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    The system cannot find the file specified

    My dell inspiron laptop died recently (we were unable to get it to start) but it was alright because I had the entire computer backed up on my seagate FreeAgent Goflex 500 GB external hard drive. I never had a problem connecting it to my home computer before, a vista home premium. But now all of a sudden I can't find any of the files on it. I try to view them but all I get are empty folders. It says that I have 423 out of 465 GB free of space, but its contents are empty, which makes no sense.

    I tried opening the security tab and claiming ownership but all I got was an error stating that "the system cannot find the file specified." It was like Vista couldn't find any of the files on that external hard drive. I tried opening it to view the files, but again everything was empty.

    I tested the external on a different computer and it worked just fine. All the files are in place and perfectly fine. It's only when I plug it into my vista desktop that I'm getting this problem. I don't know what's going on.

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Two things to try
    Download and try to recover with recuva
    Download and try shadow explorer, first, thats the best way to go.
    http://www.shadowexplorer.com/
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    Two things to try
    Download and try to recover with recuva
    Download and try shadow explorer, first, thats the best way to go.
    ShadowExplorer.com - About
    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
    Oh, let me clarify: I'm not having any issues with my laptop. I'm done with that piece of crap. It's my desktop that's suddenly giving me problems. And if I can avoid downloading random programs off the internet, that would be great. I don't want to harm my computer with unnecessary stuff.

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    This is what you do then.
    I would keep both, they are very good software, but if you dont want them just uninstall after you are done.
    Run an antivirus scan.

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    This is what you do then.
    I would keep both, they are very good software, but if you dont want them just uninstall after you are done.
    Run an antivirus scan.
    ...how does that help? Running an antivirus scan isn't going to make my computer start to recognize my external hard drive. What I want to know is how can change ownership when I keep getting this error? And why does it appear empty when I know for a fact that it's not?

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    This might be worth trying:

    In Device Manager, right-click Universal Serial Bus Controllers > Scan for hardware changes

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    If it appears empty, it may have been caused by a virus. Just check to be sure.
    For both Seven and Vista
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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Quote Originally Posted by Ardneh View Post
    This might be worth trying:

    In Device Manager, right-click Universal Serial Bus Controllers > Scan for hardware changes
    Tried that already. There's nothing wrong with device itself. DX



    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    If it appears empty, it may have been caused by a virus. Just check to be sure.
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    Oh, I see what you're saying. No, I did a virus scan and there's nothing detected.

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Try with malwarebytes you may be surprised. Save malwarebytes for a once a week scan, too.

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    Re: The system cannot find the file specified

    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    Try with malwarebytes you may be surprised. Save malwarebytes for a once a week scan, too.
    I have McAffee Antivirus Plus and that's worked fine. I mean, there's nothing wrong with the rest of my computer. It's just this one little problem of not being able to access/read this USB. It's rather annoying.

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