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new folder filled with unrecognizable files

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#1 geekonoba


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:42 PM

I created a new folder called MISC on a flash drive. When I went to open MISC to copy some files into it, it already had 30 files in it. They all have one-character file names such as "A" or "q" but some of them have only "!" or ")" or just a square pictogram. Cannot delete these files. Just get a "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk" Cannot open these files: just get "The specified path does not exist". I've never had this happen before. Hoping someone might have some experience with this problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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#2 rotor123


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

Sounds as if the drive is corrupted, You can try running chkdsk /f on it. If that doesn't do it, copy off the good files and format it. I had to do that recently to recover 10gig of space that had junk files on it.

One thing that can cause this problem is not stopping a removable drive before unplugging it. 99.9% of the time that causes no problems, every now and then it does. There probably are other things that can cause this problem too, such as failing hardware etc. I don't panic about a one time occurrence however.

Good Luck

Edited by rotor123, 26 August 2012 - 12:54 PM.

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