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[*] posted on 15-4-2018 at 06:14
You can safely delete a shortcut. For the data on the flash drive, there are recovery utilities that can recover accidentally deleted files, provided, of course, you haven't attempted to write to it yet.

[*] posted on 14-4-2018 at 20:27
Originally posted by Katzy
If memory serves, the small gold lock icon in Windows 7 indicates that the file or folder can only be accessed by you and not any other user on your computer...

Yes, that's what my own research shows, but the LARGER problem is why this particular "file" [to include whether or not it actually is a file, ORperhaps, a folder] has wound up where it is all of sudden, i. e., it's in an "abnormal" location.

I, which I should have done to begin with, took a peek at its Properties, and discovered it is a shortcut (image attached).

Relevant History Re An Exact Type Of Such An Occurrence: I have a USB hub with 6 flash drives; I noticed, last week, that one of the drives had in its list of files, which I learned after the fact, i. e., the hard way, was a shortcut to another flash drive. Long Story Short: I deleted it, and in the process deleted ALL the files on the drive that it was 'pointing' to; to compound the felony, NONE of the deleted files were in the Recycle Bin; I had in effect erased the entire flash drive. Needless to say, I don't want to erase my C: drive since it's my local drive.

I posted this topic to see if anyone had any idea why this is happening. Apparently not. I think my best bet is to leave this file listing alone, and not play with fire cause I could wind up with a disaster. As previously noted, I have zero idea what I could use for the wording of a search re hits that could explain all of this.

[*] posted on 14-4-2018 at 19:16
If memory serves, the small gold lock icon in Windows 7 indicates that the file or folder can only be accessed by you and not any other user on your computer.

Or, you may have encountered BitLocker. https://www.howtogeek.com/192894/how-to-set-up-bitlocker-encryption-on-windows/

[*] posted on 14-4-2018 at 02:40
It's related to file permissions Next to useless in Windoze, but a pain in the derrière when playing with Linux, only 'cause you've got to take ownership first, which is a good thing. Prevents some unfortunate mistakes.

[*] posted on 14-4-2018 at 02:22
Originally posted by scholar
...Total Commander for many years..

You didn't happen to make a back-up of some kind, did you?

I used Total Commander 10+ years ago; but that's a good idea re see what it produces.

There was a Restore Point created when I did the Windows Updates, and I could always try that too.

I don't make a system OS backup for all the wrong reasons. I do make data files backups frequently and so a crash is not a total disaster re the reinstall OS route.

I happen last week to dig out an old small capacity IDE HD that I didn't know if it still worked (and it's slow compared to SATA HDs). It worked re installing a Win 7 OS (from my Win 7 install CD) but the updates that it needed took hours re all the ones that MS has published for Win 7 and MS Office 2010. The .NET framework ones in particular have a large number of updates for all the .NET framework versions that MS has never bothered to "collate" into just one version.

[*] posted on 14-4-2018 at 00:59
If I wanted to check whether there is a problem with Explorer, I would try another file managing program.

I have been a fan of Total Commander for many years, and use it when I have a choice. Some of my programs might be using Explorer or something from Explorer when navigating drivers, directories and files (e.g. my word processing programs, when they seek a document to load).

You didn't happen to make a back-up of some kind, did you?

[*] posted on 13-4-2018 at 21:12
To begin with, I'm posting this topic for 2 reasons, (1) I have zero idea what I could use for the wording for a Google type search for it, & (2) I would like to find out if it's of any real significance.

All of a sudden I have in the midst of my Explorer files, a "C Drive" [my local HD] listing, and about 1/3 of the files now have a lock icon/symbol next to the file name (first noticed a few days ago).

If I click on this C Drive, the screen jumps around, but that's all that happens as far as I can tell. I did Google the lock symbol, and it appears to be no big deal re it's significance.

I'm not experiencing any problems that are noticeable on this PC, but I'm wondering IF the best solution is to simply leave well enough alone until some major goes wrong, i. e., this issue may be an early warning sign of some kind of a developing problem, but it's, as a practical matter, a wait and see type issue since an effort to "delete/modify/whatever" it may really cause a major mess.

I do have a shortcut for this drive on desktop, but that's been there forever.

There was a Windows Update earlier this week, but I couldn't possibly determine if there's a connection.

The image is what I'm seeing.