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I can't open the files on my SimpleDrive 500gb external hard drive. It only shows the one file, $AVG8.VAULT$, which is only 24 bytes, but Poroperties indicates it has 112 of 465 GB of Free Space.

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    I stated that "Properties indicates it has 112 of 465 GB of Free Space". That means I have 353 GB of files that I can't open. I need to be able to access and open these files. This is my point.

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The file you mention is used by AVG antivirus. Probably for quarantine purposes and so on.
You will find that file on all drives if you are using AVG.

This should not affect any other files on the disk, unless they were infected with a virus and have been placed inside the VAULT file.

You really need to use AVG to access the file and its contents if possible.

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