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Unrecognized Folders

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by john21o, Mar 8, 2015.

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  1. john21o

    john21o Thread Starter

    Mar 8, 2015
    Some folders on my pen drive no longer show up as folders and seem to be unrecognized files (see link for screen shot). One of these folders is important. Any way to fix this?

  2. EBSchrader


    Jan 28, 2001
    Have you tried to right click on them and check out properties? I assume each folder contained files, which you can't reach now. Have you searched for the individual files?
  3. Keebellah

    Keebellah Trusted Advisor

    Mar 27, 2008
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    They don't look like folders anymore.
    Probably an error in the pen drive's FAT table.
    I suggest you use the good old chkdsk command
    Open a command prompt

    chkdsk [driveletter of your pendisk] /F

    e.g. chkdsk D:/F

    chkdsk /? to see all the options
    Checks a disk and displays a status report.
    CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]] [/B]
      volume          Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                      mount point, or volume name.
      filename        FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation
      /F              Fixes errors on the disk.
      /V              On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
                      on the disk.
                      On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
      /R              Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
                      (implies /F).
      /L:size         NTFS only:  Changes the log file size to the specified number
                      of kilobytes.  If size is not specified, displays current
      /X              Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
                      All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid
                      (implies /F).
      /I              NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
      /C              NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder
      /B              NTFS only: Re-evaluates bad clusters on the volume
                      (implies /R)
    The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by
    skipping certain checks of the volume.
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