WDTV Live Turns Files into Folders and How to Recover them
Lately, WDTV Live has been corrupting my external hard drives. Random files (movies, pictures) will turn into a folder that cannot be modified nor deleted. I’m glad there has been a fix.
I love my WDTV live! It has been my TV’s partner for a long time now and it is still going strong. Two hard drives later; I noticed a weird problem. WDTV has this tendency to not allow ejecting of the drive (similar to safely remove hardware in PCs). This means that the only way I can get it out is to power off the machine and risk corrupting my drives.
This happens a lot and when I plug my drive into the PC; it would ask for a scan/fix because there’s a problem. This problem just goes away on its own but there’s a deeper problem.
Files are turning into folders. These folders cannot be deleted. These files cannot be modified. They are just there. Once a file has converted into a folder; that file cannot be read and if it was a movie file; then say goodbye.
I thought a reformat will solve the trick so I reformatted my drive and did a full chkdsk as well after reformatting. It worked for a few tries but a few days later; the files are turning into folders again.
I have searched for answers while this is detailed in this thread; there hasn’t been no official response from WD and only workarounds have been posted.
It is a long thread but if you want to jump directly into the workaround; just visit this link.
and use the file. I don’t know what magic it does but it does convert the corrupted folder files back to their original state.
This isn’t a permanent fix as it doesn’t stop them from converting back to folders but at least you can convert it back. I’m posting this now as a reference in case this happens again.
Till next time,