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Windows 7: Can not remove Corrupt Folder my My Documents

11 Jan 2011   #51

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

Harvey Dent and robertpri -

I've run across this situation a number of times (but not many) going back more than 15 years. I have used three methods to remove the offending directory or file:

1) If a file, I use a hex editor to rewrite the corrupt portion of the file, then delete the file
2) If a directory, I use a disk editor to rewrite/remove the directory

Those two methods can be risky and are not for the faint of heart - do a lot of research/reading before trying those methods.

For the past ten years my first go-to tool to fix the problem has been a live (bootable) version of Linux.

1) Write down the exact path to the directory or file in Windows
2) Download and burn a live (bootable) Linux distro to CD - lately I use Puppy Linux 5.2 Lucid (small, fast, very easy to use) or Knoppix Linux (a staple in any sys admin toolbox)
3) Boot to the Linux CD
4) Mount your hard drive (make it available to read-write) - you can do it directly from the desktop in Puppy
5) Open the file manager and navigate to the corrupt file or directory
6) Delete corrupt file / directory
7) Close the file manager windows, remove the Linux CD and reboot to Windows

Problem should be gone.


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11 Jan 2011   #52
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Ok. I am proud to announce that I have fixed my corrupted folder issue:)

NEW PROBLEM=I have a HD from my old desktop that's on the RAW file format. I want to transfer over the files to my new laptop which is on the NTFS file format. Any tricks to transfer the files over? o_O
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12 Jan 2011   #53

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

Harvey =

Good to hear the first issue is solved - can you please post what you did / how you solved the problem so others can benefit.

Regarding your NEW issue, please start a new thread for that.

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12 Jan 2011   #54
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

I am not 100% certain if this is the reason why it worked but what I did was run a system restore then tried to delete the folder. The folder still wouldn't delete so, I rebooted & hit F8, entered Repair Your System & opened Command Prompt. I then again attempted command prompt deletion method:

DEL C:/Users/Username/Desktop/etc...

I got a message saying that the path was not found. So I ran the CHKDSK facility on the entire drive:


It ran then I rebooted & allowed normal boot. I again tried to delete the folder & poof. It let me delete it. So, I guess what needed to be done was a system restore & CHKDSK via command prompt via Repair your system but, again, Im not sure.
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