Question about Maxtor 160GB OneTouch III Mini USB 2.0 External 160 GB Hard Drive

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Copied files disappeared as soon as they were copied over

I cut/pasted pictures into a file on my Maxtor external mini harddrive. As soon as I hit copy, I attempted to rotate them right side up. I received an error that it would not rotate because it was a read only file (i had just hit copy and had not changed any of these settings). The error prompted on all pictures and then they disappeared. I cannot locate them anywhere on the computer. Out of the pictures left in the folder that I had just copied, I attempted to rotate another separately. It gave me the same error and then another several pictures disappeared. I tried to perform a search and they cannot be found. They also did not end up in my computer's recycle bin. It's as though they disappeared. Please help! I cut them from my memory card so they are no longer on my camera. Thanks! Melissa

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  • southerng391 Apr 13, 2009

    I tried to rotate several at once...it was odd. i received the error pop up for each picture and had to close out of the error (i've never received that before)...then about half the pics i had selected to rotate just vanished. as i tried to perform searches not knowing where they went, i tried to rotate a single picture in within the same original group and several other pictures disappeared. I had cut them from my camera memory card as i normally do and pasted them into that file...i cannot go back to copy one at a time now.



    i'm attempting your next suggestion...i am in Vista in my computer, but i don't see the Tools option....please advise...appreciate all your help!

  • southerng391 Apr 13, 2009

    sorry...im sure you know what i meant, i just read it and i meant to say i have Vista and I am in My Computer but i do not see the Tools option...thanks again

  • southerng391 Apr 13, 2009

    okay...i found it by using help. still no sight of the pictures that disappeared...i noticed that the folder is marked read only but so are others. it's as though it defaulted that way when it was created without me doing it. do you have a suggestion on what i should look for next?

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Did you try to copy one picture file to your mini harddrive then change it properties to archieve only? After that you can rotate it freely without that annoying message.

If that does not go as expected. Could be virus infection. Both your miniharddrive and your computer is infected. Some do it by changing it properties to read only then hide it.

You should first start disinfecting. The files can be view by clicking tools in My computer then set to view hidden files then start exploring your minihard drive. Some infection only affects picture files.

Just for the thought.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

  • fougzki Apr 14, 2009

    Hello, so you are using vista, my apology it didn't come that in my mind to ask. Your right, its odd that it behave that way.

    As I say its normally when you highlight a picture file then rightclick, you can rotate them in an ease. If you are using laptop the problem connected to it is when you are using touchpad instead of the regular mouse coz it can create human errors. That's why I always use a usb mouse and turn off my touchpad function. One problem is its space sometimes you make your files transferred to other folder by accident.

    But in your case, the way it behave is something connected to a virus infection. Some virus make a copies of files and then hide the original one. Some targeted pictures files only.

    Disinfection is suggested. Update your virus definition file then scan for sign of infection.





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Alrighty, I finally found the handy file undelete utility which I have successfully used in the past to undelete files on flash cards. The file is Restoration.exe, and it doesn't use an installer. Thus it is a completely stand-alone program. The author of this program says that it is compatible with all Windows OS through XP. It probably will work with Vista too. The program also is compatible with NTFS as well as FAT32 file systems. Here is a link to CNET.com where you can download it and then use it to try to recover the deleted files on your flash card:

Restoration

Once you have recovered the files on your flash card, copy and paste them to your hard disk. I never do cut and pastes from flash cards for fear of accidentally losing files. Copy and paste, and once you have verified that the files were successfully copied to your hard disk, then delete the files on your flash card if that is your preferred method. Yet I prefer to put the flash card back in my camera and then do a quick format of the card in order to delete all files on the flash card.

Anyway, hopefully this restoration utility will allow you to get those deleted images back. :-)

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