Crazy external hard drive problem - help needed!

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rokhyboy

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Hey,

I've been told that this is the right forum to ask for hardware and computer stuff.

Anyways. I have stubled into a big issue. Somehow all my files and folders on my external hard drive have been broken. :confused:

My schoolwork, hobby pictures, everthing. They have somehow been encrypted i think, not sure. :(

Ever folder i go into looks like this:
http://peecee.dk/uploads/092008/skole.jpg

Notice the big files next to the folders - i did not have them before. (n)

If i try to open a file or folder i get this:
http://peecee.dk/uploads/092008/mappe.jpg

If i try to look at the properties i get this:
http://peecee.dk/uploads/092008/egenskab.jpg

The files and folders all have 'illegal' caracters in the names.

Everytime i use the hard drive i make sure to stop it before i take it out. I also have an updated antivirus. So i dont think these have caused the problem - not sure though.

If anyone can tell me how to recover the data from the drive it would be very appriciated. :D

Thanks on beforehand!
 

fairnooks

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It looks like a mix between Finnish and machine rep, I have no clue but have you tried it on another system to see if the problem follows the drive or not?
 

rokhyboy

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fairnooks, yes i have. I actually tried to see it on three computers, one of them was a mac. Same problem on them all.
 
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If you didn't try it on a Linux OS then I would suggest that. Linus has a habit of bypassing certain errors that Windows runs into. Just a thought, sorry I can't be of more help, but best of luck.
 

rokhyboy

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squibby --> Will try ubuntu on sunday :) will give reply on weather it worked or not sunday evening gmt or monday..
 
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