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If you did not recreate the file systems as ext4 or some other native linux file system, then the USB hard drive is probably still using ntfs file systems. Windows native file systems such as vfat or ntfs does not allow certain characters in file names. From this answer:

The forbidden printable ASCII characters are:
    < (less than)
    > (greater than)
    : (colon - sometimes works, but is actually NTFS Alternate Data Streams)
    " (double quote)
    / (forward slash)
    \ (backslash)
    | (vertical bar or pipe)
    ? (question mark)
    * (asterisk)