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USB Memory Stick Not Showing Text Files

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#1 NathanUK


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 11:26 AM


My USB Flash Drive as stopped showing Notepad or Word files with text on. Other files like Video or Audio work fine.

Can anyone please help.

Many thanks

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#2 gamla7


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 05:52 PM

What do you exactly mean by 'stopped showing' ?  Can you also mention the name and version of software you are using when the mentioned 'event' occurred ?  Especially the details of the explorer software you used to explore the content of the Flash Drive ? A particular setting may exclude all files *.txt from the result.


Addicted to my portable T42 [xp] and a Desk PC with mobo Asus P5WD2 E PREMIUM [vista] - both operational in older OS but want to add both onto Linux.  All my application software works perfect in the XP environment. 

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 08:20 AM

Hello NathanUK, 
As gamla7 suggested, we need to have a bit more information in order to help with a more specific advise. What is the file system you're using, did you remove the flash drive without ejecting or while in use? I'd say - try to copy any of the text files on your PC or on another drive. Do they open and read properly? If those files don't show at all try this: 
1. Open a new text document in the flash drive 
2. Enter the following code in the text document: 
@echo off 
attrib -s -h -r /s /d 
3. Click File - Save as 
4. Save it as "unhide.bat" 
5. Close and delete the new text document 
6. Double click on the "unhide" batch file 
7. A black command screen will pop up and close 
If that doesn't work maybe your files system has been corrupt and you can try either by using Linux Live CD/ USB or a data recovery software. 
Hope that was helpful, Citizen_WD

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