I transferred about 50GB of video files to my sandisk usb drive. But I have noticed all the files have been placed in pictures/.Gallery2/recycle The files names have all been renamed to long strings of random numbers and letters and dont display correctly. If I right click and open with a video player they work fine. Is there some reason this would happen and any way I can reverse it? Any help would be appreciated.
Being in a hidden folder and a subfolder named recycle sounds to me like a Windows folder used for files being deleted. Not a SanDisk problem, more like a video app or Windows problem.
Where were the files originally before being copied and what did you use to copy them?
I copied from my laptop to the USB drive. Just drag and drop. The files still open with the open with option but they just have all these weird names. If I transfer back to my laptop they still don’t display properly. I think afterwards when I used the drive on my laptop I had a message saying the drive needed to be repaired. Maybe that has something to do with it.
I suspect you didn’t use Windows’ Safe Remove option when removing the USB drive and the FileAllocationTable got screwed up.
On a Windows’ Command Prompt run a CHKDSK command for the USB drive.
If you still have the drives on your laptop I recommend deleting them off the USB drive and the folders they are in then recopying them from the laptop and using the Safe Remove option before removing the drive.
Connect the USB pen drive or flash drive to PC. Step 2. Open Windows " File Explorer" > Go to “Tools” > “Folder” Options > Go to the “View” Tab > Check " Show hidden files , folders, and drives". Finally, click “Apply”. . .
Thanks for the help but the files are not hidden. They have just been moved to this strange folder and renamed with random numbers and letters. I have just realised if I manually rename the files .mov they display correctly with the thumbnails so it seems the files are intact and I will just have to rename them all.
Happy to hear you can rename the files and they are working for you bagpuss. I recommend you move them to a different folder, something like pictures/MyMovies then delete the /Gallery2/recycle and /Gallery folders.