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All folders become shortcuts! What's going on?

by Nance794 / August 8, 2013 3:04 PM PDT

I have a Transcend hard disk that is used as a backup drive. However, now, all the saved folders become shortcuts. When clicking these shortcuts, there is no any change. I still cannot open my files. It is really strange. Do you know what is going on? I am really not familiar with the computer problems. Please help me to access these contained folders and files again.
Thanks a lot!

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Take a chance with some data recovery program.
by Cheriiiiiie111 / August 11, 2013 1:36 PM PDT

Do you have a data backup of this transcend hard drive?

If not, I hope you could a lesson to back up all your important data at least on two hard drive or locations in the future.
But, now, in your case, you could firstly scan your computer with your installed antivirus tool so that you could wipe out the possible virus as soon as possible.

And then, for your contained data, you could take chances with some data recovery programs. There are many data recovery freeware that are designed to help the user retrieve his inaccessible data.

If you are suspicious, you could firstly give some drive data recovery freeware a shot, such as Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free, etc.

Next time, never forget to scan your computer regularly.

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Thank you!
by Nance794 / August 13, 2013 12:47 PM PDT

After reading your answer, I had tried your mentioned ways. It seemed not to be the problem of virus infection. Everything was OK after scanning it with my antivirus tool.
So, I directly tried your mentioned data recovery freeware to take chances. How lucky! I finally restored all my needed files back by applying the last data recovery freeware.
Thank you very much!

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The short answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2013 1:17 AM PDT

File system damage like this has us restoring from our backup copy. There is a discussion like this and the member went on and on for 40+ posts and in the end it was gone. It's unsure why it happened but it does happen and is a clue that we can't avoid backup copies of what we can't lose.
Bob

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