Solved portable drive files turned to shortcuts

July 15, 2010 at 14:50:35
Specs: Windows Vista
i plugged in my portable drive into my computer and when i opened the drive all the files and folders turned into shortcuts and i can't find the orginal files how do i fix this because all my data is on this drive

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January 6, 2011 at 02:18:08
hi all.
My name is joe from Kenya.

My 500GB external hard disk had the same problem. All my folders were turned into shortcuts.

Weird thing was that if i used avafind (software used to search any file in your computer) to look for a file in the external HD, it found it, even opened it! but i couldn't move/copy any file. I identified the culprit as a virus/malware/spyware (not sure what it is) by the name gxkoir.scr. So i started looking for solutions. Ran a full anti-virus search, downloaded some anti malware software, nothing worked. So i just googled and found this here forum....did the attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* command and voila, it displayed all my files including the main exe. culprit gxkoir.scr

Thanks a bunch Tomek.



#1
July 15, 2010 at 15:38:22
Try to right click on one of the icons and find target.

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#2
July 15, 2010 at 15:45:11
i tried that, find target isnt a option all it gives me is Test, Open file location, Configure, and Install

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#3
July 15, 2010 at 21:10:21
Check tufenuf's # 1 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Choose the exe download from the blue box and follow the instructions to install. Ignore the 'recommended download'.

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#4
July 16, 2010 at 10:01:16
nothing happened i installed it and it had no effect on my portable drive

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#5
July 16, 2010 at 21:44:12
I don't know, maybe you should apply the .lnk fix.

Here's a recent posting of a similar problem. See if the suggestion there helps and watch it to see if other suggestions are posted:

http://social.answers.microsoft.com...

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#6
July 18, 2010 at 18:00:29
here try this first click the folder that you want to open, 2nd click on the address bar, 3rd try to erase the extension name for exsample lake .link or .ink just remove that except for the folder name, and press enter.. just try... good luck

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#7
July 21, 2010 at 06:46:54
* If you did not format your flash drive, then check whether the files are not in hidden mode.
* Click on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and click on OK.
* Here I assume your pendrive as G:
* Enter this command.
* attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
* Note : Replace the letter g with your flash drive letter.


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#8
July 27, 2010 at 20:42:36
Dude the best solution ever. 100% success... Thanks a ton!

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#9
September 3, 2010 at 21:59:22
I made a program to make this easier. Downloaded it from my website
http://franciscolopez.webs.com/prog...
Inside is a jar file and a README file. The program creates all the commands for
all the possible drive letters enabling you to just double-click one file to fix the flashdrive without
you having to type the whole command.

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#10
September 14, 2010 at 09:08:05
Tomek.....phew!!!! I almost had a heart break to think that I would lose all my ever so precious back ups, movies, songs, books, etc....your solution worked brilliantly....'Thanks man.

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#11
October 13, 2010 at 16:11:22
Thank you so much ...Judy Te -Teacher and MIS-IT Head
Your solution addresses a lot of problems especially for our teachers who thought lost their files such as their Lesson Plan and Test Question. Bravo!!!

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#12
October 26, 2010 at 12:01:11
Thax guys u ppl saved me, i nearly got an heart attack after seeing the shortcuts. thax a lot again guys for the good work. :)

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#13
December 3, 2010 at 00:16:17
hi guys i need ur help badly. all my files and folders on my flash drive have been changed into shortcuts.
i tried to recover using the 'attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* ' pescibed by tomek but it didnt work. i was told the 'access denied' for all the files that were displayed. how do i retrieve my files back?
please help. its urgent
thanks

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#14
December 3, 2010 at 00:18:26
i tried to recover using ur formula 'attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* ' but it didnt work. i was told the 'access denied' for all the files that were displayed. how do i retrieve my files back?
any other way out?
thanks
desmond

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#15
December 3, 2010 at 18:32:44
attrib_-h_-r_-s_/s_/d_g:\*.*

In the above, each underline is a space. When you type in the command don't put in the underline, but make sure you put a space there.

