[solved] the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable
Today evening i logged into my computer to but for my horror drive g: was corrupted and everything was changed when i clicked on any folder it was showing the error message "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" i was totally pissed of because it was around 30gigs of important data see the below pic how the folders and files in corrupted drive looked click on the image to enlarge
after googling for a while from microsoft kb site i came to know that This behavior can occur if the file, folder or file system index (Master File Table [MFT] or File Allocation Table [FAT]) is damaged.
solution was simple just to run the chkdsk to repair the damaged files and folder file system index just followed the simple steps see below and issue got fixed
1. Click on start and click on run
2. In command prompt type chkdsk/ f g: (drive g: in my case) and press enter
3. Click ok, thats it you are done
it takes time depending on your hard disk size and data in drive, in my case for 30gigs of data it took 5-10 mins see the below pic after running the chkdsk i was able to recover the data in the harddrive G: click on the image to enlarge
Warning: though chkdsk attempts to fix the file system index using chkdsk with the /f command some time data loss may occur so its better to use it unless until u have a full backup of your disk
below is the chkdsk syntax for windows xp
CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]]
Though this is the first time i ever faced this problem while using this system for last 7 years, this problem mostly occurs in secondary or external harddisk if you have faced the same problem and fixed it do comment back.
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