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Corrupted folder? File names screwed up.

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#1 SteveEEngg


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:54 PM

HI, I have a single folder on a USB key I can't access because all the filenames have changed to gibberish.  I get the error, "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."


I've scanned the folder with bitdefender and it came up clean.  I can't rename anything either.  Even if I give it a single letter name, it gives the error, "The file name you specified is not valid or too long.  Specify a different file name."


I'm running Windows 7 both at work and home, although I don't think that has anything to do with it.  I've read that possibly it became corrupted due to a power outage or pulling the usb without safely removing hardware.  If anyone has any idea how I might be able to salvage the data it would be greatly appreciated.  I'm attaching a screenshot of how the files look now.


Thanks much,


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:40 AM

You may want to take a look:  https://www.easeus.com/storage-media-recovery/fix-damaged-usb-flash-drive.html .



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:25 AM

That looks like Marlett.  You can highlight the name of one of these files, then select a normal Windows text option such as Ariel.  This should revert the text to a legible form.

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