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I have a folder in a external hard disk created from linux.
When I try to open that directory from Windows, I can't do it.
The name of the folder is 2013-? with a special character who in Windows we can't open.
How to rename this folder from Windows 7 to open it? It exists a command line in DOS?

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You can have fun trolling a wannabe Windows sysadmin by creating files that end in a dot eg: echo Trolololol > \\?\C:\cant-touch-this. Only someone who knows the quirks and hacks of the Windows path parser can delete it :D Even scandisk/chkdsk won't report any errors. – Mark K Cowan Jul 11 '14 at 14:52
And before my previous comment creates a "how do I delete this" SO question, del \\?\C:\cant-touch-this. is the solution. The ` \\?\ ` namespace prefix disables path parsing, which preserves the trailing dot. This /might/ work for your ? character problem too, but I wouldn't bet on it. – Mark K Cowan Jul 11 '14 at 14:53
  • Option A: Run Scandisk Explorer -> Properties -> Tools -> Error-checking - this should / could fix it.

  • Option B: Download TotalCommander and use this to rename the files

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