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Please Help On Unhiding Hidden System Files!

by jryaus / November 29, 2012 12:46 AM PST

I recently got back from a long trip overseas and found out that one of my camera's SD chips got a virus while on a computer in a internet cafe. Now, all the photos on the chip are hidden and now I can only see them when I uncheck "Hide System Files" under the Folder Options.

HOWEVER, the thumbnails are still hazy and it won't let me uncheck "Hidden" under Preferences on each individual picture.

I would really like to fix these photos so they are completely normal. Does anyone have any advice??

PS: I already tried downloading the program found in Step 17 here:

I'm at a loss. Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks so much!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 29, 2012 12:50 AM PST

Using other tools like Gyuala's Navigator I can copy this over to my HDD then alter the permissions as need be.

After I get the files out, I can format the card in the camera to wipe out the virus and start fresh on that card.

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If the photos are located on the SD ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 9, 2012 12:39 PM PST

chip and you are using an SD Card reader so it shows as a drive here is an easy way to unhide the files.

Open a command prompt and change to the SD drive letter Assuming the SD Drive Letter is F the command is F: then press the enter/return key The command prompt should change to F:\> (IMPORTANT: use the drive letter your Windows Explorer shows for the SD drive as it may not be F:)

Now type ATTRIB -h -s F:\*.* /S /D and press the enter/return key (If you properly changed to the F drive that F:\ could be omitted but it does provide some insurance that you are not changing the attributes on the wrong drive)

The files should now show up normally with the system and hidden attributes turned off

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