Solved Files on my ext hard drive are shown only as short cuts

July 21, 2012 at 03:53:25
Specs: Windows XP
When I click on one, this message pops up 'Windows cannot find 'bb1c582_l.exe' But thankfully it also opens the folder in another window, and another one with the title of the folder which only shows a black screen (with a blinking cursor). But this happens only on the netbook (running on XP). When I try to use the hard drive on my desk top (running on 7 ultimate) it shows the error message saying cannot find.

I tried scanning the hard drive with Malwarebyte but the scan gets hung at some particular point forcing me to terminate the program. I tried opening CMD and keying in 'attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*' but I get this error message 'Access denied - E:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S........'

Could anyone guide me through this problem? Thanks a ton in advance..


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July 21, 2012 at 07:02:10
First establish that the external hard drive has not failed by testing it with SeaTools for Windows. Click "Downloads" on this page:

You can test any brand of hard drive with SeaTools. External hard drives typically have a higher failure rate than internal drives, usually because the interface converter board fails, not the actual drive. In that case you need to remove the drive from it's enclosure and fit it into a third-party one (or fit it internally inside a PC).

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July 22, 2012 at 23:02:59
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it is an type of virus that encrypt all your files into shortcuts. you only have the way to format the drive

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July 29, 2012 at 21:13:05
Sorry for the late response phil. It seems that the drive is okay, and more like a virus attack

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July 29, 2012 at 21:14:58
Yes, it seemed like a virus. But that good thing was that I could access the files from one single computer. So eventually I ended up transferring all the data on to another hard drive and did not lose any data at all. Phew!

I can now format the one with the virus.

Thanks for all the help.

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