How can I permanently remove a folder's "hidden" attribute and make it always visible?

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I am running Windows 7 Professional on my computer that also has a USB external Western Digital passport drive.

I did a robocopy of the "Documents" folder from my C Drive to my F drive (USB external WD passport drive).

When I view the F: drive in Windows Explorer, I CANNOT see the "Documents" folder.

However, I CAN see the "Documents" folder on the F: drive when I click on Windows Explorer:  Organize \ Folder and Search Options \ View \ Show hidden files, folders and drives.

How can I PERMANENTLY remove the hidden attribute on the external drive to make the "Documents" folder ALWAYS visible without have to click:  Show hidden files, folders and drives?

Thanks for your help!
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

Commented:
right-click the documents folder and go to properties
uncheck 'hidden' near the bottom and click ok

Author

Commented:
The hidden box is "greyed out" with a check-mark in it
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

Commented:
can't you still uncheck it?
it means that not everything in the folder is hidden; it's mixed
toggling that will go back and forth between all hidden and nothing hidden

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Commented:
See image below:

Docs Hidden Attribue

Author

Commented:
I would like it to be "nothing hidden".
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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open elevated command prompt then type...

f:
attrib -h -s documents /d
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Commented:
Or for goog measure

f:
attrib -r -a -s -h documents /d

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Commented:
A message pops up that says:

The /D switch is only valid with the /S switch.
Sr. Systems Administrator
Commented:
attrib -h -s documents /d /s

Author

Commented:
I did your original suggestion:

attrib -r -a -s -h f:\documents /s /d

and IT WORKED!

Now I can see the documents folder without having to check the box "Show hidden files, folders and drives".

Thank you very much!

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Thank you very much!

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