Files on external drive missing since upgrading from Vista to Wondows 7

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  1. DKGRAY

    DKGRAY New Member

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    I had stored Public pictures, music and video on a USB external drive prior to upgrading. Since upgrading last night the folders exist on C drive and on USB drive but they appear empty of files. The drive still seems "full" but I can't get at the files through Win7 (or Vista or XP when I attach the drive to my other computers.)

    My user files appear in my documents and settings in Windows 7 all ok, but the" public" ones just have the empty folders. Any ideas anybody?

    Dave
     
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  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Are you leaving the folder open long enough for the files to show up. It seems prior to showing contents, Win 7 will index them or something that may take some time.

    You might try indexing the folders if you haven't already.
     
  3. DKGRAY

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    Sorted now

    Thanks I've sorted the problem, the files were hidden, they'd been stored by Win 7 and saved in a hidden folderon the USB drive. The empty folders were copied from usb drive to pubolic folder on C drive during upgrade. Once I'd "shown hidden files" I could look for them and move them to where they belonged.

    Thanks
     

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