Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.
C:\Users\Shailesh\My Documents>dir
 Volume in drive C is XXXXXXXX     \\never seen these two lines before
 Volume Serial Number is XXXX-XXXX

 Directory of C:\Users\Shailesh\My Documents

File Not Found

dir command is working when I use it on C:\Users\Shailesh

I recently cloned my data to a new internal ssd.

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

up vote 0 down vote accepted

You are in the "dummy" Special-folder My Documents of Windows 7 (which is empty).

Try doing dir ..\Documents and you will see your documents.
(or cd ..\Documents followed by a dir).

Windows 7 changed the My Documents to Documents. In the explorer it is still named My Documents but that is only a 'display-name'. It is language dependent. In a dutch version it is Mijn Documenten but (on the harddrive) it still points to Documents.

For older programs who still expects a My Documents this directory is created and under Windows it is redirected to Documents. However you are in a command prompt which does not do this redirection.

I don't know how you got into this directory in the prompt but you should have done a cd Documents instead of a cd My Documents.

You can read here what other directies are changed. See also here for information about "Special folders".

share|improve this answer

The command is working fine – "File Not Found" is normal when dir does not have anything to show.

This happens when directory has either the "Hidden" or "System" attribute (causing dir to skip displaying the . and .. items), and is either empty or all files/subdirectories have such an attribute as well (causing those files/subdirectories to be skipped as well).

share|improve this answer

Try attrib -s -h *.* before calling dir , or try dir /a.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.