Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Files & Folders Gone Hiding

07 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
Files & Folders Gone Hiding

I recently upgraded my system from Win XPPro to Win 7 Ultimate. My system runs smoothly except this weird thing I hardly don't understand. When I go to "My Computer" all the partitions created with the former OS are visible. Free spaces and Used spaces are visible as well, but when I open one of the partitions i.e. (D partition, it says: "This Folder is empty" and why NOT "Partition?" ... I do remember a folder named "MP3s" I stored before. I tried to see if it appears by going to the address bar and typed D:\MP3s, the MP3 files appeared but not the folder named "MP3s" itself.

How to make those folders and files be visible? Win 7 prodigies, Please help

Thank you in advance

My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've done many re-installs and my OS has always recognized the other partitions on the computer just fine. This may be an artifact of upgrading from XP. Did you do a clean install or an upgrade? Also, are your partitions formatted differently, like one being FAT32 and the other NTFS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7


Ohhh.. sorry Sir, but I can't remember which one of the two options I clicked when I installed Windows 7 (Do you mean "Upgrade" & "Custom (Advance)? I supposed) Yes, When I was still Win XP, I did format them with NTFS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, if you formatted in NTFS, your new Windows partition should be in NTFS as well, so that rules that out hopefully.

Oh wait, I just remembered, you can't upgrade from XP, it has to be a clean install due to limitations in the upgrade path.

One thing to try is this, right click on My Computer, then click on the Manage button, there click on the Disc Management option in the field on the left. Once there, make sure your computer recognizes all the partitions as Healthy Primary.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7

Yes, it says "Healthy (Primary Partition)". But still the contents of that partition are not visible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Files & Folders Gone Hiding

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Files & Folders Gone Hiding
Thread Forum
Solved Invisible files/folders -- what's Windows hiding? System Security
Stop Win7 reassigning (and half-hiding) my folders General Discussion
Hiding Folders/Files General Discussion
UAC, hiding folders, creating a secure and safe Win 7 environment System Security
Hiding Documents and files in folders General Discussion
I have problems hiding files on an external NAS. General Discussion
C:\ Hiding files? General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:43 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33