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Gray X on some desktop files?

  1. #1


    Palm Desert and Sacramento, CA
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Professional

    Gray X on some desktop files?


    I have started seeing gray x's covering a corner of some but not all desktop file icons. The files seem to operate. Is this a problem or identifying something about these files?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello wrkeen, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Is this only with shortcuts by chance?

    Please post a screenshot showing this to see if it may better help ID what the issue may be.
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  3. #3


    Palm Desert and Sacramento, CA
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Professional

    Gray Xs


    These gray X's do seem to be on shortcuts. I never noticed them until a couple of days ago. I don't know if I attached the screen shot here or not.

    screenshot.docx
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  4. #4


    Palm Desert and Sacramento, CA
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Professional

    Gray X's Solution?


    I may have an answer to my own question.
    I found an article on Windows 7 forum indicating that these gray x's my be overlays indicating that the files are archived on tape and therefore very slow to access. If that's what they are, I don't know what archived to tape means, but the files do not seem especially slow to access compared to some without x's (e.g. iTunes).
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    From your screenshot, it's not your shortcut arrow overlay since they are in the screenshot as well.

    This is what I found below. Are you archiving the files with the gray X on them to tape?


    Gray X: This overlay means that the file has been archived to tape and will take a very long time to access.
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  6. #6


    Palm Desert and Sacramento, CA
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Professional

    Gray X solved


    That's it Brink . . . thanks!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    LOL, looks like we thought of that at the same time.

    Archived to tape basically just means saved to a tape drive.

    Do you have a tape drive, or accessing these files from a network location that has them on a tape drive?
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Gray X on some desktop files?
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