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#1 Achaemenid

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

I have a single text file on a seagate usb drive, connected to Linux Mint.
 
whenever I click on it, the connection to the computer disappears.
 
I think somehow clicking on this one file is triggering a disconnection of the USB drive from the computer. I have opened other text files on the drive with no problem.
 
I cannot open the file to check out its setting or characteristics because trying to open it triggers the disconnect.
 
I am not requesting malware scans at this time (unless that would solve the problem) especially because I am using Linux.
 
I would like advice on how to repair the file and find out how one file can alter the behavior of an entire drive.
 
Is this malware?  If so, it would affect other files.
 
Is there a way to open the file in the linux version of safe mode?

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

Can you post a screenshot of the file and the Properties if possible?  Open Screenshot, use screenshot with a Delay, then Right Click on Properties to get a good shot.  

 

Is this a .txt from Windows?


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#3 Achaemenid

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 03:01 PM

Can you post a screenshot of the file and the Properties if possible?  Open Screenshot, use screenshot with a Delay, then Right Click on Properties to get a good shot.  

 

Is this a .txt from Windows?

Thanks for responding.

The file was originally created in windows. Now I use Linux.

I did not understand why a delay was needed.

I have 2 screenshots

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 03:47 PM

Instead of clicking on it, can you drag it and drop it into your SDA drive?


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

 

I did not understand why a delay was needed.

Me either LOL, I must have been tired.

 

It's been awhile since i've been in Linux so forgive me, but, what if you Right Click on it and Choose "Open With" and choose your favorite Linux Text Editor.  Just some thoughts, I'll be booting Linux up soon and will look to see if you have resolved this.

 

 

 

I have a single text file on a seagate usb drive, connected to Linux Mint.

You say this is on a seagate usb drive, but it looks like it is on your Desktop Directory?  

 

Be patient, some better help than I will be along soon.  That Screenshot should help expedite the process.

 

 

whenever I click on it, the connection to the computer disappears.

You mean the USB Drive in the File Manager disappears right? Or the File Itself on the Desktop disappears?

 

You could also Click on the USB Drive in File Manager and Browse to the file and not the Desktop file.

 

I'll be back to cause more trouble soon.


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#6 Achaemenid

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 05:55 PM

 

 

I did not understand why a delay was needed.

Me either LOL, I must have been tired.

 

It's been awhile since i've been in Linux so forgive me, but, what if you Right Click on it and Choose "Open With" and choose your favorite Linux Text Editor.  Just some thoughts, I'll be booting Linux up soon and will look to see if you have resolved this.

 

 

 

I have a single text file on a seagate usb drive, connected to Linux Mint.

You say this is on a seagate usb drive, but it looks like it is on your Desktop Directory?  

 

Be patient, some better help than I will be along soon.  That Screenshot should help expedite the process.

 

 

whenever I click on it, the connection to the computer disappears.

You mean the USB Drive in the File Manager disappears right? Or the File Itself on the Desktop disappears?

 

You could also Click on the USB Drive in File Manager and Browse to the file and not the Desktop file.

 

I'll be back to cause more trouble soon.

 

I was afraid of opening the file in the usb drive again, so I copied the file without opening it and renamed it and put the copy on my desktop.  That is why the screenshot looks like it is on the desktop. I took the screenshots of the premissions and properties windows of the renamed copy file.

 

I always use the standard linux text editor, gedit

 

The name of the seagate drive disappears from the linux file manager. I assume it's called Nemo.

If I click on the file in the usb drive that is exactly what causes the entire seagate drive to disappear. So I can't do that. But the file does openly briefly before that.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 06:58 PM

If Libre Office is installed does it open in Write?



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:42 PM

 

If I click on the file in the usb drive that is exactly what causes the entire seagate drive to disappear. So I can't do that. But the file does openly briefly before that.

I would try Right Clicking and Choosing gedit to open it, this is how I open Windows Text files when using them Cross Platform.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:40 PM

 

 

If I click on the file in the usb drive that is exactly what causes the entire seagate drive to disappear. So I can't do that. But the file does openly briefly before that.

I would try Right Clicking and Choosing gedit to open it, this is how I open Windows Text files when using them Cross Platform.

 

It was originally a text file. Originally a txt from Windows,then gedit in Linux.

Opening as gedit is exactly how the problem occurred.

If it is infected, then opening it may damage my seagate external drive.

I don't want to repeat the previous experience.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:43 PM

 

 

 

If I click on the file in the usb drive that is exactly what causes the entire seagate drive to disappear. So I can't do that. But the file does openly briefly before that.

I would try Right Clicking and Choosing gedit to open it, this is how I open Windows Text files when using them Cross Platform.

 

It was originally a text file. Originally a txt from Windows,then gedit in Linux.

Opening as gedit is exactly how the problem occurred.

If it is infected, then opening it may damage my seagate external drive.

I don't want to repeat the previous experience.

 

Upload it to VirusTotal.com and scan it there...

 

Post a link to your scan results.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 06:04 PM

Achaemenid, sorry...I got nothin for ya.  I will take a look at some txt files tonight created in windows from my Linux box, and see if I can recreate the problem you are having. I seem to remember having trouble opening some .txt files from Windows in Linux.  I'll look at those permissions also.  Don't know if I have any windows .txt files on External right now, except for my USB's.


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:23 AM

See post #7, does the file you copied to the desktop and renamed open in Libre Office Write?



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:09 PM

 

If it is infected, then opening it may damage my seagate external drive.

Why would you think it is Infected?

 

Try what jwoods301 and JohnC asked for.

 

 

I took the screenshots of the permissions and properties windows of the renamed copy file.

Why, I think it would have been better to take a shot of the permissions while it is on the other Drive, if possible.  But if you are worried about problems then don't do it for me.  I wonder what happens when you try to open it in Windows? this would be important also.  I would take a screenshot of the permissions there also, Properties.

 

Permissions Now:

Access: None

Access: None

Should be:

Access: Read

Access: Read

 

I just opened a few .txt Files on Linux created in Windows and no problem at all.

 

You can read it now on Linux right?  

 

Since there should be no problem opening it in Linux, I would investigate it in Windows.  This way you won't risk anything weird happening when that disconnect happens.  Sorry, maybe better help will come along.  

 

You could also Copy the Contents while in Windows and create a new .txt doc on your OS and see if that fixes it.

 

Good luck, pc


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 04:45 PM

 

 

 

 

If I click on the file in the usb drive that is exactly what causes the entire seagate drive to disappear. So I can't do that. But the file does openly briefly before that.

I would try Right Clicking and Choosing gedit to open it, this is how I open Windows Text files when using them Cross Platform.

 

It was originally a text file. Originally a txt from Windows,then gedit in Linux.

Opening as gedit is exactly how the problem occurred.

If it is infected, then opening it may damage my seagate external drive.

I don't want to repeat the previous experience.

 

Upload it to VirusTotal.com and scan it there...

 

Post a link to your scan results.

 

scan results:

https://virustotal.com/en/file/e8be8f1fbc85207e3ccc19a388ba42a0e753ac3b3828baa5dc5678eecd3e151f/analysis/1500500513/

 

Thanks for your help.

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