My Windows 7 Enterprise computer has been crashing fairly frequently recently, so I decided to boot up in safe mode and run the TrendMicro client I have installed. It froze about 10 minutes into the full system scan, so in the spirit of http://whathaveyoutried.com, I started scanning each folder individually. When I got to
ProgramData, the AV failed with an uncaught exception. I then went down a level and tried scanning
Application Data, which failed as well. Imagine my surprise when I open the folder just to see the same folder again!
As far as I can tell, this folder loop continues indefinitely. (If you are trying to recreate this, keep in mind that
ProgramData is a hidden folder.) I'm actually a bit concerned that these are system folders, as this is a brand-new computer with a clean installation.
I guess I have three questions:
- Has anyone else seen/experienced this before? I'm running Win7 SP1.
- How do I fix this? I've run
CHKDSK \Fwith no success (although it was incredibly slow).
- What are the ramifications of an infinitely recursive directory? Theoretically speaking, each link takes up memory, so shouldn't I have no space available on my hard drive? (I've got about 180GB left.) I noticed that the tree view on the left only shows the "linked folder" icon on the deeper folders--does this mean anything special? (I've circled the icons or lack thereof in red.) How can the OS even resolve this aberration? And above all, what would happen if I were to select "Expand all folders"??? :P