Windows 10: Windows 10 says that documents folder is a .sys file

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  1.    08 Feb 2016 #1

    Windows 10 says that documents folder is a .sys file


    Hi

    I have two HDD drives - C (main drive) and D (storage)
    Drive C has windows 10 installed (upgrade from 7 today) and seems to be running OK

    Prior to the Windows 10 install I had problems accessing the D drive drive so I booted from a Linux Mint disc in order to access my stuff on D, all went well and I created two folders with my stuff in them ready to access once I had upgraded to Windows 10.

    Installed Windows 10 on C drive, all working great, I can see both HDD, I can see and access both drives, I can access one folder on the D drive and see all my files inside but i can't access the other folder on the D drive named "documents" Windows 10 says it's a system (.sys file) and asks for an app to open it.

    Have I lost all my stuff in that folder or does anyone have any ideas?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    TIA
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  2.    08 Feb 2016 #2

    Can you right click on this Documents, select properties and post a picture of the General tab and what is shown on advanced button of the security tab.(Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums).

    They should look something like this:

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Name:	Security.PNG 
Views:	0 
Size:	90.2 KB 
ID:	63100

    .sys files are (mostly) drivers and this object can't be both a folder and a file - it must be one or the other.

    It would be good to see if it is a folder you aren't authorized to or something else.
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  3.    08 Feb 2016 #3

    Thanks for the reply. Screenshots as requested
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  4. Posts : 5,704
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       08 Feb 2016 #4

    Sounds like the System attribute may be set for the folder.
    Open a Elevated Command Prompt then enter attrib d:\Documents.
    If the S attribute is set, enter attrib -s D:\Documents. See if that fixes it.
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  5.    08 Feb 2016 #5

    Thanks for the suggestion Ztrucker, there was an S attribute set and I have done as you suggested.

    Now, in explorer the Documents folder shows as a "file"???
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  6.    08 Feb 2016 #6

    Question why is your Documents folder on your D drive.....and it is also listed on your C drive.....can you access your doc folder on your C drive without any problems?
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  7.    08 Feb 2016 #7

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Question why is your Documents folder on your D drive.....and it is also listed on your C drive.....can you access your doc folder on your C drive without any problems?
    The Documents folder on the D drive is just a folder that I created (before installing Windows 10) with a load of docs, photos etc in.
    The Documents folder on C is the usual Windows documents folder that's installed with Windows
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  • Posts : 5,704
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       08 Feb 2016 #8

    Can you access D:\documents from Linux or does it show as a file there as well?
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  •    08 Feb 2016 #9

    3billy3 said: View Post
    The Documents folder on the D drive is just a folder that I created (before installing Windows 10) with a load of docs, photos etc in.
    The Documents folder on C is the usual Windows documents folder that's installed with Windows
    Well according to your last screen shot....it kinda looks empty...1kb <-- ??

    Even on your screen shot on msg #3 says size on disk 0 bytes.
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  •    08 Feb 2016 #10

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Can you access D:\documents from Linux or does it show as a file there as well?
    From Linux it shows as a shortcut that doesn't exist - I have to say that it looks like it really doesn't exist!
    But it is strange that the folder and files were there before I switched to Windows 10
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