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    Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    This may be a hardware issue, but will inquire here...has anyone encountered a HD formatted NTFS that without warning no longer sees most files that were there the day before? All the directories still exist, but are empty as well.
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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Not unless the permissions were changed, or a user without rights is logged in...can you provide more specifics?
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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Hi,
    First thought would be virus.
    See if this program can see them


    PC Inspector File Recovery

    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinspector.html

    Elaine

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Hi, Mark ~

    Shut down notebook from work Friday as usual (no updates, modifications, etc.). Bored lounging in bed Sunday morning, I fired it up the and all seemed great. Went to retrieve a file and the file was not there and further noticed all my other files missing as well. Looked around and though all the directories I have created were intact, each and every one of them under <small>Cocuments and SettingsBruce G.F. Krymow</small> appear to be completely empty, including all of my archive and DBX files. Many installed programs are also missing. The OS itself and system files are all intact and fine.

    It seems almost as if there was a system restore performed (which I do not use). I checked the properties of my C:, E:, & F: partitions: E: is a static swap file with no apparent change; F: are the program files, half of which seem to have disappeared; and C: with a capacity of 26GB of which only 9GB were free, but now it shows 22GB free!

    So far I have not discovered any evidence of viruses or malware. I have heard that sudden 'blindness' to files may be symptomatic of a failing NTFS formatted HD - I don't know.

    I have file and sector recovery software on the unit, but that will not help in this scenario. I shut it down to avoid any overwriting. I was in the middle of a DupliDisk RAID project so had negelected backups, <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> so I cannot restore as would be expected.

    I am sure the files are still there, in good shape and with 64KB cluster size should be relatively easy to get. Looks like <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> for data recovery, crabnabbit.

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    <hr>Looks like <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> for data recovery, crabnabbit<hr>
    Maybe not - not yet anyway. Have you performed a thorough CHKDSK? Alternately, if you boot into the Recovery Console, can you see the files from there?
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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Hi, Mark ~

    CHKDSK came back fine. I do not have RC installed - will booting into it from the CD and using perform any write actions?

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    If you run the Console from the CD, then no - it will not. The benefit of using it would be that you will not be loading all the GUI crap and everything else, so you can get a look at what's going on "under the hood."
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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Hi, Mark ~

    I've pulled the HD out already, but I can reconnect it and give the RC a run.

    I will report back - thanks! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Please negate post: 381969 - I realized it was the CD making noise as notebook was upended - I got into RC.

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Ran the RC and gained access via Admin password:

    cd wutemp - access denied
    cd "documents and settings" - access denied
    cd "program files" - access denied

    The only directories it would let me peruse were the 'Desktop' (0 bytes) and 'Windows', which showed some directories with 0 bytes.

    According to some googles:

    You have access to :
    - the root directory of all disks
    - the Windows system directory (and all sub-directories)
    - to removable disks (floppy disk and CD-ROM drives)

    You have NO Access to any other directory !

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    Re: Files 'Invisible' (XPP)

    Hi, Mark ~

    I booted from the CD, but when I pressed 'R' at windows setup, it says it is loading files like settting up for a new install and sounds like it is writing, so I aborted. What is supposed to come up and is something supposed to load?

    I also noticed it says 'Press F2 for ASR - Automatic System Recovery' - is that something else?

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