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How do I repair corrupted files ?

I hope someone out there can help me by suggesting some file system repair tool that works with WD My Book...

Some (or actually quite many) of the files of my "Western Digital My Book" USB drive have recently become corrupted. After starting my computer today, I discovered three kind of problems with my files.

(1) Some of the folders have been replaced with a "file", i.e. the "type" of the file is "file" instead of "folder", so in Windows Explorer explorer I can therefore not navigate into the folder to get access to my files that should be there...

(2) Some other of the folders still remain as being folders and I can navigate into them but they contain **** files, for example, one directory that had about 30-50 zip-files and exe-files now contain these six "files" as in the picture below:

(3) Some other files also seem to be corrupted even though they seem okay when looking at them in the windows explorer. I do not know how many of these kind of corrupted files my harddrive have, but at least one folder of mp3 files looked okay (i.e. filename, file size and timestamp looked okay) but the files could not be listened to.

Is there any tool (prefereably freeware of course) that can help me to repair the files and folders from my corrupted drive ?
(since this drive obviously is total **** that corrupts the file system, I should be able to use the warranty but I do not want to send the drive away to someone who then will recover the files and get access to my private therefore I would want to find a freeware tool that can help me to repair the file system myself)

/ Tom

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  • DREDD10 Jun 15, 2008

    my files become corrupted all my folder was replace by file and an unknown icon i've tried almost all the best recovery tool but nothing works here what its look like

  • Lzrbolt Jan 06, 2009

    Whenever I move a file from any computer to my usb drive it gets corrupted either partially or full

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    Same problem, mine is with music files.

  • matthubbell1 May 17, 2009

    im not able to do a defrag because it says that the corrupted files are in my Temp folder, which isnt where it says in Documents and Settings.


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You can run scandisk on that drive and see if it repairs the index.

Go to my computer move the mouse to the drive.

Press the right mouse button.

Press properties.

Select the tools tab

Select error checking.

If that doesn't work you should check to see if something is going on with the power supply or the drive itself.

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Sir I am very impress your talent.Sir I am Working in Telenor office I have faceing very serious problem. My Old Excel files are Corrupted .when i want to open it they give me an Error Message "The file is not in recognized format " Plz Sir I am suffer on internet long time but I could not find any Solution.One thing Sir I got one Software ExcelFix but they are not save my Files.

Send me a solution of this problem on my E-mail address

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