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Old 16-06-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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can not view files in usb

hey all!
i need urgent help over here. i put some files which took memory space of around 4 gb in my flash drive at my friend's PC and now i come home to view these files. but when i plugged in my usb drive in my laptop, it is not showing any file at all but when i check its used space, it shows that 4 gb is in use.
I thought the files might be hidden so i followed the process to "show hidden files" but in vain.

I need those files and do not want to format my usb drive. Can anyone please please help me with this
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Old 17-06-2010, 04:20 AM   #2
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Re: can not view files in usb

Try to download USB Show. It is a free little portable tool that shows all hidden files inside the USB Drive. Insert your USB Drive, launch USB Show executable file and hit Recovery The Hide File button to recover all hidden files. Hope it will help you.
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Re: can not view files in usb

1) when you removed the flash drive, did you click on SAFELY REMOVE? If not, you broke the filestructure. This happens when the transaction is not complete, and the USB drive is removed.
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2) it could be a virus. there's a virus that keeps files hidden. The quickest way to check if you have that virus is to goto folder options, then select Show hidden files. then click apply, ok. Go to folder options a 2nd time. If the checkbutton is back at Don't show hidden files, then you have the virus.
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Re: can not view files in usb

Hello,

Kindly Try This... before turning your PC On .. Kindly place your USB Flash Drive .. then turn it on. Let it finished everything.. Kindly check then If you can still see your files.

Please tell me what happened?
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Re: can not view files in usb

I guess what "wcogent " said was the case. I do not remember safely removing my usb
so i have formated it but this is not the first time, it has happened to me before so thanks to both of you for sharing these tricks. Next time if i would be stuck in a situation like that, i will try these options and will let you know
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I guess what "wcogent " said was the case. I do not remember safely removing my usb
so i have formated it but this is not the first time, it has happened to me before so thanks to both of you for sharing these tricks. Next time if i would be stuck in a situation like that, i will try these options and will let you know

You could also go back to the original computer, if convenient, and see if they are viewable from that PC. It sounds to me like you got the files from a friends computer and wanted to view them on yours.

Also check the file system FAT32 or NTFS. I don't think NTFS file system is able to be read a FAT32. But FAT32 can be read by NTFS.

Sorry you had to format to get your space back

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Also check the file system FAT32 or NTFS. I don't think NTFS file system is able to be read a FAT32. But FAT32 can be read by NTFS.
An OS in NTSF can look back at FATxx, but and OS in FATxx cannot see NTSF ... and that can be an issue with something like an iPod (USB) after it has been updated to NTFS (and even set to "hidden").

For overall compatability, at least in my own experience, a USB device formatted in FAT32 can be read by more machines.
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...and ext4 can look back at them all and laugh. Gotta love Linux. Now if only I could access those darned ext4 partitions from my Windows install....
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Now if only I could access those darned ext4 partitions from my Windows install....
Take it back to ext3.
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Bleh, last I checked, the only decent ext3 hacks for Windows only work on XP. XP gets on my nerves; I'd rather just run Linux.
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