I believe I got a virus which caused, among other things, the icons in the root directory of my external to become shortcuts. I ran several virus scans and malware removal over the course of a day or two, including: AVG, Search & Destroy, Superantispyware, and Malware bytes. I even did so in safe mode, then regular boot alternately.
Between all the virus removal tools I think I removed the virus from my PC, but I'm still having issues with the external. When the virus was identified, it removed all the shortcut icons. The root icons have not repopulated.
If I type the path of a subfolder (eg: D:\music\flac) the folder will open, and the files appear intact (thank god!) Also when I plug the external into my MacBook, the root files (and all subfolders) also appear intact.
So I'm wondering if I still have latent issues with the virus or if the external itself could be affected? I will do a fresh Windows install if I have to, but the files on the external are very important!
Mod Edit:Moved from External Hardware to Am I INfected ~~boopme
Sorry for wrong placement mods!
Edited by BeBoK, 05 December 2012 - 01:13 PM.