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Cannot see old jpg files

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#1 gwb51


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:02 AM

Strange problem. Removed harddrive from old Win 7 laptop. Put it in a case to use as an external USB drive. Wanted to save pix to newer Win 8 Dell laptop. When plugged into the Win 8 Dell LT I can see the drive. Under Users, I can only see the Public files, my area does not show up. 


When I plug the drive into my Win 7 desktop I can see all Users. Under my area I can access all the files including the pictures in My Pictures. However, they appear "ghosted" - pale. Yet, I can open them with Windows or Paintshop and they look fine. Nothing that I've tried allows me to view these on the Win 8 laptop. I've tried burning them to a CD. I can see them in Win 7 DT, but they do not show up on the Win 8 LT. I've transferred them via my network to the Win 8 LT. I can see from the DT installed on the LT, but I cannot see them on LT. 


Any thoughts would be helpful. 


BTW: I did transfer some to my Google Drive and share them with the LT. I can see them online. 

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:25 AM

Normally a ghosted folder or file indicates a Hidden and or System File. When attached to the Windows 7 computer right click a folder that is ghosted and select Properties. Under Attribute. See if it is listed as Hidden. If it is you can unhide any System or Hidden folders and files. Type CMD in the Search box and Right click Run as Adminstrator. You can copy and past the following command.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*

Where X is the drive letter of your external drive. Make sure this is your external drive as you do no want to do this to your system drive. Once this is done, you should be able to see them on the Windows 8 computer but you may get an accessed denied message. If that happens then you would need to take ownership of the drive.

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