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#1 Phil B.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 04:45 PM

I have an external hard drive partitioned into 3 partitions. In one of the partitions I have a folder that has my video files in multiple folders. I can access the main folder but no other folders show under that folder although they are there. When I check the properties of the Partition it shows the space being used not empty.

Is there any way that I can have these video folders show under the My Video Files main Folder? Any help appreciated. I know they are there and I would hate to lose them.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 04:46 PM

Windows 95
Open My Computer.

Select the View menu and click Options.

Select the View Tab.

Select the Show all files Radio Button.

Click OK.

Windows 98
Open My Computer.

Select the View menu and click Folder Options.

Select the View Tab.

In the Hidden files section select Show all files.

Click OK.

Windows ME
Open My Computer.

Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.

Select the View Tab.

Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.

Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.

Click Yes to confirm.

Click OK.

Click Start, Programs and Accessories and open Windows Explorer.

Select a hard drive from the left hand side of the Windows Explorer window.

Select View the Entire contents of this drive.

Windows 2000
Open My Computer.

Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.

Select the View Tab.

Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.

Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.

Click Yes to confirm.

Click OK.

Windows XP
Click Start.

Open My Computer.

Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.

Select the View Tab.

Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.

Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.

Click Yes to confirm.

Click OK.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 05:06 PM

Siggyman,

Thanks for the quick response. Tried your suggestion to no avail. Still cannot access the folders or files in the folders.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 05:14 PM

1.Do you still have acsess to these files anywhere else? If so open them and save them some where else

2.To find one try and Right Click Start->Search searc hfor a video file and try to find its location
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:10 PM

Siggyman,

I have a few of the folders converted to DVDs but not all. File types within sub folders are Winamp media files.

Using a DOS command that I remembered it shows as a directory. Could not print contents of directory. Could be that I did not do it right.


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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:12 PM

Did you try searching for the file
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:27 PM

Siggyman,

Yes, I tried searching for a folder and for a file. Nothing found.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:19 PM

Have you checked your Recyclying ben for the files

If still no luck then I am afraid that you might just be out off luck Your computer may be saying the folder is used because all folders have invisble system Files running on them that would take up space. Unless I am missing anything and anybody eles has somthing to say.
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:46 AM

I suspect that these files are "lost" because the system doesn't recognize them. This can be caused by system glitches (the files are still there, but the system can't see them) or file glitches (the files aren't there, so the system can't see them).

I'd suggest using this free tool to see if you can recover them that way: http://www.pcinspector.de

BTW - if the files "aren't there", the system will see that space as being free - and will use it whenever it pleases for background operations. Luckily this is not the primary boot drive (presumed from your description) - so overwriting is not as likely. But still, you want to minimize the activity on that disk (and on the system) to maximize the chances of recovering these files.

In other words, don't use the system for anything else until you try the recovery tool.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 09:52 AM

I I'd suggest using this free tool to see if you can recover them that way: http://www.pcinspector.de

BTW - if the files "aren't there", the system will see that space as being free - and will use it whenever it pleases for background operations. Luckily this is not the primary boot drive (presumed from your description) - so overwriting is not as likely. But still, you want to minimize the activity on that disk (and on the system) to maximize the chances of recovering these files.

In other words, don't use the system for anything else until you try the recovery tool.



Thanks for the help. Was able to see the folders & files using PCinspector. Copied them to another drive. Still missing files in 5 folders. Three of the folders I had converted to DVDs already. Can convert the other two folders from VCR tape.

Thanks for the help. Now all I need to do is find out how to reclaim the space in the Partition. Again, any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:09 PM

Once you've recovered everything, you can use many different utilities to re-partition and re-format the hard drive. The easiest is a DOS boot disk with the FDISK and FORMAT commands (available for free at http://www.bootdisk.com/ )
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 08:34 AM

Once you've recovered everything, you can use many different utilities to re-partition and re-format the hard drive. The easiest is a DOS boot disk with the FDISK and FORMAT commands (available for free at http://www.bootdisk.com/ )



Have almost everything recovered. Need to convert the VCR tapes . Drive with the problem has 3 partitions with the problem in only one partition. The other two partitions are fine. Would like to format only the partition wit the problem. Can format only 1 of the 3 partitions?

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 09:56 AM

Yes, since each partition is assigned it's own drive letter, just format the drive that you want formatted.

CAUTION!!! Be very, very careful with this step! I did this once (to recover my system with an image) - and formatted the image partition rather than the system disk! Lost everything and couldn't even recover the image with a recovery program!

Check each drive (if in DOS) to ensure that you know which one is the one that you want to format. Drive assignments may be different in DOS than they are in Windows (that's what caused my problem).
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:41 PM

Formatted, checked disk and all is well. Thanks to all of you who responded to my posts.

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