Solved Loads of duplicate folders acting like shortcuts

June 28, 2018 at 01:58:32
Specs: Windows 10
This is happening on my external HDD that I used for backing up my files before a factory reset. http://prntscr.com/k0avvo
On the factory-resetted computer, the folders won't open because it would say that they are corrupted.
But on this computer, the folders work.
The folder is "Program Files (x86)".
I did a factory reset due to an unexpected problem in my computer that made my windows stop working. Happily, I had an Ubuntu dual boot on my computer so I copied all of the files from my computer to the HDD and then I factory resetted it. I downloaded some of the the pre-factory reset files to the computer but "Program Files (x86)" wouldn't open. Are the duplicate folders the reason to this.

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#1
June 28, 2018 at 03:07:56
I do not know how it happend, all i can think of is compatability issues with your ubuntu file system (NTFS) versus the default wind10 (FAT32).
But thats not me wild guessing.

I could write a script to find & delete duplicates, but i suggest you first try something else:

This program can fix your issue quite well & securely, tho ive never used it before nor do i know if it is free or not.

https://www.duplicatecleaner.com/in...

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June 28, 2018 at 14:31:54
Windows 10 does not use FAT 32, it uses NTFS.

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June 28, 2018 at 20:32:14
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Windows has used NTFS as default since Windows XP.

You cannot copy back the Programs Folder since the programs need to be installed, not just copied back as if they were simply files. They need all kinds of Registry entries as well as all of the links to where the other components are to be found. So it does not really matter if you cannot open a copy of this folder you placed there since it is useless anyway.

The only way to restore your system completely with programs installed as you like them is to make a Disk Image of the drive as soon as it is exactly how you like it. Then store the Disk Image away for the extreme day of need that we all hope never to need. Once you reimage the corrupted disk (or a new one), you restore your back ups and you are fully functional again. This though is too late for you to do once it is corrupted or damaged (or fails) so you have to fall back to the Factory Restore or clean install.

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


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