First, some background. I have a GoClever Orion 785 Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) tablet which I have been happily using for over a year. I am using an external SD card which I use to store data (music/pictures/docs/pdf). For cutting/pasting files I use the ES File Explorer app that was supplied with the tablet. I periodically connect it to my laptop via the USB lead to back up the data. After over a years' use I noticed it becoming sluggish and more unstable, so I performed a factory reset and reinstalled/updated the apps I use most. There was a marked improvement.

Now, when I connect to my laptop, and view the external SD card with Windows Explorer prior to backing up, I see that all the folders are shown multiple times (around a dozen or so copies). Looking in these folders, the files icons primarily show as blank - as if the file type is not recognised. It is almost as if these are archived backup versions. Consequently, it takes some time to locate the genuine folder for backup purposes. These duplicate folders do not show up when viewed within Android using ES File Explorer. However, most of the images shown in the Gallery are blank - presumably picking up the file copies. The same occurs when viewing the music files within ES File Explorer - but they cannot be deleted within that app.

As all the files were backed up, I decided to try deleting the "archive" folders within Windows Explorer. Not a success, as only a handful of blank images/videos at all are visible within Gallery, and none at all within ES File Explorer on Android. I note the latter now has a Recycle bin, but I have been emptying this, and I have since tried disabling this option.

So - my question is, can anybody suggest what is causing these duplicates, and how can I stop it recurring? Hopefully before I start accumulating more data.

  • Do those "duplicates" show in ES when you enable "show hidden files" (this option is turned off by default in ES file explorer). If not, it might well be a driver/Windows issue – and those "blank images" a result from accessing the device via Windows.
    – Izzy
    Dec 9 '15 at 17:49
  • When I enable "show hidden files", a single ".estrongs" folder becomes visible within ES file explorer. However, there are 15 such folders showing within Windows Explorer. Similarly, there are 15 LOST folders (a single LOST.DIR within ES). Unusually, I can still access files within folders called PDF and Music on Android, but these no longer appear in Windows, following my editing session. Even more crazy, I have just noticed that the internal SD card no longer shows any contents when viewed via Windows. Time for a reboot of both machines, I think. Dec 9 '15 at 18:37
  • That at least. But your description definitely sounds like a Windows/driver issue – as those "duplicates" don't exist on the Android end (we just proved that).
    – Izzy
    Dec 9 '15 at 20:20

Files are only showing on your laptop but not in ES File Explorer because those file names have a dot before their names such as .Aptoide, .wynk, etc. This means that they are hidden files and explains why they are not showing.

If you want to see them, go to ES File Explorer and enable `show hidden files in the left toolbar.

  • Thanks. I'll try that if I see the junk re-accumulating. Dec 9 '15 at 16:43
  • The issue seems to be different, Shadow – see comments on the question. ES can show hidden folders (this just needs to be enabled in its config). OP did that, and those "dupes" are not there on the Android end. So nothing Cleanmaster could do in this context.
    – Izzy
    Dec 9 '15 at 20:22

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