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I have an external hard disk , just connected to another system and when i connected to my own computer one of my folders which contain photos become hidden system files AND all folders in it rename to same name !?!? and my access is denied ( Screenshot )

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I tried to change ownership but i can't

Any solution !?

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@HackToHell So what , is there any way to get it back –  echolab Mar 24 '12 at 9:57
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Scan the drive and open it in Linux and locate your files. –  HackToHell Mar 24 '12 at 10:08
    
@HackToHell sorry is there any way so i can run linux in windows , virtually i am not and expert , any linux already virtualized so i can run it in machine –  echolab Mar 24 '12 at 10:17
    
@HackToHell which version should i download Fedora , CentOS , Ubuntu , ... –  echolab Mar 24 '12 at 10:21
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@echolab . Its not important which distributions you use. but ubuntu is good –  hamed Mar 24 '12 at 11:15

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There is a good chance the external drive is infected with malware that spreads using the AutoRun / AutoPlay functionality in Windows. Unfortunately there is usually a financial motive behind such malware - it can encrypt files on your system and then show you a message demanding payment for the restoration of your data - almost like a digital version of kidnapping. If your data is encrypted and you don't have a backup, the news is not good. If the malware is less sophisticated and all it has done is rename and change rights, there is still a chance of recovery, but you are going to need to find a VERY technically skilled (and patient) friend or company to assist you in recovering your data. You aren't going to learn these skills overnight if you don't already possess them.

The best option would be to entirely erase and reformat both your computer and your external drive, and restore from a clean backup. If you don't have a clean backup, you have probably lost your data permanently, I'm sorry to say.

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It's easy to get the files back, you can skip permissions in Linux! –  HackToHell Mar 24 '12 at 12:44
    
@HackToHell - it may be easy for you - I don't think it will necessarily be easy for the OP based on their questions. I think it's best they find someone who knows how to do this for them. –  Bork Blatt Mar 24 '12 at 12:46
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Holy paranoid much? Something has been hidden and renamed unexpectedly... IT MUST BE A VIRUS TARGETING ME FOR EXTORTION!!!! ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 24 '12 at 17:49
    
@Bork Blatt nice infos thanks , i just recovered half of my files with a free recovery software , i am trying the linux option also , i can't format the whole thing it's 2 TB of data , and this happen to JPG files , i should never attached it to a computer which i don't know how up to date is it's anti virus/maleware application :( –  echolab Mar 25 '12 at 7:35
    
@techie007 because we all know files rename themselves and change permissions on their own... right? –  steve Jun 25 '12 at 20:03

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