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Recycle Bin Folder On External Hard Drive


I received an external hard drive with data for processing. One of the folders on the hard drive is named $recycle. Bin properties of the folder show that the folder contains 56 files, but i can't see them. It also appear to display files that in my recycle bin on c drive. I tired to remove hidden attribute from the folder with no success. I also tried method described in the following article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549  and received "not setting hidden file" message.
I have windows xp professional version 2002 service pack 2.

Please kindly advise how i can access files in the $recycle. Bin folder.


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