Recovering Hidden Files and Folders

“All hidden files and folders on my desktop are not showing up since I updated Windows OS, I searched for these files by enabling ‘Show hidden files, folders or drives’ option, but it didn’t help. Are these files from hidden folders lost forever or is there any way to recover it back?”

This kind of scenario may encounter with many Windows computer users who hide important files and folders so that information in those files will be kept safe from unauthentic users on computer. Also by default, some files related to system resources and operating system will be in hidden state so as to avoid unexpected changes that could be made to these files by users. Such unseen folder files on Windows computer can be viewed if ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option is enabled in Explorer. One can even hide folders and its files on other storage devices like pen drive, portable hard drive, etc.

How could hidden files and folders go missing?

If a file or folder is marked as hidden, operating system will stop showing that folder and file in normal Explorer window. Users may lose unseen files and folders due to these following reasons:

  • Installation of unsecure applications on Windows system hard drive
  • OS errors due to which you would reinstall operating system that may delete hidden files and folders
  • Registry errors on Windows system that fails to show hidden folder files on request
  • And at times malware intrusion to storage device

Whatsoever may be the reason behind loss of hidden files and folders from storage devices on Windows system, those data are not permanently removed from memory location unless the storage device is used to save new data after noticing loss of hidden folder files. Here are few workarounds that can bring back hidden folders and files – to change registry value on Windows system.

Go to Start -> Run and type ‘regedit’ and click for OK / enter -> Now navigate to this location, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windwos\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL -> Now, delete the value for the name CheckedValue type REG_SZ and Data value 2 -> Next, right-click on pane and select New and DWORD value to create a new DWORD -> A dialogue called ‘Edit DWORD value’ will get displayed -> select ‘CheckedValue’ for Value name column, type 2 for Data column with base hexadecimal selected and click OK. This will change the settings of Show hidden files, folders or drives option under Folder options.

If this doesn’t show concealed files and folders then make use of relevant hidden file recovery software and extract all your essential files.

Recovery of hidden files and folders:

Yodot File Recovery is the most eminent and reliable program to get back hidden files and folders on Windows PC. This application is capable of restoring files like Microsoft documents, text, generic media files, Sticky notes, program related files, archives, etc. with much ease. In addition, it can retrieve folders with different types of files using unique signature search. Using this tool it is possible to regain files and folders after deletion, loss or missing scenarios from any storage device. This software also helps to rescue files lost or erased from pen drive, SSD, external hard drive, local drives, FireWire drive, etc. that have ExFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, FAT32, FAT16 and ReFS file systems. This productive tool can be employed on Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 to recover files and folders.

Follow these simple steps to extract unhide hidden files and folders:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery program on your Windows computer on which files and folders are hidden
  • Install and launch the application on this computer
  • A main window opens up showing two options, namely “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Choose second option to bring back hidden files and folders and proceed next
  • Now, software will display all drives associated with your system
  • Prefer particular drive or logical partition from which hidden folders and files are lost
  • Allow the tool to scan selected drive to regain all possible folders and files
  • Later, restored files will get displayed as a list under ‘Data View / File Type View’ modes
  • Examine rescued files and save it to target destination location in your system hard drive but not to same folder location

Tips to hide folder files:

  • Take note of exact location of files and folders that you are about to hide
  • Do not alter any system related hidden files that would change functioning of your system

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