|all the document (data) files on my usb drive are corrupted. i have no other copies and these files are very very important...some for work and some personal. when i open the usb drive the folders are still named correctly but when i open the folders the files and folders inside have changed to weird characters so they are inaccessible. i cant open anything.|
one basic thing to try is running chkdsk but i couldnt do it...i think the drive has to be locked first and i don't know how to do that either.
i checked the usb drive on another computer and its the same...all corrupted. i also tried to change the filenames to .doc or .wpd files but it wouldn't let me access them to try that.
the drive is a cheap import from china! but i have been using it fine for almost a year.
please can anyone offer any advice on how i might retrieve these files...they are all still there and the sizes are listed. i just need them to be changed back to their original file names and extensions to open them.