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My pen drive has the data but not showing, but i can access from DOS

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September 23, 2011 6:31:58 PM

My 4GB pendrive has 3.75GB of data. When I see in Mycomputer it is showing the used space as 3.75GB. But no files are visible. Even after I have selected the "View all files and folders" from Tools->Folder Options. I tried to open it from DOS operating system. There also it is not showing any thing. I remember some files and folder names. So, I typed a command CD and I have given the folder name what I remembered. Then it has changed the directory successfully. And has shown all the data in the directory.

By that I was able to recover what I remembered only. But I need the full amount of data.

Please Help me?

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September 23, 2011 8:08:10 PM

chshyam20 said:
My 4GB pendrive has 3.75GB of data. When I see in Mycomputer it is showing the used space as 3.75GB. But no files are visible. Even after I have selected the "View all files and folders" from Tools->Folder Options. I tried to open it from DOS operating system. There also it is not showing any thing. I remember some files and folder names. So, I typed a command CD and I have given the folder name what I remembered. Then it has changed the directory successfully. And has shown all the data in the directory.

By that I was able to recover what I remembered only. But I need the full amount of data.

Please Help me?



While in DOS did you do a dir on the drive ? Then CD on those directories and dir to see what sub directories exist ?
also:
SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT ( well it is not necessary but you should ), goto command prompt and write these commands.

1. dir/ah ( list all hidden file/dir )
2. attrib -h -s -r -a *.* ( will make all of your file/dir visible )

go and find all your file/directories using Windows Explorer, copy wherever you want.

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September 25, 2011 10:30:18 AM

I did DIR on the drive. But no files were visible.
You have suggested me to work those two commands at command prompt.

When I tried dir/ah , it has worked i.e., it has shown the folders.

But the second command attrib -h -s -r -a *.*, the message is showing like this :

File not found - *.*

Please let me know the solution for this....
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September 25, 2011 1:12:26 PM

chshyam20 said:
I did DIR on the drive. But no files were visible.
You have suggested me to work those two commands at command prompt.

When I tried dir/ah , it has worked i.e., it has shown the folders.

But the second command attrib -h -s -r -a *.*, the message is showing like this :

File not found - *.*

Please let me know the solution for this....


Command support varies based on DOS version running. you may have to put drive and path in front of *.*

attrib -h -s -r -a F:\foldername\*.* (for example)

To be sure, type: attrib /? to get the correct parameters available
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September 25, 2011 1:22:26 PM

Thank you very much ksiemb.....
It works. Have a great day.
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September 25, 2011 1:33:56 PM

chshyam20 said:
Thank you very much ksiemb.....
It works. Have a great day.


Ok, Glad it helped you.
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September 29, 2011 1:49:36 PM

Best answer selected by chshyam20.
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January 29, 2012 5:59:20 AM

ksiemb said:
While in DOS did you do a dir on the drive ? Then CD on those directories and dir to see what sub directories exist ?
also:
SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT ( well it is not necessary but you should ), goto command prompt and write these commands.

1. dir/ah ( list all hidden file/dir )
2. attrib -h -s -r -a *.* ( will make all of your file/dir visible )

go and find all your file/directories using Windows Explorer, copy wherever you want.




Thanks it works for me..
i never thought i should look for hidden folders :D 
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April 29, 2012 3:00:05 PM

ksiemb said:
Ok, Glad it helped you.



can we make all pen drive folders visible by single command, if we don't the name of folders we have in pen drive?
because, i have 3-4 folders in my pen drive, but i forgot their names, so can i make them visible?
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April 29, 2012 6:41:40 PM

mdquasim said:
can we make all pen drive folders visible by single command, if we don't the name of folders we have in pen drive?
because, i have 3-4 folders in my pen drive, but i forgot their names, so can i make them visible?

This assumes g is the pen drive letter - Unhides all files on g:

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
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April 30, 2012 5:12:58 AM

ksiemb said:
This assumes g is the pen drive letter - Unhides all files on g:

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



Thank yew so much dear.. :) 
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April 30, 2012 5:21:42 AM

Its not working.. :( 
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May 28, 2012 11:54:40 PM

i am also having the same problem ,i have done all the steps but still it's not visible. and it is not showing any error also.Can any one help me Plz ?
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September 10, 2012 12:19:15 PM

ksiemb said:
This assumes g is the pen drive letter - Unhides all files on g:

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


thank yo verymuch it works....... :bounce:  :bounce:  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D 
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September 18, 2012 4:13:36 PM

ksiemb said:
While in DOS did you do a dir on the drive ? Then CD on those directories and dir to see what sub directories exist ?
also:
SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT ( well it is not necessary but you should ), goto command prompt and write these commands.

