How to Get Back the Hidden Files and Folders in Windows

Once upon a time your flash disk was attacked by windows virus or malware and all off your files and folders are hidden by the virus or mallware. In other case, your flash disk already scanned by an antivirus and got a lot of virus or malware but your files and folders are lost (didn’t appear in windows explorer), when you check the capacity properties your flash disk is full. Ok, don’t panic guys, if you find such condition, it’s mean that your files and folders are still in your flash disk and in hidden state. So you need some tricks to show them normally just like the normal condition before. Here are the tricks:

The Virus or malware was set the attribute of your folders and files to hidden. You should set your files and folders back to normal attribute. The way to do such action could be done by using software or manually using windows command prompt. This post will show you on how to set your files and folders back to normal attribute. This post just as my activity documentations, I don’t give any guaranty for any damage of your data.

  • Open windows command prompt by click Start –> Run –> type cmd then click OK or press enter on keyboard
  • Change the drive to your flash disk drive (for example, when your flash drive is in F drive, you could type F: then press enter)
  • You could check your hidden folder and file by type dir /a
  • You also could use another dir command option by typing dir /? then press enter. You will find another option for dir command
  • If you want to set an attribute to files or folders you could use attrib command
  • To show many kind of attrib command options, type attrib /? then press enter
  • From the attrib command options list we could conclude to use command such as attrib *.* -R -A -S -H /S /D to set your files and folders back to normal attribute

What is the meaning of the command above? here you are:

  • attrib : it’s mean that you use attrib command
  • *.* : it’s mean that you will set the attrib command to all of the file and all of the file extension
  • you could read other attrib command option by typing attrib /? then press enter

Ok, I hope you’ll get something usefull for your productive activities from this post. Warm greet from me as always.