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    I have recently upgraded from XP SP3 to a new PC running Win 7 64-bit.
    I copied my important data files to an external hard drive for transfer to the new PC.
    Several directories on the external drive were not in visible in WIn 7.
    Checked back in XP and they were there.
    In Win 7 tried to create a new directory on the external drive with the same name as one of the invisible files - and got the message that the name was a duplicate.
    Ran cmd and listed the directories on the external drive - this showed the missing directories.
    ran attrib -h on each of the invisible (to Win 7) directories and they became visible.

    What happened and Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob booth View Post
    I have recently upgraded from XP SP3 to a new PC running Win 7 64-bit.
    I copied my important data files to an external hard drive for transfer to the new PC.
    Several directories on the external drive were not in visible in WIn 7.
    Checked back in XP and they were there.
    In Win 7 tried to create a new directory on the external drive with the same name as one of the invisible files - and got the message that the name was a duplicate.
    Ran cmd and listed the directories on the external drive - this showed the missing directories.
    ran attrib -h on each of the invisible (to Win 7) directories and they became visible.

    What happened and Why?
    Hi Bob and welcome

    Its a simple permissions problem. Win 7 handles permissions more securely and that is why you had to make them visible. I am surprised you didnt have to take ownership of them as well. Once made visible there were no further problems Correct?


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    I suspect that if you were to have used the Win 7 Easy Transfer instead of simply moving the files onto the Ext HD, Win 7 may have set the permissions properly for you. As Ken states Win 7 handles security much more seriously than XP did.
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    Several directories on the external drive were not in visible in WIn 7
    What folder (directories) are you having issues with?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Thank you for your replies.
    Apart from the 'My Documents' folder on the C: drive the files came from a data-only partition on my second hard disk.
    As far as I can tell all the missing files are visible.

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    The "Documents and Setting" folder on a Vista and a Windows 7 machine, is there for "Old" program use, that is why it is a hidden, protected folder.
    These new OS's use the "User" folder and that is where one's documents go. You do NOT want to be messing with the ownership of this folder as it will mess things up.

    On a Vista machine, the "My" was dropped so that may also be an issue, on a Vista machine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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