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Anonymous
August 26, 2005 11:37:01 PM

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There is a program called Better File Rename that will allow you to rename a
file to begin with a . which explorer will tell you is an illegal file name.
I recently did this and then had a hard drive crash and Im not sure if this
could be the cause of it. Im wondering if it may throw off the file
allocation tables because they are trying to allocate a file with no name,
just an extension.
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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August 27, 2005 2:13:46 AM

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"Jaren" <Jaren@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

|>There is a program called Better File Rename that will allow you to rename a
|>file to begin with a . which explorer will tell you is an illegal file name.
|>I recently did this and then had a hard drive crash and Im not sure if this
|>could be the cause of it. Im wondering if it may throw off the file
|>allocation tables because they are trying to allocate a file with no name,
|>just an extension.
|>Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

No, it wouldn't effect the FAT, it's the OS that has a problem with
the file naming not the HD.
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Anonymous
August 27, 2005 11:03:04 AM

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"Trax" wrote:

> No, it wouldn't effect the FAT, it's the OS that has a problem with
> the file naming not the HD.
> --
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster
>

Could it have caused my hard drive to crash or is that just some crazy
coincidence?
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August 27, 2005 11:24:38 AM

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Jaren wrote:

> "Trax" wrote:
>
>> No, it wouldn't effect the FAT, it's the OS that has a problem with
>> the file naming not the HD.
>> --
>>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster
>>
>
> Could it have caused my hard drive to crash or is that just some crazy
> coincidence?

If you are talking about a physical problem with the hard drive, then
the answer is "no", this is coincidental with your operating system
problems.

Malke
--
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www.elephantboycomputers.com
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Anonymous
August 28, 2005 3:16:45 AM

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On Fri, 26 Aug 2005 22:13:46 -0700, Trax <Pennywise@DerryMaine.Gov>
wrote:

> "Jaren" <Jaren@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
>|>There is a program called Better File Rename that will allow you to rename a
>|>file to begin with a . which explorer will tell you is an illegal file name.
>|>I recently did this and then had a hard drive crash and Im not sure if this
>|>could be the cause of it. Im wondering if it may throw off the file
>|>allocation tables because they are trying to allocate a file with no name,
>|>just an extension.
>|>Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
>
>No, it wouldn't effect the FAT, it's the OS that has a problem with
>the file naming not the HD.

Actually, the operating system has no problem with filenames that
start with a period. For whatever reason Explorer thinks that you
made a mistake when you rename a file to start with a period, but
cmd.exe (the command line) doesn't care, and once you've renamed the
file on the command line you can manipulate it as usual in Explorer.

Or so my quick tests have shown.

So I think we can be certain that the OP's crashes are not caused
just by having files that start with dots. Now if he had renamed a
particular critical file, such as boot.ini, of course that could
well make the machine fail to boot.


(The word is "affect", by the way. To "effect" something is to cause
it; to "affect" it is to influence it.)

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