Hard drive converted itself

March 11, 2009 at 17:01:24
Specs: Windows XP
Hey,

My computer was rebooting when it began a disk check on my 1tb WD hard drive, after about 10 hrs later i opened my hard drive to find that almost all of my "folders" data types had been converted into "file" data types. I did a check and the space used on the hard drive is roughly the same, so the data is still there, somewhere, however i cannot open any of the used to be folders, and cannot figure out how to change the folders back into folders.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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#1
March 11, 2009 at 17:07:03
See if this fixes it. Would not hurt.
Click Start, then RUN, then type

regsvr32 /i shell32

Note the space between 2 and /, & i and s


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#2
March 11, 2009 at 17:22:28
i did what you said, and it said that it was successful/completed, however i did not notice any change, and the folders in my hard drive are still files :(
thanks for help regardless

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#3
March 11, 2009 at 17:54:35
Just curious...did you partition the HDD or are you running one huge 1TB partition? I don't know why anyone would want a boot drive that large.

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#4
March 11, 2009 at 17:59:50
its just an external i bought to store music/movies/work on, it did an automatic disk check when i booted my computer, so i didnt really initiate anything, then it converted all the folders. I know its a large hard drive but i didnt really see the need to make partitions. I've started a data recovery program to try and get it all back, not sure how that will play out

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#5
March 11, 2009 at 18:40:58
It sounds like that drive probably has a 'serious' problem. The chkdsk program found errors with all those files and converted them (or parts of them). After you attempt to recover your files, you should probably run the manufacturer's diagnostics and prepare for a return of the drive.


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