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Hidden Files?

by rdatrader / July 9, 2004 2:16 PM PDT

Every time my C Drive is scanned the results presented list hundereds of "hideden files" (actually more than 800). Since I have the "Folder Options" set to show all files, I assume that these are something else. Is there any way to identify these "Hidden Files"?
I am running XP pro and it is up-to-date with all the MS fixes and updates.

Rich

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Re: Hidden Files?
by Papa Echo / July 9, 2004 3:54 PM PDT
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Every time my C Drive is scanned


Scanned for what ?
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Re: Hidden Files?
by rdatrader / July 9, 2004 11:26 PM PDT
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Sorry, for the confusion-- Every time I run a CHKDSK, either from a command prompt or at boot, the resulting listing indicated that there are hundreds of "hidden files" on the drive--at latest check 613 on the "C" add 805 on the "D" drive. Since the folder options are set to Show Hidden Files, I was wondering what and where these hidden files are?

Rich

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Re: Hidden Files?
by Tufenuf / July 9, 2004 11:51 PM PDT
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Rich, Go into Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)", click Apply/OK. That should give you access to the hidden files you're missing but I wouldn't mess around with these files.

HTH,
Tufenuf

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Re: Hidden Files?
by Papa Echo / July 10, 2004 12:32 AM PDT
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There is something missing: How about posting that full result of the chkdsk ?

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Re: Hidden Files?
by Cursorcowboy / July 9, 2004 10:08 PM PDT
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Every time my C Drive is scanned the results presented list hundereds of "hideden files" (actually more than 800). Since I have the "Folder Options" set to show all files, I assume that these are something else.

Does "hidden" mean they aren't seen or does it mean files which have the "hidden" type attribute set? What do you see listed in that column in Explorer?
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Re: Hidden Files?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2004 10:27 PM PDT
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Explorer is not a file and directory browser. It's something that shields users from such.

Maybe you should try a file and directory browser like Gyula's Navaigator?

Bob

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Never assume...
by Edward ODaniel / July 10, 2004 4:34 AM PDT
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If you can look in the attributes column of your Windows Explorer and see files with the H attribute and you have set Explorer to show hidden files it is working right.

If you then run chkdsk on the drive and it shows something like 640457856 bytes in 872 hidden files then it too is working exactly as designed.

Why? Even though you have set Windows Explorer to "show" hidden files the H (hidden) attribute is still set. This is important because some few programs "expect to see" specific files in specific locations and the H attribute prevents most utilities such as defrag from moving them to a location that "upsets" the application when it goes looking and can't find the file at the expected location.

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Re: Never assume...
by rdatrader / July 10, 2004 5:36 AM PDT
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Thanks Edward,

That's exactly what I wanted to know.

Rich

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