/Windows Hidden File Attribute

Windows Hidden File Attribute

Recently, I used xcopy to backup all the files from a bad hard drive to another drive under Windows XP. After all the files got copied, the directory is hidden and cannot be seen. I tried to use attrib.exe to remove the hidden attribute, however the command warned me that the directory's system attribute is set and I cannot change it.

H:>attrib -h enterprise

Not resetting system file - H:enterprise



H:>attrib -a enterprise

Not resetting hidden file - H:enterprise



H:>attrib -a -h enterprise

Not resetting system file - H:enterprise

I then tried to read the online help. It turns out I need to specify the /s and /d switches, too. So, the command should be used like this.

H:>attrib /s /d -s -h enterprise