Fix the File or Directory Is Corrupted and Unreadable Error

What is "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

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How to fix * is not accessible file directory corrupted unreadable error without losing data in Windows 10/8/7 when Windows gives error message saying: "c/d/f/h:/ is not accessible the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, please run chkdsk utility"?

Answer: Free recover data from usb hard drive/memory card with file directory corrupted and unreadable error by using free tool iCare Data Recovery Free to recover data inside at first and then fix the error with following methods.

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Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to restore files/photos/videos from the file or directory error at first.

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Open iCare after installing and then start scanning there to take inaccessible documents, videos, photos and files back as possible as you can.

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Fix The File or Directory Is Corrupted and/or Unreadable Error with 3 methods

Possible cause 1) : damaged MBR/FAT corruption/virus attack

How to run chkdsk utility from boot on Windows computers? Click Start => Run => Type in "cmd" and enter "chkdsk /f g:".

Or you may use this following access to open chkdsk shown as the following photo:

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Please Note: Change the command lines correspondingly when your external drive/usb/memory card drive letter is not G.
Chkdsk also cannot delete/remove/fix file directory corrupted unreadable error issues, go read this page: Repair corrupted file or directory error without data loss

Possible cause 2): physical/logical damage

Bad sectors could be an important issue that may bring to your digital device. You may get it fixed with a freeware Partition Resizer. You may download it here

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Possible causes 3): device not safely removed

When your digital device was not safely removed, then it may go wild and has such problem. And this should go from the very beginning step to recover data with freeware, and then fix the damaged file system error with the following method.

Fix the damaged device with cmd

open cmd and then type [format F:/fs:ntfs] and then enter. (F could be the drive that is damaged.)

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Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

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