If the files and folders in your external hard disk or flash drive have turned into shortcuts or are hidden, here is one solution to recover your data. Operating system used – Windows 7.
- Install good antivirus and scan entire computer including the flash drive/external hard disk.
- Go to Control Panel, Folder Options, select VIEW tab, select “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)” now click APPLY
- Open command prompt (press Win+R, type cmd, press enter), assuming ‘G:‘ as the letter of affected drive, enter this command-
attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
replace ‘g:’ with other drive letter if needed.
You can check your flash drive/external hard disk, the data should be visible. You can restore the original folder options.