Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Random folder found on external hard disk?

22 Mar 2013   #1
Externalhard

windows 7
 
 
Random folder found on external hard disk?

So recently I discovered a file folder I didn't create on my external hard drive. in fact this the second time i found a file folder i did not create, i originally deleted the first since i didnt know what it was.

the folder name is like: oLtawA8RI6p8O

it has that same number of digits/letters in that kind of order.

the file folder is empty, 0 bytes and has a time stamp when it was created but no date. the time seems to be the same - 12:00am.

the first file folder i deleted was started at the same time i believe - 12:00am but not the same day.

the folder keeps showing up in the same folder on my external hard drive. i can access the folder but it is empty.

any ideas?

edit: i realize whenever i delete the folder it just generates another one with a different name and symbols. immediately. that happened the first time im guessing i just didnt realize it. the first folder was created in a sub-folder within another folder. the second file was created in a folder that has the sub-folder. if that makes sense.

what is this?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
22 Mar 2013   #2
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Hello.. have you ran any scans : Malwarebytes free.. SuperAntiSpyware free.. your own antivirus software ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #3
Externalhard

windows 7
 
 

not lately no. also i deleted the folders again, they reappeared. then one stayed deleted but the other remained. yes i own antivirus software. i deleted the second one, and now they havent returned.

also, i wasnt able to safely remove my external hard drive. i got an error saying some about generic volume in use. i removed it anyways, then inserted it again. then i was able to remove it safely.

this is the first time i have gotten that error however.

the folder isnt shared either.

im betting the folders are going to reappear again. what is the deal?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Mar 2013   #4
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Hi ExternalHard,

I have one also, basically it's just a user folder, the same as in you desktop under user you will see a folder with random letters and numbers. Just encyrpted user name. See if you right click on the folder and go to owner. It will be from another pc that you have been at.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #5
Externalhard

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
Hi ExternalHard,

I have one also, basically it's just a user folder, the same as in you desktop under user you will see a folder with random letters and numbers. Just encyrpted user name. See if you right click on the folder and go to owner. It will be from another pc that you have been at.
but ive never been at another PC. nothing on my computer is shared. is your folder having the same letters and numbers? remember this is only in my external drive, in the same sub-folders, again and again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #6
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Here you can see mine

Basically it's just from when you don't remove the device correctly. Which i didnt once and now everytime i click remove safely it says its been used. So try deleting it and then keep removing it safely


Attached Images
Random folder found on external hard disk?-capture.png Random folder found on external hard disk?-capture1.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #7
Externalhard

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
Here you can see mine
but that is on your main drive, not an external drive. i cant find that kind of folder on my computer, id need to know the destination.

i dont think we are related.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #8
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

No that is on my external HD


Attached Images
Random folder found on external hard disk?-capture.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #9
Externalhard

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
No that is on my external HD
you have users on your external?? the letters on mind are different. if you delete yours does a new one appear, in the same folder, with different letters and numbers?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #10
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Have just been doing some research on it a bit more. Because since i removed it without safely removing device. That folder has been there. But I have had a look and there all microsoft, some people say it's been used as cache and also updates. I just keep deleting mine. But they come back. But they are no harm. Did all scans on this and all clear.


EDIT: Did you say it reappears within a folder on your HD?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Random folder found on external hard disk?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External Hard Drive, Permanent Folder View (Folder Icon Size)
Hello, I want what's inside the external hard drive, to look the same no matter the pc it's plugged into. So, I found how to change Folder Icons permanently from another thread,.. Now, what remains is changing the folder view, or else the icons won't be clear, so is that even possible? PS. I...
Customization
External HD FOUND.000 folder won't display in Windows, will on Mac
I hope this is the right forum for this question. I have an exFAT-formatted external hard drive I use with computers both Mac OS X and Windows 7. Although the Mac has never had any issues, Windows 7 became upset a few days ago, started scolding me that the disk was dirty, and didn't let me...
General Discussion
New Folder and Found Folder on Removable Disk
Hello Forum, I have been transferring data from one computer to another. I have noticed that I have two new folders. 1> I have noticed that the folders have duplicated for some reason - maybe I copied and pasted. 2> One is write protected and the other is not. 3 > I have the situation...
General Discussion
USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk
Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and...
Hardware & Devices
[Help] External Hard Disk error: Folder Won't Load !!
Hey all, Since a few weeks I am facing this error. Whenever I try to browse Movies folder from my External Hard Disk the folder won't load !! I tried creating another movie folder in a different partition but the same problem persists there ! It only happens with the folder which contain...
BSOD Help and Support
Hard disk not found
hi i want to install windows 7, but setup can`t vind the harddisk that is needed. it can vind my harddisk with xp, but not my empty one. please help!
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:28.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App