That's very strange.
I'd boot into a Linux DVD to see what that says about the files. If they are still OK, the files on the drive most likely aren't damaged.
Then I would do a clean install of Windows XP on this obviously damaged machine and use that, immediately after installation, to look at those same files. If OK in Linux they should still be OK here. Just in case it's caused by a virus that spreads via the external disk I shouldn't do it on another Windows PC.
hi guys ! i've got the shortcut problem ! every external drive i connect to my computer gets damaged cuz all files on that drive turn to shortcuts , i tried all ways but couldn't fix the problem so i really want a solution please and i wanna ask : if i connect my damaged drive to another computer , will it work fine without making files appear as shortcuts? (taking in mind that the occupied size by my files is still there when i check the drive properties) but when i check a file size , it appear as 1kb file !
im using windows xp !
thanks in advance !