Shared folders gone from dir yet available

February 25, 2011 at 12:40:18
Specs: Windows XP
Three shared folders on the 2003 file server disappeared. I tried viewing hidden files, searching using command line, nothing. Yet, the users can still use the folders if they are still connected to the folders. I have people actively saving files to the share as if nothing was wrong. I just can't see them on my server side. It is not possible to reconnect to the folders once disconnected from them.

Can anyone shed some light into this? Are the files gone or are they still there? Is it possible to regain the view from the server side? Do I need to call the Ghost Busters?

Thanks folks.


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#1
February 25, 2011 at 13:00:24
Are you you using DFS with Namespaces. If so the folders may exist on another file server some where. Although, if you where using DFS, if you deleted the folders on one server it should have deleted on the other servers unless the server that they where deleted on in no longer communicating with the other servers.

In any case, I would backup the folders from a computer that is still connected and recreate them. I would also look at the drive mapping and see what the UNC path is for that mapping to confirm what I said above and to help you locate your files.


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February 25, 2011 at 13:02:01
Are you running DFS? If so those folders are on a different server.

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February 25, 2011 at 13:04:40
No DFS. This is a single non-AD workgroup based file server. The folders disappeared and I cannot locate them via Windows Explorer or UNC path or CMD commands.

YET, users are still using them if they are still connected to them. Once disconnected from the server they can't connect to it again. Reconnecting to the shares is not possible even if you had rights or are the Administrator.


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#4
February 25, 2011 at 13:08:00
If the shared folders had been deleted they would not be able to use them still, correct? As in save to them, store files in them, etc use the shared folders...

I just can't tell what state these folders are in: deleted or still in the computer.


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#5
February 25, 2011 at 13:08:41
If they don't exist the rest doesn't matter.

Restore from backup?

Then consider removing full access rights or enable auditing so you know WHO deleted the folders off the server.

BTW these were deleted from a workstation not at the server. Deleting from a workstation does not put the deleted files/folders in ANY recycle bin. They are simply gone. This is why you don't see them in recycle bin.

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#6
February 25, 2011 at 13:14:29
Thanks for the suggestions wanderer.

Here is an hiccup to the suggestions: I need to disconnect those "ghost shares" so that users can no longer use them.

Any suggestions for that?


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#7
February 25, 2011 at 13:15:54
Since I can't see the folders on the server side, I can't delete them and they continue to be available to users. So this twilight state that they are in is a problem.

I already recreated the files so that is not an issue.


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February 25, 2011 at 13:19:45
reboot the server would be my suggestion

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