Second hard drive files hidden in vista

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi I have a vista crashed hard drive.  I connected it to windows xp desktop.  When I look into the hard drive all files show as hidden.  I see the directories but I don't see any data. can any one help. thanks
Question by:QCR_Solutions
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    Expert Comment

    If you open My Computer > select Tools > Folder Options > click on the View Tab > click the radio button on Show Hidden Files and Folders.

    Hopefully you should be able to see all your files.

    Author Comment

    Hi, I have done that , it did not help. thanks
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    Expert Comment

    Download from this site Ubuntu and make a boot disk. Plug the drive that has the files into a computer and start the computer with the Ubuntu boot disk. You will be able to see all the files and copy them onto another drive.

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    Accepted Solution

    Hi, thanks for your help.  Customer did some thing on his own, probably formatted it. That is why there is no data.
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    Expert Comment

    This info is for you for future QCR_Solutions:
    When you connect the Vista or Windows 7 HDD to XP machine you need to take ownership of the drive as Microsoft increased the security since Vista. Thus data saved to HDD by user in Vista cannot be easily copied under XP. You need fix to right click on HDD - select Properties - Security and take ownership. After that you will be able to browse the data.

    Author Closing Comment

    Customer formatted the hard drive. So that is the reason no data could be found.

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