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Ok, there is actually 1 file reported by DIR, and the two directories contain 5 subdirectories. 21 directories if you count . and .. as DIR does. ATTRIB /s /d reports 12 entries, including the recycle bin and system volume information.

Still, 12 is not 11237. And defrag (windows 7) reported that this external usb disk was 75% fragmented. Defrag took around an hour, but after defrag the disk is 0% fragmented, and fragmentation analysis now takes seconds instead of minutes.

The recycle bin is empty (and I've deleted it to get rid of the user entries).

Question: what was fragmented? Why does chkdsk report 11237 files?

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Can we see the exact chkdsk output? –  TheBlastOne Oct 16 '12 at 5:47
If chkdsk says "11237 file records processed", that does not mean there are 11237 files. –  kreemoweet Oct 16 '12 at 6:46
System Volume Information can have all sorts of crap in it (like snapshots, system restore info, etc.) that is not listed via ATTRIB /s. Just delete this directory (and it may require some magic to do so). If you want your external USB disk to be completely empty, just reformat it. :) –  MJZ Nov 30 '12 at 22:43

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