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Windows 7: Can folders become corrupt?

06 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Can folders become corrupt?

Can folders become corrupt?

I had a normal copy and a backup copy of a main folder that has numerous subfolders.

I used RapidCRC to create a sfv file of the normal copy.

I then used the sfv file to check the CRC of the backup copy.
For some reason, I keep getting Error 3. If I click descr, it gives
"Error Message
Windows gave the following description of the error:
The system cannot find the patch specified."

This same error happens if i do it the other way around - sfv file of backup copy then check CRC of normal copy.



So I decided to recreate a replica of the two main folders and their subfolders from scratch. Then I moved the files over one by one. When I repeated what I did earlier on, this time round, RapidCRC didn't give any error. All files were CRC correct.

What could be wrong and causing this kind of folder corruption?
The problematic folders were created in my previous PC. I copied them over to my new PC when I bought the new one and I haven't touched them in a long time.


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06 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Everything can (and if it would be for Murhpy will) go wrong at some time for a number of reasons (HDD controller faulty, electromagnetic interferences, malware etc.
What you can do until you're certain, something needs to be replaced (easier than copy, create SFVs and then compare
Tera-Copy which can be set to copy or move from the context menu and also does a CRC check of the files involved. I use it constantly to shovel stuff onto my external drives

Copy your files faster with TeraCopy

-DG
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

May not be due to folder/file corruption.

When you do a full folder copy. Some things may get left behind in old folder, or new files created in new location.
These are hidden system files, not the files you want. (ie. Thumbs.db or Desktop.ini).
IF this happens, the CRC check will fail because the folders are indeed different.

Not saying this is what is happening, but it is a possibility.
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11 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Everything can (and if it would be for Murhpy will) go wrong at some time for a number of reasons (HDD controller faulty, electromagnetic interferences, malware etc.
What you can do until you're certain, something needs to be replaced (easier than copy, create SFVs and then compare
Tera-Copy which can be set to copy or move from the context menu and also does a CRC check of the files involved. I use it constantly to shovel stuff onto my external drives

Copy your files faster with TeraCopy

-DG
Teracopy only copies files right? I'm actually looking for a diagnostics tool to find out what is wrong with the folder and what caused it to turn weird.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
May not be due to folder/file corruption.

When you do a full folder copy. Some things may get left behind in old folder, or new files created in new location.
These are hidden system files, not the files you want. (ie. Thumbs.db or Desktop.ini).
IF this happens, the CRC check will fail because the folders are indeed different.

Not saying this is what is happening, but it is a possibility.
There are no system files in there. I've disabled hiding of files, including OS system files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

TeraCopy copies/moves and checks the copied/moved folder in the process with a CRC check.
It doesn't tell you why something went wrong only if.
Right now I can't think of a tool that would aid you in your task.
Copied files/folders will be corrupted either if the harddrive or the HDD driver/HDD cables fail (if your HDDs have SMART capabilities...that would be something to look into) or if the used cache gets damaged (either through malware, defective windows components or faulty RAM (which will eventually lead to BSODs)

So I would take measures to eliminate those possibilities to zero in on the reason why.

-DG
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