Also make sure you specify the correct drive. In the above, G: is the drive. Make sure you change the G: to whatever your flash drive letter is.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#16
December 8, 2010 at 06:59:24
oh tomek.. you save my life.. thanks dude.. bless your heart.. :D

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#17
December 12, 2010 at 08:01:10
You cannot vote on your own post
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i have simple method

open the drive with altap salamander,you will see the hiden file.click all the hiden file and click to change attribute.at the box uncheck hiden.click ok .and you will get all the file back.Next - delete all the 1kb file and scan your drive with antivirus and antispywere.

for more info http://pc-maintenance-tips.blogspot...


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#18
January 6, 2011 at 02:18:08
✔ Best Answer
hi all.
My name is joe from Kenya.

My 500GB external hard disk had the same problem. All my folders were turned into shortcuts.

Weird thing was that if i used avafind (software used to search any file in your computer) to look for a file in the external HD, it found it, even opened it! but i couldn't move/copy any file. I identified the culprit as a virus/malware/spyware (not sure what it is) by the name gxkoir.scr. So i started looking for solutions. Ran a full anti-virus search, downloaded some anti malware software, nothing worked. So i just googled and found this here forum....did the attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* command and voila, it displayed all my files including the main exe. culprit gxkoir.scr

Thanks a bunch Tomek.


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#19
January 12, 2011 at 10:01:57
hi....

i too got the same problem and i solved it successfully with the below code.follow these steps..

1.start
2.run
3.enter the command attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*
4.press enter
5.change the letter g with your flash drive destination and wait for 2 minutes and open the flash drive.

your data will be regained and now delete the shortcuts


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#20
January 16, 2011 at 14:21:58
Hi,
Tomek u are a flash drive saver. Thanks a bunch. I (rather my flash drive) was also a victim of these strange shortcuts. Your solution was perfect. You saved another worried Kenyan from sleepless nights. God bless.


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#21
January 20, 2011 at 16:11:26
i am abdul from nigeria.just about 1 hr ago i had the same problem with my external hdd,but honestly it solved the worrisome issue.thanks TOMEK thanks to all and God bless.more knowledge to come... in case any more news i beg princesunkanmi2001@yahoo.com

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#22
February 2, 2011 at 21:29:54
my name is bharath i have a problem of my usbport.
Actually when i connect any pendrive or cardreader to the system instead of showing the files
it is showing only shortcuts. and i have tried by formating it and when i again copy somefiles
and eject time shows cannot remove using somewhere and when i remove it like that whenever
i re connnect it again shows shortcuts. I have even tried by rebooting the system OS even but the
problem not solved.
please help to repair or overcome this problem please send me reply to bobby.sette@gmail.com
Thank you

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#23
February 2, 2011 at 22:03:23
Did you even bother to read the posts above--mainly # 7 and # 15?

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#24
February 18, 2011 at 17:33:20
I had the same problem twice, my first encounter was in 2009. I connect my portable harddrive to one of my friends computer. Suddenly all my files turn into shortcuts. I try scan with three different anti virus software, none of them works. no choice but to format my harddrive. Second time was in 2010 same thing happen, but I discovered something my computer still can read the available space and use space on that harddrive. So I figure that I still have a chance to recover all my files.

Here's how to recover your file

1 Open your file on your portable harddrive.
2 Left click once to highlight the file that you want to recover.
3 Right click and click properties

Before you continue makesure to know your portable drive location.
For an example your portable might show on (E:) Drive or (F:) Drive.

4 Modify Target. Note: if your Portable drive is in (E:)

Correct location look like this "E\My Picture
Wrong location look like this "E\sas.vi My Picture

5 Click OK

6 Go to your portable harddrive and open your files and save everythig inside the file to your computer or another portable drive. Then use Avira AntiVir to scan your infected portable drive (delete all virus found). Format after your done scaning.

7. Put everything back to your new clean portable drive.



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#25
March 9, 2011 at 12:06:58
hey man thanks much and may Jah bless you

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#26
March 12, 2011 at 05:26:41
hey
i did wht u told but wen i remove my HD n again put it . ot shows the same shortcuts wht do i do ??? plz help

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