Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:17 AM
Hello all, totally new here but just got a new laptop and don't want it to go the same way as the old one which died so...
Here's my problem, i have a folder on my Western Digital external hard drive which i just can't delete, and i think it may be causing problems. I don't think it's malicious, i've scanned it with Norton 360 and Ad-Aware and they came up with nothing, but my computer doesn't like it.
When i open the folder it contains all sorts of folders and files (far more than it should do) with weird characters such as ¶▓ú¥¥.╚¡
It originally contained video files, or at least was supposed to, i downloaded it from DC++ directly onto the drive over a secure network (it's a university network with all sorts of crazy protection) but have never actually seen the video files as it has always looked like this.
Here's what i've tried so far:
Deleting normally (right click\ delete) giving the message 'the filename you specified is not valid or too long' (tried renaming and deleting = same thing)
Deleting using CMD with both cd and rmdir commands, giving the message 'The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect' (accompanied by lots of beeping which didn't sound good)
Running checkdisk, which did absolutely nothing.
In addition, whenever i try to remove it using the safely remove hardware tool, it won't let me, even if i've just plugged it in.
It's driving me nuts as you can imagine and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks