Problems Reading Saved Files With Unicode Names

From: Nicholas Dinh (
Date: Mon Jul 12 2004 - 01:00:25 CDT

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    I think I have a problem that is related to unicode translation. I have
    some files with filenames saved in unicode with special characters. This is
    fine as I can open it. The problem began when I had to reconfigure my
    computer system and backed up all my files. To do this, I backed it up to a
    read-only CDROM. So far so good (but big mistake).

    However, I guess my CD burning software does not support unicode or does not
    recognize the files with unicode characters in the filename and does not
    warn of this. Thus, when it wrote to the CD, it converted some file names
    to something like MY??FILE.doc. Because the filename was automatically
    converted with "?" characters, it is considered and invalid file name and I
    can't open this. Reading the Microsoft knowledge base, I found that to
    bypass this problem I must change the name to something in regular ASCII.
    Problem is, the file is now "read-only" in the CD. I can't even copy it
    back to the hard drive to change the name because it gives me an error
    message. The CD is my only source for the original files.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on how I might be able to salvage these files?
    I've tried to save it to other media too (like flash memory cards) but it
    still did work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Best Regards,

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