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Unable to delete files on removable disk


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#1 tangycandy

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 04:29 PM

Hello!

I have a USB key that I often use to backup an important folder I have on my computer that I update regularly. The USB key is organized in folders, and my important folder backup, as well as other files, is a folder called 'Autres' (others, in french).

 

I recently had a brush with rootkit and was able to remove most of it, but I think it might have corrupted the 'Other' folder on the USB somehow. The other subfolders are okay, but I just noticed that when I open the 'Others' folder, there is a folder and three files with names that contain random numbers and black boxes (ex: ┌k´▀{ 7.}▀). The three files are about 2 million KB each.

 

When I try to open the files, a message appears saying "Windows can't open this file" and I am prompted to chose a program or find a web service. When I try to delete them, it says, "Could not find this item, This is no longer located in F:\Autre. Verify this location and try again."

 

I tried shredding the folder with McAfee but that doesn't work either. At this point, I just want to get rid of this corrupted folder. Any ideas?



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:28 PM

Copy the files you want to save off the drive.  Format drive.  Copy files back to drive.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thank you! This worked






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