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WD elements external hd--one bad folder/file

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Hi I have just one folder on my WD elements external hd that gives the following error when I try to click on it, open it, delete it, etc.: "the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable." I've checked around for what to do about this, but most trouble-shooting relates to when the whole drive is bad and won't open . . . . My problem seems to be w/ just this one folder. I guess I'm fine w/ either recovering this folder/file or finding how to simply delete it.

-The folder has (had) an .avi file that was open when I did a "hot unplug."
-So apparently it did not like that--though this is the first time I've ever encountered this kind of result.
-WD diagnostics says everything is OK and catches not one bad sector or any other errors.
-But Windows check disk (scan & recovery of bad sectors) will not complete past "phase 2."
-I guess it would be more comforting if I could get windows check disk to work on the external hd, too.
-But I'm not up for anything that may cause me to lose everything on the hd and/or reformat it. (Data is backed up, but there's just so much that I'd rather not go through a whole transfer when, again, it seems to be just one bad folder/file.)

Any advice? Thank you. As always, I sincerely appreciate the help here.

Sys. Dell Dim. 3000
Windows xp, service pack 3
Intel Pent. 4
512 MB RAM
WD Elements Ext. HD, # WDBAAR5000ABK (also listed as WD5000BEVT in WD diagnostics???)
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