[Solved] The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable on Windows 10,8,8.1,7 and XP

Hello, here is a tutorial on how to solve usb or flash drive or local drive – the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable error. This happens when you do not remove your usb or flash drive safely without closing all the applications which are running on usb drive. It may even happen with your internal hard disk drives because of force shutting down your pc/laptop while apps or software’s from a drive are running, which can be solved using this method. In this article I not only provide you on how to solve - the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable error but also on how to recover your lost data from your drive very easily (this may be considered as a black hat method).

To solve - the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable I will provide you with 2 methods, through which you can solve the error without losing your data on the drive.


So Why Does the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable Error Occur??

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable is an error which states that the memory allocations on your drive are lost, you need to set it back to its old state. When do you lose your memory allocations normally ?? here is the answer, forcefully removing the usb drive or flash drive (doesn’t happen always, it’s just a chance) without closing the applications running on the drive. As its highly difficult to manually reallocate its addresses, we do it using tools which windows provide inbuilt for solving such problems.

You can just Format your pendrive or usb drive or flash drive by right clicking on the drive and selecting “Format” to solve this error, if you don’t want to lose data on the drive or if you can format the drive follow the tutorial on method 1

Method 1: How to Solve the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable Error

  1)  Search for “CMD” and right click on cmd and select “Run as Administrator”

    2)  Now type the following command
Chkdsk /f /r location of partition:
You find the name of your usb partition from “My computer”
For Example: type “Chkdsk /f /r d:


    3)  Wait till the process reaches 100%

That’s it your drive will now show up and ready to be used. If your problem is still now solved, just format the drive now, even if you are not able to format the drive before you can do it now. Some of the errors on the drive are solved and it can be formatted successfully. In case if the process failed with any kind of error move to method –II, in which we recover the data first and format the drive.

Method- II: How to Solve The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable Error Using Data Recovery Software

Requirements: Any data recovery software, which can deep scan any drive. Here I am using “EaseUS data Recovery”, you need a full version to recover your files, you can either purchase it or crack it.

How to Crack EaseUS Data Recovery Software:?

   1)  Download EaseUS Data Recovery

   2)  Download The Crack 

   3)  Turn off your Internet connection

   4)  Install the software 

  5)  Go to “C:\Program Files\EaseUS\EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard” change the name of EuActiveOnline.dll to EuActiveOFFline.dll 

   6)  Open EaseUS Data Recovery and go to register now on the top

  7)  Now open the keygen in the crack folder, copy the serial key from the keygen and paste it in EaseUS Data Recovery Registration box.

   8)  That’s it, your unlimited EaseUS Data Recovery is complete

How to Recover Data Using EaseUS Data Recovery Software:?

   9) you need to start scanning the drive . If your files are not visible when you scanned, click on “Deep scan”, then all your files will be visible.

   10)   Select the files and click on “Recover”, That’s it

   11) Now your files are safe, you can format the drive and everything will be back to normal. 

If you still face any issue performing recovery or solving the error, feel free to comment below.

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