“I have installed free hide folder application on Windows system and hided some folder and files. But due to some virus problem, it force me to format my C drive however, my folder was in D drive. Obviously after formatting C drive, the free Hide folder software disappeared and the hidden folders are missing now. I am badly in need of those folders because all my essential files are stored on it. I don’t have any idea about this issue. Please help me to find files and folders that are hidden in Windows system hard drive?”
Hidden files in Windows OS are normal files but are made invisible to user access in Explorer. There are two forms of hidden files, the files with “H” attribute marked by user as hidden files with “S” attribute system files marked by OS.
Users can store many files and folders such as spreadsheet, private Word documents, images, music or video files, or any other documents in their personal computer which they do not want to share with others in hidden format. They can protect personal information on system by hiding it from getting visible in Windows Explorer.
Hiding different files and folder is rudimentary and one who have simple knowledge of computer can easily hide files and folders from others users. Mentioned below are the steps to display hidden files and folders on any Windows system:
- First Open Folder Options in Control Panel – Click Start, then click Control Panel > Click Appearance and Themes, then click Folder options
- On the View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click show hidden files and folders option
Now, user can view hidden files and folders on Windows system. If this procedure fails to locate hidden files and folders then files might have been lost due to virus infections, installation of unsecure application, OS errors, Registry errors or some unknown reasons. To get back such lost hidden files and folders make use of suitable file recovery application. This tool will retrieve all files and folders without altering single content during recover process.
Software to retrieve hidden files and folders:
Yodot File Recovery is the ultimate application to recover hidden files and folders on Windows system. This tool can retrieve all lost or deleted files and folders from Windows computer. It can restore files like Microsoft documents, text, archives, animation, etc. Additionally, it can rescue lost or erased files from pen drive, SSD, external hard drive, local drives, FireWire drive, and others that have ExFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, FAT32, FAT16 and ReFS file systems. File recovery utility works well with different Windows operating systems including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Follow given instructions to restore hidden files and folders:
Download and install Yodot File Recovery software on Windows System -> Launch the application and follow main screen instructions-> On main screen you can view two options namely “ Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”-> Chose “Lost File Recovery” option to recover hidden folders and file from Windows system-> In upcoming window, tool will display all logical drives along with physical drive associated with system-> Further, pick particular drive or partition from which hidden folders and files are lost -> Choose specific file type for recovering files and folders from Windows system to minimize scanning time. Else skip this step and continue-> Next, utility will scan selected drive -> Once scanning process completes successfully, program shows list of restored files in “File Type View” and “Data View” options -> View retrieved media files and folders using “Preview” button ->Finally, save recovered files and folders to desired destination location on Windows system.