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    I used Acronis to restore some files to my HD. I discovered that as a result, some (just a few) of the files restored give an error "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" when I access them.

    (1) I cannot delete the files (I get the error mentioned)
    (2) When I do CHKDSK/F (I need a restart for that); all is OK; CHKDSK does NOT report nor fix any problems

    Question: I'm OK to just delete these files but how do I do that?

    PS This is NOT related to a different question in this same forum where I have reboot problems: that happens on a different system. Guess the crisis hit me on my computers too...

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    [quote name='ErikJan' post='763105' date='03-Mar-2009 10:10'][/quote]

    When you try to delete the file, do you select it first or just right click and select delete?


    If your hard drive is formatted as FAT32 you could use a DOS boot disk and try navigating to the folder and using the DOS delete command.
    Or you could use F8 and try booting into the command line. Then navigate to the folder and use command line command to delete the file.
    Or using an XP install disk boot into the recovery console and nvaigate,etc.,etc.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='763130' date='03-Mar-2009 19:13']When you try to delete the file, do you select it first or just right click and select delete?


    If your hard drive is formatted as FAT32 you could use a DOS boot disk and try navigating to the folder and using the DOS delete command.
    Or you could use F8 and try booting into the command line. Then navigate to the folder and use command line command to delete the file.
    Or using an XP install disk boot into the recovery console and nvaigate,etc.,etc.

    Joe[/quote]
    No, any way I try to delete, it does not work. In safe mode command mode it complains about \$Mft corrupt when I try to delete...
    Did chkdsk /f again and all is OK; guess the disk structure is good but there's something wrong with the files. Is there a check tool that check all directory entries of all files (something better than CHKDSK??)/

    This is an NTFS disk. I don't have an install disk as my (DELL) system uses a hidden recovery partition; I'll give DELL a call tomorrow to explore my options here. Is the RC also something I can get directly from MS? I have WinXP Pro SP3

    Also of course, any suggestions how I could get rid of these files would be appreciated. They are on my data partition, as a last resort, I can backup my partition, quick reformat it and copy the files back on there...

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    [quote name='ErikJan' post='763188' date='03-Mar-2009 17:26']No, any way I try to delete, it does not work. In safe mode command mode it complains about \$Mft corrupt when I try to delete...
    Did chkdsk /f again and all is OK; guess the disk structure is good but there's something wrong with the files. Is there a check tool that check all directory entries of all files (something better than CHKDSK??)/

    This is an NTFS disk. I don't have an install disk as my (DELL) system uses a hidden recovery partition; I'll give DELL a call tomorrow to explore my options here. Is the RC also something I can get directly from MS? I have WinXP Pro SP3

    Also of course, any suggestions how I could get rid of these files would be appreciated. They are on my data partition, as a last resort, I can backup my partition, quick reformat it and copy the files back on there...[/quote]
    You could try the thrid party programs Dr. Delete or Sure Delete. Both are [free].
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='763191' date='03-Mar-2009 23:33']You could try the thrid party programs Dr. Delete or Sure Delete. Both are [free].[/quote]
    Tried both just now, they fail (e.g. Dr.Delete says: file not found when I select it...)

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    [quote name='ErikJan' post='763197' date='03-Mar-2009 15:44'][/quote]

    See if How to repair MFT - Windows XP Support helps.

    Joe

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    Have you tried SFC /SCANNOW?
    Start>Run> type scf /scannow and have a XP cd ready or point it to an i386 folder.
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    Or try the tried and true UNLOCKER
    to unlock and delete them?
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    [quote name='ErikJan' post='763105' date='03-Mar-2009 19:10']I used Acronis to restore some files to my HD. I discovered that as a result, some (just a few) of the files restored give an error "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" when I access them.

    (1) I cannot delete the files (I get the error mentioned)
    (2) When I do CHKDSK/F (I need a restart for that); all is OK; CHKDSK does NOT report nor fix any problems

    Question: I'm OK to just delete these files but how do I do that?

    PS This is NOT related to a different question in this same forum where I have reboot problems: that happens on a different system. Guess the crisis hit me on my computers too... [/quote]

    I found on the Internet a whole lot of problems with this issue, all related to restores done with Acronis TrueImage versions!! I read somewhere that Acronis now claims that after many years they have finally fixed this bug in their newest release (Home 9 or 2009?).
    When reading through all the entries this appears to be caused by Linux (which is the OS that Acronis uses to boot when started from CD); it seems that this makes an error sometimes when writing some (not all) files to an NTFS target. Some brilliant minds could fix this by booting into a special LINUX OS. I found a much easier fix in another place, tested it and it works!!! This will however only remove folders and all files in it; strangely enough, folders with bad files may be moved, so as a first step, move all 'bad stuff' as much as possible under one folder that may be fully removed later.
    The trick is to now reboot from the Acronis CD again, select Backup and then when one is asked for the destination folder, browse to the folder that can be deleted. When selected, at the top of the explorer browse window in TrueImage, a Delete-button becomes active. Just click it! It appears the system that made the errors in the first place can also delete them again!!
    Worked for me

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    [quote name='ErikJan' post='763477' date='04-Mar-2009 16:29'][/quote]

    What a mess!!! Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for posting your solution. Many Loungers use TI.

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