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Hidden files and folders

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#1 Pozzydrive


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:26 AM


I recently read and followed the instructions in a topic placed on the net by someone from bleeping computers. First off thank you it helped solve the problem on my first memory stick. Ok, I understand the following information is required. My laptop runs windows XP, service pack 3. Past issues; I once had a virus or trojan whatever its called on my memory stick, that hid my files and folders. This was about two years ago. I resolved the virus/trojan problems along with similar issues on my PC and laptops, and to date I no longer have any of these problems. However I still have hidden files and folders on my memory sticks and have never bothered to do any thing about it as I could unhide them under windows folder options. Recently I got to thinking about them being hidden and decided they needed attention, so I trawled the net and found the answer from a post on a bleeping computer forum. The answer was to open the command prompt and put in E:\>attrib.exe -r -s -h /s /d E:\ *.* "E" being the drive letter. As mentioned earlier this worked fine on my first memory stick, but not on the second stick. What did happen on the second stick was that on pressing enter it stated 'E:\' is not recognised as a an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Can someone tell me whats happened to prevent this from working, have I done something wrong e.g. entered the wrong code. Please note the memory sticks are not infected, they have been checked and even reformatted as well. Also the 'E:\' the memory stick drive letter is preceded and followed by a comma after having pressed return in the command prompt, this never happened the first time. I have even tried changing the drive letter of the memory stick and doing the same in the code, to no avail.



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Posted 10 August 2011 - 10:04 PM

E:\>attrib.exe -r -s -h /s /d E:\ *.*
This is incorrect command.
Command should start with "attrib" not something else (E:\>)
Switches go at the end.
Correct command:
attrib -r -s -h e:\*.* /s /d

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