Why are folder names messed up on my external hard drive and how can I access them again?

Rupesh Nanaiah November 28, 2012
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My Seagate free agent 1TB drive, when accessed today it shows all wild characters (like boxes, forward, upward symbols, dollars and others) instead of folder names. And when clicked, it doesn’t open, instead it says “The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect.” It was working fine till last few days.

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  1. Rupesh Nanaiah
    December 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    suggest for winxp service pack 2 pls

  2. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    it can be infected by a trojan too, sometimes ravmon.exe also bring this problem, scan ur system for viruses then run a registry repair tool too, in case if ha14, Jim Chambers’s solutions not working for you

    • Rupesh Nanaiah
      December 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      unable to run antivirus on external hard disk . says " some files could not be scanned"

  3. FIDELIS
    December 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Hello, did you by any change disconnecting the external drive without using the safe remove option? Sometimes that can cause this issue. This can also be cause by file extension issues like mention by somebody else or it can be cause by viruses.

    • Rupesh Nanaiah
      December 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      might be because of power failure. but suggest solutions pls

  4. Douglas Mutay
    December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is a typical symptom of viruses. Deal with it with an antivirus and see if you can access these files using another OS such as Linux.

    • Rupesh Nanaiah
      December 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      antivirus did not work.
      have to lookout for linux machine. i live in a remote village.

  5. Rakesh Mishra
    December 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

    your file system is corrupted so scan it properly by using antivirus or using some disk manager software

    • Rupesh Nanaiah
      December 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      antivirus did not work, pls suggest some good disck manager software

  6. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Most likely the file system is corrupted from pulling out the drive without safely removing it first.

  7. Bodi Hemanth
    December 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    file system has been currepted First do a scan with an updated antivirus.

  8. Kevin Lee
    November 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Most likely the file system is corrupted from pulling out the drive without safely removing it first. Usually pretty permanent damage.

    • Rupesh Nanaiah
      December 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      ok how do i retrieve the data.

  9. Muz RC
    November 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    you should check your disk using chkdsk,its maybe has corrupt or infected by trojan...

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

      How do i run chkdsk? my desktop is in NTFS and xHDD is Fat. i am not able to run it after system boots. when i try Chkdisk by rightclicking properties>tools>Error-Checking... it doesnt work, it says "windows was unable to check the disk"
      since its 1tb how much time will it take for chkdsk to complete? And will it surely solve my problem?

  10. Abba Jee
    November 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    it can be infected by a trojan too, sometimes ravmon.exe also bring this problem, scan ur system for viruses then run a registry repair tool too, in case if ha14, Jim Chambers's solutions not working for you

  11. Jim Chambers
    November 29, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Your file system is corrupted. What file system is on xHDD - FAT32 or NTFL? You could try this free utility- http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk - it works with both.

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

      desktop has NTFS and XHDD is Fat

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

      and this problem started from just two days

      • Jim Chambers
        December 4, 2012 at 2:38 am

        Your using XP sp2?. Why not sp3 and all the following security updates? Someone could have accessed your computer and mangled your file system or introduced malware.

  12. ha14
    November 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    perhaps because file association corrupted.
    you can try the following from winhelponline
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/lnk_fix_w7.zip
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/exe_fix_w7.zip

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

      is it for windows 7? i am using winxp service pack 2

    • Anonymous
      November 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

      did not work :(

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