Two Ways to Solve “The File or Directory is Corrupted and Unreadable” Error

By Yvonne

May 14, 2017 Technology No comments

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Yesterday, my best friend said, I plug my USB flash drive to computer Windows 7, but I could not access this drive and received an error message that saying “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.”
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Now, what should I do? Besides, can I see the wedding photos stored on the USB drive again? Can I reuse this USB drive again? I need help!!! Who can give me a hand?

Here, firstly, I recommended she stop using this USB drive immediately in case of overwriting the original data.

Second, I said: you should get lost data back before removing out the error.

Here, if you don’t care about money as well as data security, you can ask for data recovery companies for help. Otherwise, you can try a piece of free yet professional data recovery software equipped with high security to recover lost data, Here, maybe, you can try Free MiniTool Power Data Recovery since it enjoys more than 20,000,000 downloads. According to a survey, by using MiniTool Power Data Recovery, we can recover lost data without affecting the original data.
1) Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and select a suitable data recovery module like Damaged Partition Recovery in the main interface.
2) Select the drive whose file or directory is corrupted and unreadable and click Full Scan button.
3) Preview, check and save needed files.
Finally, after recovering needed files, you can try the following two different solutions to remove “the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” error.

Solution 1: Check and Repair Errors to Fix “The File or Directory is Corrupted and Unreadable” Error
If you encounter the error message that saying “File or directory is corrupted and unreadable,” you can check and repair some errors.

Carry out Chkdsk to check and repair errors
Step 1: Click “Start” button, search “Command Prompt” from Search programs and files.
Step 2: Right-click Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator“.
Step 3: Type chkdsk /f h: and Press Enter. (Here h is the drive letter whose file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.)
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Step 4: Type Exit and press Enter.

Alternatively, if you don’t like typing commands since you are unfamiliar with diskpart commands, you can try a professional partition magic to check and repair errors. Here, if you still haven’t found a suitable one, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard because of its clean interfaces and straightforward wizards.
1) Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard.
2) Select the target partition whose file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, and choose “Check File System” from the Check Partition group or Partition menu.
3) Choose Check & fix detected errors, and then click “Start” button.

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Solution 2: Format Drive to Fix “The File or Directory is Corrupted and Unreadable” Error

If there is no bad sector, you can format the disk to fix “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” error after recovering lost data.

1) Open Windows Explorer, right-click the drive whose file or directory is corrupted and unreadable and then choose Format feature.
2) Specify needed file system; allocation unite size and volume label. After that, click Start button to start formatting.

Note: once clicking Start, you will receive a warning message saying “Formatting will erase ALL data on this disk. To format the disk, click OK. To quit, click CANCEL.” Here, you just need to click OK button to do the formatting.

Tips: sometimes, users may encounter this error message: “Windows was unable to complete the format” while using Windows Explorer to formatting drive, as shown below.

Here, to complete the formatting disk, you can try another excellent tool to do the formatting. For instance, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard. As a piece of green, professional and free partitioning management software, MiniTool partition magic can effectively format the drive with ease.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 2: Select the drive whose file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, and choose “Format Partition” feature from the left panel.
Step 3: Set partition label, file system and cluster size for the selected partition and click “OK“.
Step 4: Click “Apply” button on the top to apply the change to fix “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” error.

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