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Cyclic Directories

Posted on 1999-09-09
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Recently found a cyclic dir on a portable 1.2 gig HDD, we
use on the bench to store files for rebuilds etc.. This directory has a mirror of the root in it, which has the dir
again and again. Like holding a mirror up to a mirror !!
 Thanks to DOS, it only goes 10 levels deep. But if you delete a file anywhere in it, that file/dir is deleted all
through the hdd, and I don't want to wipe the whole thing out. So,

 How does this happen ?  Virus ? Haven't found one..
 How do I get rid of it without wiping the drive..

 I'm not new at this stuff, and I've never seen this before.
Question by:Redneck090999
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Expert Comment

ID: 2035609
well, what platform are you on?  If it were me, i'd go into the mirror thru win95(assuming that's the platform) and invalidate the mirror by pointing it at something else..


Expert Comment

ID: 2035704
The directory tree is broken..
Install Norton Utilities and run Norton disk doctor and do a check on all drives on the hdd.
Or you could tray the windows utilities chkdsk or scandisk, but Norton disk doctor is probably better

Author Comment

ID: 2038539
We know, the dir is broken.
My question/s was and still is,
How did it happen, and how do I fix it..
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Expert Comment

ID: 2039502
Perheaps reading below "The directory tree is broken.. " would give you some clues about haw to fix it.Btw each of the 3 programs i specified can help you
"without wiping the drive.. " ,
How it happend?Green men from outher space experimented on yo system!
Seriosly theat can't be answered, meybe a virus ,meybe the windows itself meybe you didn't "Properly Shut Down your computer" as windows crays when you hit the reset button .

Accepted Solution

sanjaygupta earned 150 total points
ID: 2040398
It happens due to bad clusters entry into the fat area sometimes. You have no other solution to format the disk and install the softwares again. I have faced this type of problem in India in my harddisks quite often. If you keep on experiementing with tools you will be loosing the data. Try to take the backup of important data on other machine first and check it works fine then format this and reload the softwares.

Author Comment

ID: 2040847
Thank you, I was hoping to find someone who has seen this
and run Scandisk etc. Yes disk utilities tell me it's there
But, until I can make some room to offload the good data,
I was afraid to let them try.
I've tried manually deleting a small sub DIR, deep in the
line, from the fat, and it still deleted throughout the drive. Fortunately, the data is not repeated, just the file and dir names. This alone, is costing me about 50 meg of space. As soon as I can save my data, I'll be able to ex-
periment some more, and maybe some help if I ever run acros
this again. Until then, I'd like to keep the question open,
and see if I can get some more input. I may be able to de-
termine if it was/is a virus/thorse etc. Right now I'm
afraid to poke around too much...


Expert Comment

ID: 2042818
It is not the virus but take your backup immediately otherwise you may loose data.

Author Comment

ID: 2043836
Guess I better close this thing out. I was hoping for more
response, but maybe, like me, I've been dealing with PCs since before we even had DOS, and never seen a directory tree do this. It may be several days till I can find time
to offload, but, before I'm done with the HDD, I will know
more than I do now.

Thanks all, Redneck..

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