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#1 jewtastik

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:28 PM

any of the 4 usb thumb drives that i plug into my laptop will not let me open up the folders. the same goes for my portable external hdd. could this be a virus?

i keep getting F:/<folder name> is not a specified path (something to that effect)

i have tried formatting them usb drives, but that has not helped me.

Any suggestion would be appreicated

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:15 PM

We need the exact error message in order to help you.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:54 PM

i was trying to upload a screen for you, but i cannot get the screen to upload.

the error message says

F:\<folder name> does not exist or is not a specified path

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 04:24 PM

Does your cdrom drive do the same thing?
Just curious about that.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 08:05 PM

What is the make and model of this computer?

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:52 PM

model is: Dell inspiron e1505 running windows xp media center sp3

i dont know if you need the bios information, but that is BIOS version A17.

like i said the bios info might not be necessary but it cant hurt

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 01:11 AM

When any of these devices are plugged in are they recognized in My Computer?

Have you looked in the Device Manager to see if there are any errors or warning?

Is this the same with all four of the USB ports?

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:07 AM

yes, this is the same for all four ports, as for the device manager, there are no errors

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:35 AM

Was that a yes that they are recognized in My Computer?

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:06 AM

they are recognized in the ports, but the same problem occurs in all ports

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:20 AM

Please look in My Computer and see if the devices are seen there, and then tell me if they are or aren't.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:48 AM

all of the devices are being seen

but i discovered this bit of information in the properties section of the folder

Traget: %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c "start %cd%RECYCLER\3E8BE5C139AE768F2F5672F45A8D36EB.exe&&%windir%\explorer.exe F:\<folder name>"

i figure i would try something and set the target just to F:\<folder name>

that fixed the problem,on one of the usb drives, but i cant get them all to change, so my question now becomes what could have caused the target to be changed?

Edited by jewtastik, 07 March 2011 - 01:40 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:00 AM

Are you the Administrator?

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4. In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.

To change the permissions on the file that you now own, follow these steps:

1. Click Add.
2. In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
3. Click OK.
4. In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
5. When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
6. You can now access the file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Edited by dc3, 07 March 2011 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:28 PM

one more thing, the target location was changed to system32 for all of the folders, they were also changed from shortcuts to applications.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:33 PM

so if you remember when i said my usb files were turned into applications, i stand corrected. they were turned into shortcuts. there is data on the usb drives that i need. how do i recover the data with out formatting it? I have tried attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* in the CMD screen, but that just stops the autorun file. where do i go from there?




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