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external drives shortcut problem :(

by Omarison / October 4, 2013 1:36 AM PDT

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 !

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Re: shortcuts
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 4, 2013 1:54 AM PDT

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.


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hard disk vs usb ?
by Omarison / October 4, 2013 2:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: shortcuts

are usb's most likely to be affected by this virus than hard disks ?

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Why not?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2013 3:32 AM PDT
In reply to: hard disk vs usb ?

As we don't know what trojan/virus/damage is there, then it could do this to externals in some odd attempt to hold your files hostage but not break the drive C because they didn't want to corrupt the OS.

So, yes, this can happen.

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external hard disk safe ?
by Omarison / October 8, 2013 1:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Why not?

my external hard disk contains my important files so i was worried till i went to my university's computer lab then once i connected my external hard disk , i found that it is safe ! files didnt appear as shortcuts :/ all was very fine i dont know why it didnt get affected by this virus although i connected it after i have connected my pendrive which was damaged ? now should i consider my external drive safe as no errors appeared ?

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Re: safe
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 8, 2013 2:03 AM PDT

So the files are safe for the moment. Until you lose that drive or drop it or it's stolen or just fails (what external hard drives do much more frequently than some people expect).

So if I were you I'd copy everything I don't want to lose to, say, a webbase storage solution (like Dropbox or Microsoft Skydrive) and a second external disk. That's called 'backup'.


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Time to get safe.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2013 3:58 AM PDT

I can only guess why there is no backup copies. Between Google Drive and DropBox you should be able to get enough space for no money to have a spare copy if the files/drive vanish.

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