D drive files missing, but shortcuts work

Dell Dimension 4600 desktop
March 29, 2011 at 21:18:30
Specs: Windows XP
This is quite frustrating and I'm not sure how it happened but I'm having folder/file access issues on my D (data) drive. I've just noticed recently that any attempt at opening folders is greeted with a delay and a couple of folders are now empty where they weren't just days ago. When I double click on the now empty folders, I get the following message:
"The disc in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format?"
I'm puzzled seeing as I haven't messed with any of the partitioning or assigning drive letters, etc (I haven't a clue how that works). Also, certain actions eg, deleting certain media files, backing up data, give me the following warning:
"Cannot delete renders: data error (cyclic redundancy checks."
I've scanned my computer up and down with no infections or registry issues of any kind to be found. I do believe the problem is my D drive is going. The strange thing is there are programs on the D drive that are missing, yet the shortcuts to them still open up the programs. Basically I can't get to them except by way of the shortcuts. How is that possible?

Thanks in advance,

See More: D drive files missing, but shortcuts work

Report •

March 30, 2011 at 06:37:16
Hi Lefky..! Your problem seem to be fit with this solution...please read and follow this instruction...
* Solution 1
The best way to deal with this is to never set user permissions or ownership
on drives which will be shared between computers. You need to set group
permissions and ownership because they will be retained across computers.
Here's how to do this:

1) Connect the hard disk to your laptop.

2) Go to Windows Explorer, right-click on the drive name, select Properties,
and then click on the Security tab.

3) Click the Add button, type "Everyone" (without the quotes!), and then
press Enter. Now click on the Everyone name you just added, then click the
box which says "Full Control", and then click OK.

4) Repeat step 2.

5) Highlight a name other than Everyone (Owner, system, etc) and click
delete. Repeat this with every name other than Everyone. What you want is
the only name in the "group or user names" box to be "Everyone".

6) Click the Advanced button, click the Owner tab, and change the owner to
"Administrators". Then check the "Replace owner on subcontainers" box and
click OK.

7) Click the Advanced button again, check the "Replace permission entries on
child objects" box and click OK. Once complete, click OK to return to
Windows Explorer.

You should now be able to connect the hard disk to your desktop -- or any
other XP computer.

* Solution 2
The following error message may be displayed on your Windows XP Professional computer when you attempt to open or access a folder, but are unable to do so:

Folder is not accessible. Access is denied.

Cause of the Error

This problem occurs when all of the following conditions are true:

* You have recently installed or upgraded your system to Windows XP.
* The folder you are trying to access was created on an NTFS file system volume that was created by the previous Windows operating system, before Windows XP was installed.

The access denied error message, in this case, may occur even if you provide the correct user name and password information. This happens because the security ID of the owner of the folder in the previous operating system changes when you install Windows XP Professional.

Some of the cases in which you may not be able to access a folder after installing Windows XP Professional are:

* The volume of the actual or target My Documents folder is changed to another volume before the installation.
* Primary partition is formatted during the installation.

Resolution Method

To resolve the access denied error message, perform the following steps to first Simple File Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder generating the error:

1. Open the My Computer window.
2. Display the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
3. On the View tab, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box in the Advanced Settings section and then click OK.
4. Right-click the folder that is generating the error, and then select Properties.
5. On the Security tab, click the Advanced button and then display the Owner tab.
6. Select your user name in the Name list and then select Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
7. Click the OK button.

The following error message may be displayed:

You do not have permission to read the contents of directory Folder_Name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
8. Click Yes and then click OK.

The permissions and security settings will now be reapplied to the selected folder and its contents.

The following error message may be displayed on your Windows 2003 or Windows 2000 server computer when you try to access a file that is located on an NTFS system volume:

Access is denied.

The error may occur even if you have the required NTFS permissions to access the file.

Cause of the Error

This error occurs when you are trying to access a file that has been encrypted by another user.

You can find out whether the file is encrypted by performing the following steps:

1. Open Windows Explorer, and then on the View menu, select Details.
2. Display the View menu again and then select Choose Columns.
3. In the Choose Details dialog box, select the Attributes check box.
4. If the Attributes column displays E for the file you are trying to access it implies that the file is encrypted.

Report •

March 30, 2011 at 07:45:08
Not sure why CuteYuth is recommending you remove the drive and connect it to a laptop you may or may not have. :) Is your D drive a partition on your main HDD, or is it a separate physical drive? Normally, the "not formatted" message will come up when you try and access the D drive, and not when you try to access folders ON the d drive.

Where exactly are the program shortcuts pointing?

Report •

March 30, 2011 at 14:56:52
@CuteYuth: Thanks, but I only have the one Dell desktop pc, no laptop.

@Jennifer SUMN: I believe the D drive is a partition on the main HDD.
Strangely enough, I only get the "...format disk" message when clicking on a select few folders on the D drive, most open without a problem.
I placed a handful of programs in a folder named "programs" on the D drive; I had to due to dwindling room on the C drive. It's been fine for years, up until very recently. The shortcuts are in the upper left shorcut tray and are linked to the "programs" folder on the D drive. The curious thing is they still open up their respective programs on the D drive, but when I open up said folder, it's empty. So, I can't figure how these programs are still accessible using the shortcuts if the programs appear to be gone.


Report •

Related Solutions

Ask Question