blank folders in Windows Vista

Posted on 2011-05-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
One of my users picked up a NASTY virus that I stopped before it totally nuked the computer. However, whenever I open a folder on his system, no matter whats in the folder they always show up blank. Anyone know how to fix this so I can get some data off this machine before I wipe it?

See the attached screenshot to see what I'm talking about. That folder is supposed to show the entire windows folder from the previous windows installation. blank folder
Question by:telstar_
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    Accepted Solution

    Are they empty or are the files hidden?

    See the Unhide utility near the bottom of this page:

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    Expert Comment

    Are the files hidden?  Did you try to change the settings to show hidden file?  
    The file might also not show up because you don't have the permission

    are you able to connect to \\ron-pc\c$ and see the folders/files?

    try to connect the hard drive on another pc via a usb adapter

    Author Comment

    Trying out that unhide program.

    Yes I've set them so they aren't set to hidden. They also don't show up when I connect through a network connection like the path stated above.

    If this unhide feature doesn't work I will try the hard drive idea.
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    by:Jackie Man
    According to younghv, it says:-

    1. Automatic - Try unhide.exe

    2. Manual - Show hidden files,
    Highlight your folders,
    Right Click,
    Remove check from hidden and apply to subfolders.


    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you! Worked perfectly the first time!
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    by:Jackie Man
    If unide does not work, you need to stop using the computer, emove the HDD and attach it as a slave or USB drive in another pc to run GetDataBack to recover the files.

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