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File in travel drive that won't delete


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#1 godzilla1347

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:29 PM

I am looking to add space to a 4GB travel drive and noticed one folder on it that won't delete (I should have titled the thread starter "Folder in Travel Drive that Won't Delete" but I can't edit the header). When opening it up, I get an error message that the file is unreadable. OK, I don't want it anyway but because it's unreadable, I can't delete it and that's frustrating! It is a photo file and takes up 90% of the travel drive. I can delete other files that aren't corrupted on that travel drive, so it's that folder that's at fault.

 

If that file can't be read, is there another way of getting rid of it? I assume I can do so from regedit but would want to make sure I'm doing that correctly.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:53 PM

Hi,

Try running chkdsk on that drive maybe it can detect the problem and fix it.

 

If you are running Windows Vista or above you need to open the Command prompt as Administrator (tutorial) then type the command:

chkdsk /f /x Z:

Note: Replace Z: with the drive letter corresponding to the travel drive.

 

After the disk check try to delete the file if not removed.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 03:40 PM

Thanks, it worked. I'm using XP but ran the diologue you had provided" chkdsk /f/ x/ H: (for the drive) and the corrupted folder was located. I was then asked if I wanted to convert it to a file and said yes (because I didn't want that folder anyway) and it was converted to a file  FOUND.OOO, which I was then able to delete and remove from the travel drive. That restored 90% of the drive.

 

Curious what the /f and the /x do?



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

Thanks, it worked. I'm using XP but ran the diologue you had provided" chkdsk /f/ x/ H: (for the drive) and the corrupted folder was located. I was then asked if I wanted to convert it to a file and said yes (because I didn't want that folder anyway) and it was converted to a file  FOUND.OOO, which I was then able to delete and remove from the travel drive. That restored 90% of the drive.
 
Curious what the /f and the /x do?

 
Good. :thumbup2:
 
The /f instruct chkdsk to fix the problems it finds and the /x forces the drive to dismount before checking recommended so the tool can have total access to the drive.


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