Directory corrupted and unreadable

By wildbluefaerie
May 5, 2010
  1. [solved] Directory corrupted and unreadable

    A couple of weeks ago I suddenly started getting this error message "C:/.... is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable." when I tried to access my downloads folder. So I scheduled a disk check for the next time the computer booted, but it didn't solve anything. It currently tries to do the same disk check every time I boot. I tried to run chkdsk with \f from the console, but got an error message "chkdsk.exe - Corrupt File. The file or directory C:/... is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility." And of course a system restore didn't work either. The directory, however, can be accessed without problems from linux (I have a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu). I've been googling and trying everything I can think of, but I'm out of ideas, so any suggestions would be welcome. Images of the actual error messages are attached to this post. Thanks!

    Technical details
    Windows 7
    Ubuntu 10.4
    Dell Latitude E5400

    edit: I have reinstalled Windows and the problem seems to be gone.

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  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    I see you solved by reinstall and hopefully, there's not a "next" time but, just in case, don't know if you're familiar with System File Check utility. It fixes /replaces files that are critical to Windows that are missing or corrupt.

    Then you could've tried running chkdsk again
  3. wildbluefaerie

    wildbluefaerie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Noted, thanks. :)
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