Ghost files in sharepoint library. Cannot copy files because invisible file already exist
Posted on 2009-12-30
I am having a weird issue with our sharepoint document library. Our users have access to a document library with forms and often used documents from different department. The other day HR called me and said most of the forms in their folders and subfolders where gone. The document library can be accessed either by a network drive or through the sharepoint portal.
When I checked, indeed, the forms (Word Documents) where all gone. I tried to copy them back logged on as the main admin and each time get the "Cannot copy <filename>. the parameter is incorrect". If i changed the file name, then the file copy with no issues, Once I have copied the file and tried to rename it to the old name, then I get another error "Cannot rename <filename>. A file with the name you specified already exist. Specify a different file name". This is where I am confused as there a no file in the folder. I am logged on in sharepoint as the domain admin with all the rights and also show hidden files and I cannot see any files.
Also we do not use versionning. Any help would be appreciated. Not sure where those "ghost" files are or how to get them to be visible.
We use sharepoint 2007 spanned on 3 servers. One for the SQL database, one for the Sharepoint App itself and one for the frontend (Webportal)