boots and there are no windows files on any of the hard drives or partitions!

Any ideas folks???

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#2 boopme


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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:34 PM

Hello,I moved this from WIN7 to Am I Infected.

This infection family will also hide all the files on your computer from being seen. To make your files visible again, please download the following program to your desktop:


Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.

Next run Malwarebytes

Edited by boopme, 26 May 2011 - 08:35 PM.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:55 AM

Thank you very much for the Unhide link. I was having the exact same problem and this was an easy fix.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 06:01 AM

Why dosen't windows security "unhide" the files?
Is it because it was written by MicroSoft and is corrupted so it can't?
The permissions show that I have "full" which would include reading/seeing but I guess not hidden files.
Is there still an attrib command?
answered my own question...YES there is!
should do it as well.

mchuff has this exact same problem as well.

I could only run cmd.exe by specifing the entire path to it.
Then I [cd \] dir showed nothing but the new files I copied to it.
then [cd \windows]
bang I'm in c:\windows and can dir all the files...I think
cd [system32]
bang I'm in c:\windows\system32 and can dir the files there.

Edited by ComputerJoe2, 27 May 2011 - 06:20 AM.

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