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I can't see files or open my external USB memory stick files?

My name is Robert. I could see J as an external drive, which is my memory stick; but it cannot be opened. It does not react to any right or left clicks. I know that there are some files on the stick, because I could see them on some video player adapter. Could you please help me to see these files again? Many thanks for your help!

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    First of all, you will need to check your system for any viruses and malware
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    Please keep your flash stick plugged in while you do the full system scans. You can use http://www.avira.com/ and https://www.malwarebytes.com to check your system for both viruses and malware.
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    After the checks and rebooting the computer, you will need to fix the context menu
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    Download and run http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html and carefully disable extensions to find the perpetrator that makes the system crash, reboot the system, and right-click the flash drive until it starts to work. If the system crashes, then you will need to disable another extension.
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    Enable showing hidden files
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    Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner. Type "regedit" and press "Enter". Expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER", "Software", "Microsoft", "Windows", "CurrentVersion", "Explorer", and click "Advanced". Locate "Hidden" and "SuperHidden" and right-click them. Click "Modify..." and enter "1" in the value field. Apply the changes and reboot your system.  
    1. If you do not see "Hidden" and "SuperHidden", then a virus might have deleted those. Recreate these entries by right-clicking the right pane in the "Advanced" section and selecting "New" > "DWORD (32-bit) Value". Enter "Hidden" and then "SuperHidden". Set the values to "1".
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    If nothing else works, you may want to restore your system from a restoration point, from a recovery CD that you create after you install the operating system, or by reinstalling the operating system
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    1. To use a restoration point, click the Start button. Type "system restore" and press "Enter". Click "Next in the new window. Select a restoration point and proceed to recover your system.
    2. To use a recovery CD or install the OS anew, reboot the computer and enter the BIOS to change the booting order to optical drive being the first. You will need to press a system-specific combination to enter the BIOS. Then, boot from your CD, DVD, or BD by pressing any key when asked. Follow the on-screen cues to complete restoration.
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Hidden files cannot open in Win7?

I have some hidden folders and files. I try to show hidden files option in control panel but files cannot opened

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Flash files hidden, I want to open or recover?

my files in the flash drive are changed to shortcuts. I want to recover them. I have tried: I tried to clean them with flashfix tool but the issue is not solved. I think it was caused by: I think my flash is attacked by shortcut virus

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I don't understand how can I open the hidden files, I have opened the command prompt but I don't know what to do next?

How to open hidden files from a USB. I have tried: I tried to open command prompt but I'm failing to access it

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My flash disc contains files, but I can't see them. When I try to open it, it says 'the folder is empty'.

My flash disc contains files, but I can't see them. When I try to open it, it says 'the folder is empty'.

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    Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows and "E" keys.
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    Right-click the flash drive and select "Properties".
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    Click the "Tools" tab.
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    Click "Check now..."
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    Start the scan.
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    After the scan has been finished, check your flash card for any files.
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    If there are no files, then you can check your system for malware and viruses
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    Use any Anti-Malware and antivirus you like for that.
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    Afterwards, reboot your system
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    Enable hidden files through the registry entry.
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    Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner
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    Type "regedit" and press "Enter". Expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER", "Software", "Microsoft", "Windows", "CurrentVersion", "Explorer", and click "Advanced". Locate "Hidden" and "SuperHidden" and right-click them. Click "Modify..." and enter "1" in the value field. Apply the changes and reboot your system. If you do not see "Hidden" and "SuperHidden", then a virus might have deleted those. Recreate these entries by right-clicking the right pane in the "Advanced" section and selecting "New" > "DWORD (32-bit) Value". Enter "Hidden" and then "SuperHidden". Set the values to "1".
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MY USB IS NOT SHOWING MY FILES WILL YOU HELP ME OUT TO OPEN IT?

MY USB IS NOT SHOWING MY FILES WILL YOU HELP ME OUT TO OPEN IT?

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I can't open my flahdrive and some code appear @@@'121.54.54.159?

When I click my flash drive some codes appear @@'121.54.54.159 13:36, 18 February 2016 (UTC)^^&* and it goes like this I've got so many important files inside my flash drive about my assignments and project I need. I have to view and take a review now because tomorrow will be our exam and I don't have any copies about our lectures because I saved them all in my flash drive, can you help me?

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My USB files became hidden after attempting to open them on a PC I had not used before. The storage volume is still there, but the USB shows 0 files?

I can still see that the space on the USB is occupied, but I can't find any of the files.

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I can't find all my media on my SD card?

I inserted my SD card into a USB drive so I inserted it into my laptop to play music, after I listened to the music I removed the USB drive and removed my SD card from it, I inserted my SD card to my phone but I can't find any music on it anymore and the space is still filled up. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Maybe its because I didn't eject it first from the laptop before I remove the USB drive

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How can I recover my lost files on my computer I am finding it hard to open my files?

I am unable to open some of my zip files on my computer, I am hoping if you can help me recover them!

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