1. dir/ah ( list all hidden file/dir )
2. attrib -h -s -r -a *.* ( will make all of your file/dir visible )

go and find all your file/directories using Windows Explorer, copy wherever you want.



Thank you, your solution has worked
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October 7, 2012 7:22:29 AM

ksiemb said:
Command support varies based on DOS version running. you may have to put drive and path in front of *.*

attrib -h -s -r -a F:\foldername\*.* (for example)

To be sure, type: attrib /? to get the correct parameters available




Hi, I'm facing the same problem & I tried to do what you suggested but I'm getting the following message:

Parameter format not correct -

My pen drive is G:. In DOS, I went to G: first & then typed in the syntax you suggested. Am I doing it right?

My screen looked like this before I hit enter:
G:\>attrib -h -s -r -a G:\Aman's Data\*.*


The drive is showing fewer files but lots memory used, but I can't see any files. :-(
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October 7, 2012 8:18:58 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

You may not get too many replies when posting into an old thread, particularly one marked Solved but I suggest you use the CHDIR command at the command prompt
to navigate to your folder Aman's Data first and then apply the attrib command. There's no need for the > symbol - just leave a space after atttrib then go straight into -h etc. That way, there's no need to specify the folder name in the attrib command.

Any doubts, there's always the Help command - attrib /? - so show you all the available options.


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October 10, 2012 3:27:39 PM

chshyam20 said:
My 4GB pendrive has 3.75GB of data. When I see in Mycomputer it is showing the used space as 3.75GB. But no files are visible. Even after I have selected the "View all files and folders" from Tools->Folder Options. I tried to open it from DOS operating system. There also it is not showing any thing. I remember some files and folder names. So, I typed a command CD and I have given the folder name what I remembered. Then it has changed the directory successfully. And has shown all the data in the directory.

By that I was able to recover what I remembered only. But I need the full amount of data.

Please Help me?


hai friend try this

1. Right click on Pen drive/Flash drive.
2. Choose "Add to Archive" and browse to your Hard disc.
3. After Archiving open the .rar file, now you can see the files which were in the pen drive.
4. Now you can extract the files to the Hard disc. Remember that you cannot extract FOLDER from the .rar file.

www.fb.com/maybabyx

Thankx
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November 3, 2012 4:07:36 PM

Hello sir,

i am karthik
i am facing a trouble, in formatting my pen drive(Kingston 4GB).
i am getting a mess displayed as your "pen drive is write protected unable to format"
i had tried a process like type "regedit" in cmd
and to change value of writeprotect to 0
but still it is not working :( 

pls mail the solution to pkarthik90@gmail.com
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November 24, 2012 4:33:49 AM

maybabyx said:
hai friend try this

1. Right click on Pen drive/Flash drive.
2. Choose "Add to Archive" and browse to your Hard disc.
3. After Archiving open the .rar file, now you can see the files which were in the pen drive.
4. Now you can extract the files to the Hard disc. Remember that you cannot extract FOLDER from the .rar file.

www.fb.com/maybabyx

Thankx


hey,
it helped me i took all above processes but yours was the best and easy and cool .
continue helping others
by the way i have one more , that is
how to unlock micro sd card otherthen s60 and fxplorer ,
i get it locked automatically some day and from that day i unable to unlock it on my x201 nokia,
its not reading some phones also,
i have an important data on it and i safely want to unlock it.
help appreciated.
thank u for the above suggestions. continue...........................................................................................
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December 21, 2012 1:27:07 AM

ksiemb said:
Ok, Glad it helped you.



Hello ,
My pendrive has the data but not showing How can i access in Wndow 7 ?
In my pen drive their are my more than 5 Gb data but when i open it shown Empty ! pls tell me the solution pls
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January 4, 2013 1:24:47 PM

Jazak Allah Brother.
Have a Peaceful Day. :) 
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February 11, 2013 6:51:16 AM

dear... while execute this command attrib -r -a -s -h *.* in command prompt it doesn't show any thing.. some times it shows F:\>
F:\>attrib-h-s-r-a*.*
'attrib-h-s-r-a*.*' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file. .

pls do the needful dear.....
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March 31, 2013 2:42:33 AM

open with winrar and select required files ,select add files to achieve option then browse to specified location to paste that files
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March 31, 2013 10:21:30 AM

manichandaran was trying to do conflicting tasks one after the other. No-one replied because this is an old thread which was marked as Solved years ago. Your response was seven weeks late and wouldn't work either. Three reasons to close this thread now.
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