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My OS is Windows XP, and my problem is that I have an invisible folder.

That folder does not contain system files, it's on D:/ drive.

In the folder with music, I have subfolders for every singer/group, and when I try to make a new folder, it says that I already have folder with that name. I don't, so it must be an invisible one.

How do I make this folder visible?

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The first thing to do would be to go to Start->Settings->Control Panel->Folder Options->View->Advanced Settings. Tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and untick ‘Hide protected operating system files’ (and confirm the annoying nag-o-box).

Now you should be able to see all files in Explorer. If you still don't see the folder, there could be a filesystem problem. Would be worth running the Error Checker over the drive in question.

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I did what you said, and found two "things", that used to be two folders. Thay are 7 and 8 KB, but I can't delete them, it says "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable". Is there any way to delete them? – MladenB Sep 27 '09 at 12:10
Try the Error Checker: right-click on the drive with the problem, choose Properties->Tools->Error Checker. – bobince Sep 27 '09 at 21:52
Total success, thank you! – MladenB Sep 28 '09 at 9:02

Try doing the following

Open up a command window by typing cmd in the Run dialog (Start->Run). Then type the following

cd \
attrib -r -a -s -h /s /d d:\
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Though bear in mind that if there are a lot of files and folders in D: that this could take a while. – GAThrawn Sep 23 '09 at 13:45

Navigate there in a command prompt:

cd [music folder]
attrib -H [name of folder] /D /S

This should make the folder visible once more. Try -S as well, if that doesn't work.

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You can do two things towards confirming existence of that folder.

  1. From cmd.exe shell: change to parent folder and try to enter the folder in question
  2. View the parent folder in explorer and change the view to show hidden and system files
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Being Windows XP, you can display hidden files and folders from the Tools > Folder Options > View menu in Windows Explorer.

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