Weird folder/filenames that will not delete

There is a folder on my WD 149 GB Passport Flash drive who's properties show it to be using 10.5 GB of memory. The Read Only attribute was set, unchecked it.

The folder's name is "PSE Catalog v6 backup" and I created it when I upgraded  Photoshop Elements from v5 to v6.  

The folder contains 3 sub folders and 7 files, all with names that contain strings of weird characters.  

The dates connected with these folders and files are also weird; like 2016, 2070, 2021, 2084, 1984, etc.  

The file types are weird too.

The strange thing is that when I try to delete them I get this fatal error:
"Error Deleting File of folder":

"Cannot delete [followed by a string of weird characters]: Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify correct path and file name.".

There are 4 folders in the folder in question and they all have strings of weird characters for names.  They are all empty.  I know this from checking their properties, because they will not open.  

When I try to open them I get another fatal error message: "G:/PSE Catalog v6 backup" that says:
"G:/PSE Catalob v6 backup\ [followed by a string of weird charactors] is not accessible.  The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect".

The files in the folder are large, 5 in the GB range the other 2 in the 200MB range.

There were hundreds of image files in the folder too, but I was able to delete them.

My question is: How do I delete them???

In the worse case scenario I could reformat the drive, but does this type of drive have application software on it, that the drive uses?
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the drive may have software on it, but it is not required for the drive to function. if you do not use the software (example: password protection or encryption) you can pull off all the data you want to keep, format the drive then copy your data back to the flash drive

Check this out, it runs through your drive and ensures there are no file errors/corruption. Sounds like you have a corrupted folder.

Hope this helps!

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Shanmuga SundaramDirector of Software EngineeringCommented:
open explorer. right click on that drive and click on the tools tab and click check now. Ensure that you are not seeing any issues while checking if it doesnt report any errors then there is nothing to worry about your drive. if possible try running scandisk to resolve this issue.
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^ Scandisk is not part of xp. Its 'chkdsk', although similar in nature.
mikecox_Author Commented:
Bingo, it was simple, I didn't need to go to the next and it removed all the corrupted files whiles files were, apparently "cross linked"
mikecox_Author Commented:
Well I did have to go to the net, what I meant was I used a utility on my computer to resolve the problem.  All those files are now gone!

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