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  1. #1
    nzchrise
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    Default Invisible Folders/Files

    Hi People

    I have nearly 4GB of files in a folder C:/_RESTORE/TEMP/. The files are named like A0934456.CPY. They show (up) when running a virus scan, but when setting 'Display Hidden Folders/Files' I can only see the /_RESTORE folder using My Computer - Explore. No /TEMP. No *.CPY files. Even a Find Folders/Files *.CPY returns a zero result.
    It also seems that they are increasing in number.

    Why can't I find them? How can I find them? Can I cull (delete) some if not all? And just what are they? (I presume they may have something to do with System Restore. It's turned off.)

    Cheers
    Chris

    BTW my virus scan now takes 45+ minutes instead of the usual 10.

  2. #2
    stu140103
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    Default Re: Invisible Folders/Files

    > Why can't I find them? How can I find them? Can I
    > cull (delete) some if not all? And just what are
    > they? (I presume they may have something to do with
    > System Restore. It's turned off.)

    Yes you are correct they are to do with System Restore, which is a good feature to have On Not off, because if you or something stuff upís up your computer then you can go back before it happened.

    What OS do you have??? Win ME/ XP or 2003???? Then I can tell you how to delete them????

  3. #3
    nzchrise
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    Default Re: Invisible Folders/Files

    >
    > What OS do you have??? Win ME/ XP or 2003???? Then I
    > can tell you how to delete them????

    My OS is Win ME.
    Why can't I 'see' these files?

    Chris

  4. #4
    Graham L
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    Default Re: Invisible Folders/Files

    With every file, there are a number of attributes stored in its directory entry. (You can see these by right-clicking on a file, and using Properties.) If ReadOnly is set, you can't delete the file (or at least get a query from the system ;-)). If the Archive bit is set, the file hasn't been archived by a backup programme. If the Hidden bit is set ...

  5. #5
    PoWa
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    Default Re: Invisible Folders/Files

    Any folder -> Tools menu -> folder options -> View tab -> Show hidden files and folders.

    And when you are searching your computer with the search tool, in the advanced options make it search through hidden and system files.

    If System restore is turned off, you can safely whack the whole _restore folder.

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