The Case of the Reappearing and Duplicating Files

By hbates ·
Okay -- this is bizarre.

I have a client who is running Windows 2003 SBS on a fairly nice server, with a RAID 1 mirrored pair of 160 GB SATA hard drives. The server performs very well ... normally.

A couple of weeks ago, the client had some problems installing Service Pack 2 for Windows 2003 server. I stepped in, and after wrangling with the machine for a time, I got the service pack to install, and everything seemed to run fine.

Now however -- one of the partitions on the server -- the "D:" drive -- whenever you delete a particular file, after a variable amount of time (a day, a few hours, etc.) the file reappears. Not only that, but the computer is also duplicating folders and placing the duplicates inside of other folders on the drive. So, if we have a User folder, suddenly, that User folder is not only on the root of the drive, but also within several of the other folders on the drive as well.

I have checked the machine for viruses with both CA (which is installed on it) and with TrendMicro's Housecall, and it came up clean in both instances. I also thought it might be a problem with the hardware mirrored RAID array, but on rebooting the server, the hardware controller said that the RAID state is "Optimal."

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? The client is very tech savvy, and he is somewhat amused by the whole thing, but we'd still like to figure it out. Thanks!

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