Solved How to recover my USB external hard drive folder changed to

February 20, 2018 at 15:09:28
Specs: Windows 7
Few Folder on my USB external hard drive folder changed to FILE. it is randomly happened on difference sub-folder. what is the cause of this problem? how to recovery the data file on those folder. Those changes happened on few sub -folders. Thanks, my USB external hard drive is WD

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February 20, 2018 at 16:54:09
When you go to properties on a folder it should list it as File Folder as type.
Try it on different computer to see if it is the same there.
What happens when you try to open it?
Do you regularly use 'Safe To Remove Hardware' before unplugging it?
Scan your computer with Malwarebytes with the drive plugged in.
You should have a back up of all of the files on the drive or it should be a back up for an internal hard drive so the files are always in at least two places. If you store files on an external drive that does not fit or is not on your main hard drive then make another type of back up like a series of DVD's. For desktops computers a large second hard drive for storage will allow you to use the portable drive for back ups and portability. For laptops it is not as easy but you can clone the drive to a larger hard drive and use that for the main drive because most laptops do not have a second drive bay.
You can try a data recovery program like Recuva to see if it finds the individual files that should have been within the folder. If they are found, recover them to the main drive or another external drive so you do not lose any more files than necessary (in other words do NOT save anything to the drive until after you are satisfied that you have recovered as much as possible from the drive (saving files may overwrite others before recovering them)).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 22, 2018 at 06:58:34
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Someone solved this using ZAR:

You must select another drive (your main one maybe) to recover the folders to but you might not get them all back.

If you succeed then save any other files/folders on the external drive which have not changed, reformat it and put the data back. Keep your files elsewhere for a while in case the external is near end of life.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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