Unable to open individual folder

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv1000 notebook...
November 21, 2009 at 05:26:11
Specs: Windows XP (2002) SP3
Hi,
I have a strange one for you. I created a folder on my desktop and saved files into it. Now the actual folder seems corrupted and when i double click it, it asks me to browse for a program to open it. Obviosuly, no progam allows me to open it successfully. I've tried adding the *.folder ext to it but still no go. I have scanned my reg and all seems fine, and all other folders open perfecty. This just happened out of the blue to this particular folder so i'm boggled on how to resolve it. I've some important files in this folder so any help or info that you can provide is appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Chris.

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#1
November 21, 2009 at 06:11:57
What type of files are they and what program is associated with them.

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#2
November 21, 2009 at 06:21:55
Hi,
The files contained within the folder are some text files but mostly pictures *.jpg.
I've tried to open folder via dos, but without success.
To open any folder, i assume that 'explorer' openes them, but as this corrupt folder is now showing up as a 'file' any associated program that windows asked me to open with are all no good.
Is there a way i can point to 'explorer' to recognise it as a folder instead of a file?

Thanks,
Chris.


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#3
November 21, 2009 at 06:39:26
If it worked at one time, you could try a System Restore. Do you have backups of the contents?

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#4
November 21, 2009 at 06:50:39
It might be an idea to run check disk.

Gui:
My computer > right click on disk > properties > tools > check now
check "automatically fix errors" and "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" and hit start.

Cli:
(where X is the drive letter, probably C)

chkdsk /r /f X:


Both will either run or ask if you want to schedule a scan on reboot, if it asks to scan on reboot answer "yes" and reboot.


It may not fix the issue but it's worth a try.


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#5
November 21, 2009 at 09:28:16
Hi Grasshopper. Thanks for the info and a good idea to do a system restore however, i tried the date which is the most recent but unfortunately i had not created the folder at that date and no, i do not have a back up of this particular folder.
Judago, i did the check disk as you described but again the corrupt folder remains. Its a strange one for sure.

Thanks again,
Chris.


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November 21, 2009 at 09:44:44

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#7
November 21, 2009 at 10:07:41
Cheers, already did this reg edit, but my problem is specific to an individual folder.
What program opens 'file folder'? Maybe when i am asked to browse programs in which to open it will open it for me. Any idea where i can locate' explorer' to attempt to open it?
Cheers,C.

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#8
November 21, 2009 at 10:13:03
Should be:

c:\windows\explorer.exe

Provided windows is installed to c:.


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#9
November 21, 2009 at 10:24:49
Some light. This opened one of the files (.jpg) contained in the actual folder.
I've been messing with this too long so am going to cut my losses and accept that the folder is unrecoverable.

Appreciate the help.
Chris.


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#10
November 21, 2009 at 10:37:04
One last thought, if it's opening in the image/fax viewer you could hit the "copy to" button(floppy), then hit "delete" button(red "x") and repeat.



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#11
November 21, 2009 at 20:32:44
hey, i know you said "i give up", but I'm just really curious, as i have not seen this problem before. since you've moved on, i won't be offended if you don't want to continue msg-thread.
that said...

"I've tried to open folder via dos, but without success."

what method did you use to try to open the folder? what is the result if you do "dir /s *.jpg" from either the root (assuming c:\") or from the parent directory? (if you have masses of jpg files, apply "find" to filter assuming you know at least one probable filename f/e xx.jpg:
dir /s *.jpg | find /i "xx.jpg"
Also to consider is possibility that if it happened once, it could recurr (not to jinx you or anything!) I would just be curious to get the issue resolved. it seems like the folder's "directory" attribute bit (bit4 i think) has gotten switched off making it effectively a "file". Also, in "dos" (cmd window), if the folder shows up, and you type "attrib foldername" (from the parent dir), does it show a "d"?
sorry to ask so many questions...


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#12
November 22, 2009 at 03:13:43
Hi nbrane,

Thanks for your post. Yes I am really curious as to what happened also but I spend all day on it yesterday so I investigated for resolution but without success.
So to open the folder which now shows up as a ‘file’ in properties with its icon as the ‘unknown type’ I tried opening it with:
Dos: Invalid directory and then folder is not recognised when tried to open directly. I used your ‘attrib foldername’ and it returns an ‘A’ so I cleared that using ‘ATTRIB -A’ but again folder will not open. As for the find option, I am not 100% on any of the file names so cannot do an accurate search.
I understand that it may happen again as you say, but this is the first time that it has ever and I am hoping that it will not again
You are probably correct in that the bit has been changed, Bit 4, so it doesn’t know if it’s a file now or a directory. Is there a way to set the bit to directory instead of file?

Appreciate any help or info.
Thanks, C.


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