Hmm... that's funky. I guess the settings for the backup didn't specify to check for previously existing versions.
Um... I'm thinking we could still do this via script and just use FORFILE and have it delete everything with an @ symbol in the name. Can't imagine why you'd have any other files that would have that symbol in there legitimately. Do the folders have that naming convention as well? Or wait, it didn't dupe any folders? Just duped all the files within the folders?
Okay, if that's the case--that the @ symbol is present in all of those files--I have a script for you. Just let me know what drive letter your WD is.
For other geek reference, here's how to do it:
forfiles /p G: /s /m *@.* /c "cmd /c del /q @path"
Tells it to find all files in the G: drive including subdirectories which are named anything with a @ with any extension.
If you think you're up to doing it yourself rather than me transfer you the file, here's how to make a batch file out of that:
copy that line I posted into a Notepad file. Change the G drive letter to whatever drive letter your WD is. Do a Save As, change the Save As Type drop-down at the very bottom from Text Files to All Files, then save it as DelScript.bat (or whatever you want, it just has to have a .bat extension). Then just double-click the DelScript.bat file and it will go through the drive and delete everything with a @ in the name.
Yeah, you just have to know how to alter the path correctly which can be a little tricky. Can I make a suggestion? Copy all the files in that folder you provided the screenshot of, right? Now go to your WD at the top level and make a new folder named Test. Paste all those files in there. So now alter the script to say this:
forfiles /p G:\test /s /m *@.* /c "cmd /c del /q @path"
It's just a lot easier to test if the folder you're using to test is one single word right on the root of the drive.
I found a somewhat easy way to do it manually, going large folder by large folder and using the search function to find all the uses of @
It lists folders first then files, so I've been going through the file list and deleting the "clusters" of dupe files.
forfiles /p G:\test /s /m *@.* /c "cmd /c del /q /e @path"
Also, go into your Folder Options and recheck the options to Hide Hidden files and also System Files.
Actually that won't do the trick--gimme five minutes
if all of the files are in the System Volume Information folder on your external drive, it's all pretty much useless information and can be deleted without being selective. you should go into your system properties and turn off system restore on that hard drive and then take ownership of the folder to delete it (run command prompt as administrator by right clicking, navigate to the folder and type takeown /r /f "System Volume Information").
I'd also configure your backup software to exclude that folder as well as other system folders* from future backups if it's configured to do so (just in case), but it sounds like windows decided to take that drive over.
unless your backup program is creating clones or images. but I'm assuming it's backing up individual files.
You can't whack System Volume Information on a drive that's being used as a backup. Volume Shadow Copy, dude.
In general it's just a stupid idea, but particularly here it's silly.
Okay, THIS should actually work. Curious to hear the results though.
forfiles /p G: /s /m *@.* /c "cmd /c del /a:-s-h /q /p @path"
Is this true in every browser or just one?
I don't know shit about Macs.
My daughter is complaining her Macbook is "running really slow". She's had this thing only about 2 years and it is much slower than it used to be. I have spent my professional career with windows machines so all my instincts (malware, defrag, etc) are apparently wrong for a Mac. If I believe what I read on the internet.
She uses the machine for typical college kid stuff, writing papers, researching websites, netflix, facebook. She is not doing any graphic or processor intensive gaming, in other words.
So now my guess is she's got a bad spot on her hard drive so I told her to back it up and go to the Apple store and see what they say. but if any of you geniuses have any ideas spit em out.
Yeah the genius thing annoys me. If they're such fucking geniuses why are they working at the apple store? and why are they so chaotic and disorganized?
Click the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner and type in Disk Utility, it should bring up an application by the same name for you to click on.
Once you're in Disk Utility, on the left hand pane there will be two (maybe more, but two that we care about) icons that correspond to the main hard drive--one is for the actual physical drive itself and then a second one nested underneath it for the partition installed on that drive.
Click on each of them, they will produce different little buttons down below for what you can "Repair." One will have a "Repair Disk" option, the other will have a "Repair Disk Permissions" option.
You'll want to run both of these. If you hear a lot of grinding sound while these are running, the HD is probably on its way out. But sometimes just running these by themselves takes care of it.
Did it work or at least help?
dunno, i emailed it to my daughter, doubt she's had a chance to try it yet.
it didn't do shit.
I owe you a beer anyway.
There's a couple other things to try short of going into the Apple store, but they require things like discs and stuff. She's just gonna have to bite the bullet and go deal with the moron geniuses.