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My external hard disk has data on it. When I right click and see properties it says has 189GB occupied, but I am unable to see any files in it. It is of NTFS format. Can anybody tell me what's wrong with it

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Likely the files are hidden. In the folder press alt, go to tools-> folder options -> view -> show hidden files and folders –  Mob Nov 6 '11 at 7:28
    
No they are not hidden, the disk is corrupted in some way –  Sachin Nov 6 '11 at 8:04
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Try mounting the drive with a linux livecd with NTFS 3G and see if the files are visible. If so, copy out the data, then reformat - in my experience, its worked both times i have encountered this situation

If that fails, try testdisc to see if you can recover the drive.

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