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Undeletable folder in external hard drive

February 12, 2011 at 10:46:32
Specs: Windows Vista

I have a Buffalo HD-CEU2 1 Terabyte hard drive. It likes to randomly delete large files of mine, but at other times, there are empty files that it refuses to delete. I have tried both unlocker and lock hunter, and neither have worked. Are there any other suggestions?

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#1
February 12, 2011 at 11:39:24

dr delete or move on boot might work for you

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#2
February 12, 2011 at 11:48:30

Are you using encryption feature that came with the drive? Look at the link below for features of that drive.

http://www.buffalotech.com/files/pr...

You should read the user manual to determine how the encryption works. Your folders may all be present but not available.

If the folders actually have been deleted and not overwritten you can recover them with recuva. Get recuva at the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#3
February 12, 2011 at 12:30:19

No, no encryption features at all. It just does this randomly. I've coped with it by having two separate back up external hard drives. When they're deleted, they're definitely gone. I've checked, and the memory is complete wiped.

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#4
February 12, 2011 at 12:37:47

When I try to delete the file in question with both programs, I get: the filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect.

The file itself looks to be completely corrupt, the name is an odd box an a D together.


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#5
February 12, 2011 at 12:44:59

Right click the file and choose properties. See what attributes are checked.

Is the external formatted FAT32? If so, and you copied a file larger than 4GB to it, it will become corrupted.

If you can't delete the file then try moving it or renaming it.

Can you see the file size?


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#6
February 12, 2011 at 12:52:51

Can't be renamed or moved. I just tried both.

The file size has a discrepancy. When it's listed in general, it's 0kb, but in details, it's 168 MB, which is odd.

Ah, the FAT32 might explain it. It is a FAT32. How should I make sure that this doesn't happen again?


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#7
February 12, 2011 at 13:15:18

Only a problem if you try copying files larger than 4GB. The only prevention is to use NTFS file system, which doesn't have that limitation. FAT32 is primarily used on external drives for compatibility with older versions of Windows (Win98) and other operating systems. NTFS is more efficient in the use of the space on the drive.

The 4GB file size doesn't appear the be the problem in this case.

Sometimes files are deleted and ghost listing remains until you exit. I assume that is not the issue here. Have you tried powering down the external and starting it back up?


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#8
February 12, 2011 at 13:23:21

Well, I just replaced the folder the FAT32 hard drive deleted from my NTFS back up. The copying was fine, even though the folder contains more than 22 gigs. However, it seems that it's always my large folders that slowly die out over time. I usually find out after turning it on and finding the folder(s) deleted, randomly erased for no reason. Sometimes corrupt files remain, and those are the undeletable files I'm dealing with now.

I've managed to use unlocker to whittle it down to this last corrupt file, and it's resisting everything I know. I guess I'll just have to deal with this until I save enough money to buy a new 1 terabyte hard drive that's not FAT32.

Thank you for the help. I've learned a lot.


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#9
February 12, 2011 at 16:58:56

I don't think the issue is with FAT32. That said, you can convert FAT32 to NTFS on the fly.

One issue if you are deleting folders without first deleting the files is this. If you have too many layers of folders it can create problems.

Did you try the suggestions in #1 above?


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#10
February 12, 2011 at 19:22:35

Yes. Let me copy what I wrote:

When I try to delete the file in question with both programs, I get: the filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect.

The file itself looks to be completely corrupt, the name is an odd box an a D together.


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#11
February 12, 2011 at 19:29:56

Didn't know for sure what both program you were referring to.

You didn't indicate if you check the attributes of the file. Right click and choose properties.


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#12
February 12, 2011 at 19:35:05

Ah, there are no chosen attributes. It is neither hidden, read-only, or an archive.

This is a mystery.


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