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Folder is hidden and I want it normal?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mastiff, May 2, 2010.

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  1. Mastiff

    Mastiff Thread Starter

    May 2, 2010
    I used xcopy to copy a huge number of files to a folder on an external hard drive. When I was done, the folder was nowhere to be found on the hard drive, even though I have "view hidden folders" enabled. I could, however, see that the disk space was being consumed. I went into DOS and could cd into the directory and see everything (even though it didn't show up in the directory listing there either). This was on Win XP. I plugged the external drive into a Vista machine and the folder is visible, but its semi-transparent, as hidden folders are. How to I make it into a regular folder?? What might I have done wrong?

    EDIT: I finally spotted the "hidden" checkbox in properties under Vista, but it's grayed out... ??

    EDIT2: Okay, googling around about grayed out hidden checkboxes lead to the attrib -s -h <file/folder> command, which fixed my issue. The remaining question is, why in the world did this happen?
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