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Folders Change to System Files

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#1 mjcn19


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 01:33 AM



I bought a new 1 TB FLASH DRIVE online last year. I saved a lot of files like documents, music, videos, applications, etc..


Before I saved all these files, I created different folders for different types of file and named them as MUSIC.COM for music files, MOVIES.EXE for movie files and etc..


Then one day when I tried to insert my flash drive to my laptop, all my files were just disappear. I've tried to reformat my FLASH DRIVE and tried some different kinds of recovery software but none of them have worked and I only see the folders I've created (MUSIC.COM, MOVIES.EXE).


And by the way, my FLASH DRIVE is using a FAT 32 FILE SYSTEM. So I guess by creating folders with .COM and .EXE extensions the OS have detected them as SYSTEM FILES and converted them. But when I open them nothing happens. Just a pop up windows and then they disappear.


Now I'm really having a hard time searching for answers and solutions to my problem on how to recover all my files. Hope somebody can help me.





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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 07:07 PM

Folders don't have extensions, only files have them. The extension is the part of the whole file name after the fullstop. For example Letter.DOC, Application.EXE, Photo.JPG and so on. Almost certainly what is happening is your OS is seeing these folders as files and is trying to open them as files.


Since you say you tried to format this drive it may be too late to recover your files but you could try renaming these folders to just 'Music' or 'Movies' without any extensions. Right click on the name of one of these folders and, towards the bottom of the pop--up menu you will get, you will see 'Rename'. Click this and see if you can remove the extension. If this works you may find your files are still there but I wouldn't bet on it.


However once you have renamed these folders you may be able to re-format this drive if your files are either gone or corrupted.


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