.vhdx file -- hidden folders ?

finance_teacher used Ask the Experts™
How can I get the below #4 to display all folders ?

 1. plug external hard drive
    into USB port on Windows 8.1 Pro
 2. D drive shows 3GB+ .vhdx file from
     my WIndows Server 2012 backup copy
 3. double click on drive
 4. attached F drive displays with
    "This folder is empty" even when
    "Hidden items" are displayed
 5. I manually type "F:\FolderNameIRemember"
 6. all associated details display
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Does DIR /A in command line show the folder? And does chkdsk come out clean?
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I'd approach the problem by using a different file explorer, for example the trial of
total commander.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant
from a command prompt type
attrib F:\FolderNameIRemember
if it has the hidden attribute it will show up. If it does not click on properties of F:\FolderNameIRemember and check the hidden and apply and re-run attrib then go back to properties and uncheck it again. Of course you could do all of this from the command prompt like this
attrib F:\FolderNameIRemember +h to add
attrib F:\FolderNameIRemember -h to remove
check attrib /? for additional options
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Or you enable...
- to display hidden files
- to display system files

in the default folder options of explorer.

I guess what you see on F is the reserved boot partition what exists on every computer but doesn't have a dive letter by default and is invisible. If you attach an USB drive, where all partitions from the computer are backed up, you see this partition as regular drive letter.


Below solution worked

1. dir /a
     ** displays all FOLDERS
2. attrib j:\FolderName
     ** displays "SH" (system, hidden)
3. attrib j:\FolderName -S -H
     ** removes "SH" (system, hidden)
4. browse to j:\
     ** folder is NO longer hidden
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So after all the whole problem was that these folders had the system attribute in addition to hidden. Don't mess with the command line, just configure explorer to display system files as well.

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