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How to fix "The File or Directory is corrupted and unreadable" (Error 0x80070570)

Question by Laura89 | 17/10/2015 at 22:28

I get the following error message whenever trying to open a specific folder on my external hard drive (the other folders are working well).

Location is not available

H:\... is not accessible.

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

Even deleting the directory is not possible anymore. When I try to delete the folder, I get the following other error message.

An unexpected error is keeping you from deleting the folder.
If you continue to receive this error, you can use the 
error code to search for help with this problem.

Error 0x80070570: The file or directory is corrupted and 
unreadable.

I have tried to search for this error code, but I cannot find anything helpful. Does someone know how to fix this error?

I expect that the folder broke when I dragged the USB cable from the hard drive to early out of my computer at a time, the file has not been copied completely.

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Probably, this is an error in the file system that can rapidly occur when removing the data medium before all files have been written. Therefore, you should always use the function "Safely Remove Hardware".

Fortunately, Windows is providing the possibility to repair such errors. You can just  follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the drive using the right mouse key, for example in the Explorer.
  2. Select "Properties" from the context menu.
  3. On the tab "Tools" under "Error-Checking", click on "Check Now".
  4. Click on "Start" in the new window and let the directory be checked. You should at least select the option "Automatically fix file system errors" in this menu.

After that, the problematic files should be repaired or removed. Under circumstances, you will get the following message after the process:

Some problems were found and fixed. Any files that were affected by these problems were moved to a folder named "Found" on the device or disk. Your device or disk is now ready to use. If you removed the device or disk before all files were fully written to it, parts of some files might still be missing. If so, go back to the source and recopy those files to your device or disk.
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