symbol folder and files on ex-hdd

November 5, 2011 at 08:53:33
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Turion TL-52 / 2GB ram
I am having trouble getting rid of a folder full of folders and file names made up of symbols off my ex-hdd.

I had connected it to my xbox to watch some movies through it (as my laptop cant play them anymore) and then re-connected it to my laptop to find this folder.

I did download a game demo to the xbox but my ex-hdd isnt configured to the xbox so it cant save stuff to it, but i think its from that, but not entirely sure.

I have tried numerous programs (lockhunter, moveonboot, killbox) to try and delete said folder but i keep getting the same messages,

"the file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect"
"the file name you specified is not valid or too long"
"the file is not longer in directory. please verify location and try again" or it just cant do it.

Some of these folders are "hidden" as well but i can still see them when i open the folder.

In the properties part of the whole folder it says its a massive 47GB in size but it seems not to have taken up any space on it as the gauge at the bottom of the hd on my computers page hasnt moved
.
Here is a pic of what im trying to explain about the files, folders and symbols etc, just incase anyone is confused,
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/...

Any sort of help will be appreciated, but i dont want to reformat the hard drive as it has all my music and films on it, as i have no space on my laptop for them.

Thanks

Lee


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#1
November 5, 2011 at 09:10:06
Have you tried to run error checking on it?

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#2
November 5, 2011 at 09:16:59
Forgot about that one, yeah i have ran that on it.

It will attempt to convert to file but it will only get to 73 or 75% then just stops.


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#3
November 5, 2011 at 10:53:24
How long do you let it sit "frozen?" 8 hours?

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#4
November 5, 2011 at 11:12:48
If I'm picking you up properly, the chkdsk only lasts a couple of minutes then i can re-type another command in, or take it out.

It just stops without saying if anything went wrong or displaying an error message.


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#5
November 5, 2011 at 11:48:23
Chkdsk only lasts a couple of minutes if nothing's wrong. If it has to fix something, it'll take hours to a day depending on how much needs fixing, and it probably won't tell you what it's doing. You have to go by the drive activity light, assuming your external has one. Start the check, wonder off, and check back in the morning.

Also backup anything you care about on the drive, because that backup might soon be your only copy.

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#6
November 5, 2011 at 12:27:33
Right ok, looks like im gonna need to get a load of new dvds to back everything up then and thats gonna take a few days =/

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