Windows 7 - Windows Explorer converted a folder with photos into a file object. How do I undo this?

Asked By Kevin Flynn on 28-Jul-12 06:49 PM
After a recent hard drive crash I was working to restore files from my external hard drive to my C: drive. 
I am not sure what exact action I did but it would have been along the lines of selecting and copying.  However, instead of being able to select or copy the folder, the folder disappeard but a file onject of the same name was there.  The file size seems about right compared to what the folder size should have been.

Note - another user submitted this same question last year.  All the responses I saw indicated that this wasn't possible.  I agree it should not be possible but somehow Win Ex. did it.

If you want I can send you the file.
Peter Bromberg replied to Kevin Flynn on 29-Jul-12 08:06 AM
CHKDSK /F
Kevin Flynn replied to Peter Bromberg on 30-Jul-12 10:28 PM
I ran chkdsk /f
It deleted the folder/file entirely.  Any ideas?

I have a back up copy of the folder/file to work with.
Kevin Flynn replied to Kevin Flynn on 07-Aug-12 08:36 PM
Any additional thoughts on this?

How can I convert my archived object back into the original folder and files?
Kevin Flynn replied to Peter Bromberg on 07-Aug-12 08:42 PM
Any additional thoughts on this?

When I ran check disc it deleted the original object (the folder with files which had somehow been clustered into a single object).

I have a back up copy of the object.  How can I convert this back to the original folder and files?  I tried to perform an unzip operation and had no success (it just created a single identical object).