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Hey. There's this folder in my hard drive that contains videos and some music. Now, the files inside the folder have been working for quite a while. However, a few moments ago, when I tried opening the folder, it gave me this message:

"The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

I tried deleting the folder, but it doesn't work. It gives me the same message. Any advice on what causes this and how to delete or uncorrupt the folder?

Thanks!
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Can you delete any folder contents
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Yes, I can. I've just tried deleting some other stuff in the same partition, and there hasn't been any problems. None of the other folders or files are corrupted as far as I can tell. It's just this one folder that I mentioned earlier that I can't delete because it says it's corrupted.
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Reboot the PC just to check it still will not open

If not, run disc clean up then disc defragmenter, then try to open the folder.

If it does not open, click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

It will take an hour or so to get back to the desktop, it will appear to load as usual then the monitor will either show the progress, or go blank, either way, do not disturb this part.

You may want to run this when you do not need the PC
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I did a reboot just now, and as it was loading, the computer checked my E: drive (the drive with the corrupted folder) for "consistency." I'm not exactly sure what enabled this function, but as I caught glimpses of the scrolling lines of text, I saw that it was scanning that folder that was corrupted. It did a few things, and then proceeded normally to the log-in screen. I checked, and the folder there is gone. I guess it did delete it.

Thanks for your help, Keith. I'll definitely refer to this if I have another corrupt folder/file on my hands.
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Thank You for letting me know
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