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Chkdsk converted folders to files!


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mikeyyz

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Hi,

My flash drive was acting up so I ran chkdsk on it and now it has converted almost all my folders on it into files. I really need those folders. Can you please help me get them back?

Also is there a way to restore files deleted off another of my flash drives?

Thank you very much for your assistance!

Michael
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Troy

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Hello,

Sounds like in both cases you need to either restore from a backup (you should have a backup), otherwise you are looking at data recovery. Some people have had good success with Recuva.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Cheers
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Generally, when you see folders converted to files, it means they were corrupted, and chkdsk, in an attempt to recover as much as possible, converts the folders (and other corrupted files) into files that can be read with Notepad. I don't know of any way to convert them back and your best bet is to use Notepad to try to rebuild your files, or a file recovery program as Troy suggested. But I would not put out much hope for either.

Why did you run chkdsk on the drive in the first place? What do you mean by acting up? Generally, when any drive starts acting up, the first thing you try to do is copy off any files you don't want to lose. Of course that advice is a bit late now. :(
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Generally, when any drive starts acting up, the first thing you try to do is copy off any files you don't want to lose. Of course that advice is a bit late now. :(

That is, based on the all-too-common situation of not having backups of important data already in place.
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So true - and to expand it further, based on the all-too-common situation of not having "current" backups of important data already in place.
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Thanks guys!
The recovery program was fantastic.
Much obliged.
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Wow great news! Now make sure to back everything up. :spoton:
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Will do. Once again, thanks!
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