Primary hard drive not showing data on it...

By Faisal Ikhlaq
Aug 27, 2011
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  1. Hello every one! My computer drive E is not showing data and from properties it is shown that data is still there and occupying space. This problem started two days ago when i started my pc and when i opened E there was nothing shown and before it was working properly... kindly help me....
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Use A43 File Manager. This is a replacement for Explorer.

    Your files are still there, probably hidden by malware infection

    at the CMD prompt type these

    CD /
    ATTRIB -S -H /S /D
  3. Faisal Ikhlaq

    Faisal Ikhlaq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The command written by you is not working as it is....... and if i enter ATTRIB S /H /S /D this command then it shows invalid path...
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    not ATTRIB S /H /S /D. If your drive is assigned as drive F, replace E: by F: on the above commands

    Have you tried A43?

    also try to run CHKDSK on all drives: at the CMD prompt type

    FOR %A IN (C D E F G) DO CHKDSK %A: /F
  5. Faisal Ikhlaq

    Faisal Ikhlaq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have checked my disk and also tried A4. A4 is not showing data and chdsk is ok.....
  6. Teranius

    Teranius TS Rookie Posts: 115

    What OS are you running?
  7. Faisal Ikhlaq

    Faisal Ikhlaq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Window.... XP 2006
  8. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

    Maybe try booting the computer using one of those Linux live CD and see if the data can be accessed? If so, then backup whatever is important from drive E to another HDD, then proceed w/ troubleshooting. I have wiped a HDD in the past by mistake while troubleshooting, but that was after everything was backed up. Nothing was lost, other than time. Just a thought.
  9. Faisal Ikhlaq

    Faisal Ikhlaq TS Rookie Topic Starter

    k i will try this thing as a last option bcoz LINUX is not user friendly so it takes lot of time and sometimes u lost every thing... for that backup is important.....
  10. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Try EASEUS Partition Manager

    Launch the program, select your faulty HDD and check its partition
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +181

    Knoppix is a fairly simple and safe Live CD Linux variant you can use. See How to recover your folders/files when Windows won’t boot. See section 2 for creating the Knoppix CD

    Also try Explorer XP.
    > It will show you all folder sizes. Drill down in folders to see what's there
    > I believe it shows hidden files as well (as an experiment, i just created a file and set its "hidden" attribute - but i could see it with Explorer XP)

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