Tonight I plugged in my external hard drive to access a few files but the files had gone, as in the folder's still there but the files are missing! Now I tried the 'Show hidden files' thing but it still hasn't worked so it must be something else. Also, this is very unusual but every time I make a new folder in that specific folder and I refresh, the folder I just made disappears! Does anybody have any idea as to what might be the problem? My operating system is Windows XP Home edition. Total capacity of drive: 465 GB. Free space: 86 GB. Used space: 378 GB. File System: NTFS BUT, when I open the drive and I highlight all the folders the total size on there is 272GB instead of 378. So the files are still there somewhere but I've searched everywhere. Each and every folder but can't find them. Like I said, every time I make a new folder in the 'empty' folder and refresh the page, the folder I have just created disappears. The same must have happened with these files as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.