Missing Files in my external hard drive. How to get back??

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    Hi!

    It has been quite sometime since last I posted here. Straight to the point, I have an external hard drive(500 GB) of which there are lots of missing files and folder which are very important for me.

    Now, I can only see about 10 files when it should be hundreds of files and folders. However, when I did scanning, all the files and folders are detected by the Avira but when I tried again after the scanning completed, I still don't have access to my files and folders.

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance.
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    You could try a free recovery software like Recuva Portable to see if it will recover your files.
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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    This may sound ridiculous, but are these files simply hidden? I know a guy where most of his files went missing on his portable hdd and they had somehow just hidden themselves, 20+ Gigs worth! He was quite relieved when I showed him how to view hidden files in Windows and they showed up again.

    Open an Explorer window, go to the 'tools' menu >> 'folder options' >> 'view' tab.
    Select 'Show hidden files and folders', and apply.

    If they still aren't there or the option was on anyway, then there may be a problem with the drive and a Checkdisk /f might be needed.
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    Just finished trying this software but I still can't get my data.

    ---------- Post added at 09:48 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:47 AM ----------


    I have done that and still the same. Now, I am going to try Checkdisk..
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