Folders not showing up in Finder?

I've recently bought an iMac (21.5") and have been transferring all my music from the old PC to it via an external hard drive (format: MS-DOS (FAT32), 1tb).
I've noticed that some folders just don't show up in Finder. I have no idea why - they are exactly the same as every other folder on the hard drive ie. a folder containing an album with mp3s (same format of audio as all the other folders). It's definitely not a space problem.
It's a real nuisance as there may be more folders that haven't showed up that I'm not aware of (I only found out by chance that some were missing when I was specifically looking for them), I have a LOT of music.
Note: the folders show up when plugged into the pc.
Some help around this issue would be great. I have tried verifying/repairing the hard drive via Disk Utility, and deleting & re-adding the albums from the pc to the hard drive again. They still don't show up. (they're not hidden either). I also googled but couldn't find anything.
I wasn't sure whether to post this under the iMac or the OS section.. I'm running Lion 10.7.1 if it helps. Hopefully someone will be able to help me!

Ok, that worked to see hidden files, but the folders still didn't show up. (Not surprised, I didn't think they were hidden anyway).
This is such a bizarre issue! I renamed the folders to all plain English letters instead of the original names which included some foreign letters (I did this via the pc), and now they show up when the hard drive is plugged into the mac. So I think I'll just leave them like that, copy them to the mac hard drive and rename them back to the original names later. It's still strange that this happened in the first place though. Now I'll have to check every folder with foreign characters on the pc and do the same thing. (sigh)
Thanks for your help. If you have any more suggestions please do let me know! Hopefully there is an explanation/easier way around this.
Christina

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