Cannot view files I own

I’m not sure if it has anything to do with updating recently but all the files and folders in a directory (/mnt/VirtualDrives/downloads/) seem to be hidden even though I am the owner and permissions seem ok!
for example-

$ sudo stat /mnt/VirtualDrives/downloads/ 
  File: /mnt/VirtualDrives/downloads/
  Size: 544830          Blocks: 1080       IO Block: 4096   regular file
Device: 8,66    Inode: 2588728     Links: 1
Access: (0644/-rw-r--r--)  Uid: ( 1001/  donald)   Gid: (  100/   users)
Access: 2011-03-11 17:50:46.000000000 +1300
Modify: 2011-03-11 17:50:46.000000000 +1300
Change: 2011-03-11 17:53:09.000000000 +1300
 Birth: -
$ id
uid=1001(donald) gid=100(users) groups=100(users),6(disk),7(lp),10(wheel),90(network),91(video),93(optical),95(storage),96(scanner),98(power),987(sambashare),991(adbusers)

$ ls -al /mnt/VirtualDrives/downloads/ 
"/mnt/VirtualDrives/downloads/": Permission denied (os error 13)

Also trying to view the folder in konqueror or dolphin shows the folder as containing 286 items but trying to enter it shows it as empty.
The files seem ok as I can copy to my home folder using sudo.

Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be?

Operating System: Manjaro Linux
KDE Plasma Version: 5.25.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.98.0
Qt Version: 5.15.6
Kernel Version: 5.15.71-1-MANJARO (64-bit)
Graphics Platform: X11
Processors: 4 × Intel® Core™ i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz
Memory: 15.6 GiB of RAM
Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB/PCIe/SSE2

See if you can find any clues here… :arrow_down:

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How many users are on that machine? Mind you, but User has to be part of at least:
uid=1000(user) gid=1000(user) groups=1000(user)
and Otheruser
uid=1001(otheruser) gid=1001(otheruser) groups=1001(otheruser)
Then the other groups follow, depending for what you need them. For example:
and 1000(autologin) if you use autologin …

Anyway, follow the links above.

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I found that the execute permission was missing on the directory.

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