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Files not showing up when I connect external hard drive to my laptop


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#1 computergeek522

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:58 AM

I'm having an odd problem.  I'm not sure what caused it, really, but...it's driving me nuts.  I suppose for some people, it wouldn't be a "problem", per se, but because I can't figure this out, it's a problem for me.  *L*

 

Anyway.  I have an external hard drive that I keep connected to my standalone DVD player.  This way, I can watch all the movies/TV shows I have downloaded onto my drive.  Recently, I had to format my external HD, and when it was done I loaded all my files back onto it.  And that's when I noticed the issue.

 

It looks like files got onto the drive that I wouldn't have wanted on there.  I mean, I didn't transfer them onto it.  And so I figured, well, no problem, I'll just connect the drive to my laptop and delete the files I don't want.  (They're mostly pictures and stuff, things that are basically just taking up room on the drive that I could use for other things.)

 

The problem is that, when I connect the drive to my laptop, the files I want to delete don't show up.  o_O  All of my video files show up no problem...just nothing else.  Which, as you can imagine, creates a problem for me in terms of deleting the unwanted files.  And I have no idea how to make them show up.

 

Does anyone have any ideas? I'd appreciate any help.  :)


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

I would search the drive for files *.* or even * to see if the ghost files are somewhere that you don't expect.  Are there missing MB on the drive capacity (files + freespace should equal capacity)?

 

Does the DVD player show the files in some sort of menu system?  What file tree path are the ghost files on?   Same as the videos?



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:59 AM

I searched the external drive for files with a .jpeg extension, since some of the files that show up when the drive is connected to the DVD player are photos.  Nothing comes back as a result of the search.  o_O

 

I am completely stumped.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

Use the following to search all drives for aforementioned files, please.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/everything-desktop-search/

 

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