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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.

  • 1. Install good antivirus and scan entire computer including the flash drive/external hard disk.

  • 2. 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

Folder Options
Folder Options
  • 3. 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.