Files Names Changed Into Long Nothing


New member
Jan 5, 2023
Over the past year, I've moved my picture and video files between cloud storage and external storage using my Macbook Pro. I've cleaned up over 5000 files to make sure there are no duplicates and so on. The problem is, ALL of the file names have changed to long strings of numbers and letters. Here's an example;


All of them are the same length and the original files (Pictures & Video) are untouched and working fine. Any ideas about what happened and could there be a solution to changing them back to the original names?

Thank you!
Hi @Phoophan, welcome to CF.

I have to say - this does sound pretty odd. What cloud storage system were you using, iCloud or something else?

When the file names changed were they saved locally or on the cloud?