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Understanding Cycles

In an NTFS partition, a cycle is a corruption in the file system whereby a subfolder’s parent folder is listed as the subfolder itself. For example, a folder named C:\Data should have C:\ as its parent; if C:\Data is a cycle, C:\Data—the same folder—is listed as the parent instead. This creates a kind of loop in the file system that can cause the cycled folder to “disappear.”


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