- Sep 13, 2007
- Northern VA suburb of Washington, DC
That certainly explains a lot. Thanks!Since Windows Vista, when a file is moved to the recycle bin, Windows renames the actual file $R<random>.original extension. It also creates a sidecar file named $J<same random>.original extension. The side car file holds the original path and name, date deleted and logical size of the file that was moved to the recycle bin. In order to determine the original name of the $R file, you need the respective $J file.
To follow up on that, even though Windows was displaying the thumbnail and the file's original filename, it couldn't find the file. Bizarre.