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I opened up my flash drive this morning and all of my folders and files are normal, except for one folder and all its included files, which is the most important folder. The subfolders and files are renamed with bizarre characters and when I click to open them, a pop-up appears saying it's not accessible and the filename or directory name is incorrect. I don't want to reformat the flash drive because I'd lose all those files. Is there a way for me to restore it or something?

I would attach a screen shot, but apparently new users do not have that privilege. If you have a vague idea of what I'm talking about, let me know and I can email you screenshots so you can have a better understanding. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Post a link to the screenshots and somebody will modify your question for you. – Ramhound Dec 12 '12 at 12:40

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If you are lucky you could solve the problem by simply running a checkdisk on the USB drive (make sure to make a copy of the entire drive before doing this):

  1. Right-click on the USB drive
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select the Tools tab
  4. Select Check now...
  5. In the Check disk options window that will appear, make sure to select both "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors"
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This is a potentially destructive operation. In data recovery, the golden rule is to make an exact copy of the drive and work from there; put the original one away! After I'd done that, this answer is probably the first thing I would try. – Marcks Thomas Dec 12 '12 at 11:38
@MarcksThomas thanks for pointing this out, I've updated my answer :) – user1301428 Dec 12 '12 at 11:49
@user1301428 - This action can still result in data loss if problems are found. Of course data loss might not be avoidable if there is a problem actually with the drive so its not exactly the fault of the directions. – Ramhound Dec 12 '12 at 12:40
@Ramhound True, the full drive copy would come in handy in this case – user1301428 Dec 12 '12 at 12:59

Try Recuva. This may help you. I tried and it helped me.

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Please don't link to random software without instructions. To truly answer the question explain how one would go about fixing the problem with that software. – zeel Feb 12 '14 at 15:57

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