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Old 03-22-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy Character encoding problem for filename in ubuntu

Hi! im new to linux, and right now i, only using a live dist of ubuntu 6.10, this is my story..

I was runnig Windows XP on my comp, but yesterday my disk, started to sound like a chainsaw or something, i shut off my comp, restarted it after a while, but i got the infamous BSOD, my disk was still sounding like it gonna break any second, so i figured out some ways to rescue the data on the disk, so i put in the live dist cd of ubuntu, mounted the ntfs partition and started to make backup on my USB memorystick.. so far so good, but here comes my problem..

im swedish and got some files named with , in this case the file: Krleken & sommaren2.flp

linux displayed the filename like this in X:
K?rleken & sommaren2.flp(invalid encoding)

i cant copy it cuz linux cant understand the filename. and i cant rename it cuz its a readonly disk (NTFS)

Is there anyway i can get linux to understand the filename as it is?, or any other way to copy it, like an id/hash or something like that?

Please help! im in a big crisis.

//Annoyed swede

Last edited by xenthos; 03-22-2006 at 12:28 PM.
Old 03-22-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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Your better option is to put this broken disk as a secondary disk in a working Windows XP instalation and copy/backup all data you can before the disk becomes unusable.

A kind of topic, I got very good results, twice, after I heard about a way to put a defective disk to work just for a few minutes, time enought to save your data. You may heard about too. It is about put the disk in the fridge. Sounds like an urban legend, but it worked for me ! If you interested, take a look at

good luck


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