This method and probably many others are restricted in the university, I ahve tried to access this and it is not allowing me. I am in pain beacuse my folders are still missing. Next time I will learn to get things straight from the internet and not from a friend. What is done is done, atleast I still have some of these things on my phone. 😦
If the files and folders in your external hard disk or flash drive have turned into shortcuts or are hidden, here is one solution to recover your data. Operating system used – Windows 7.
- Install good antivirus and scan entire computer including the flash drive/external hard disk.
- Go to Control Panel, Folder Options, select VIEW tab, select “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)” now click APPLY
- Open command prompt (press Win+R, type cmd, press enter), assuming ‘G:‘ as the letter of affected drive, enter this command-
attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:*.*
replace ‘g:’ with other drive letter if needed.
You can check your flash drive/external hard disk, the data should be visible. You can restore the original folder options.