deleting corrupted files

  profi 23:52 30 Sep 2006

I have an external HD (j:/) which I use for back-ups. One of the directories contains files which are reported as not acessible, being corrupted and unreadable. I cannot rename or delete them. How can I get rid of these files? I tried opening a command prompt, but having reached the j:/ directory, I couldn't remember enough from MSDOS days to delete them.

  sil_ver 00:08 01 Oct 2006

Can't you move everything readable to another drive, reformat the offending drive then move everything back again

  profi 00:14 01 Oct 2006

Well, yes but ... I was hoping for something a little less drastic.

  sil_ver 00:22 01 Oct 2006

I think the DOS command is DEL [drive:] [path] filename [/p]
ERASE [drive] [path] filename [/p]

/p specifies that DOS should prompt you before deleting

SAMPLE: To delete the file named garbage.doc from the C:\myjunk directory you would enter
C:\del \myjunk\garbage.doc

I've copied this from my old DOS book so may not work on XP

  profi 00:50 01 Oct 2006

Thanks again. I think I'll have to take the advice in your first posting, 'cos I've used folder and file names acceptable to XP but not to DOS (ie with spaces)!

  sil_ver 10:50 01 Oct 2006

Maybe you can use the parameter *.doc for example to delete all with the .doc suffix

  Mavisk 12:07 01 Oct 2006

Try creating a new folder,then left click offending files and drag them into it,then delete.

  sil_ver 12:24 01 Oct 2006

If none of these suggestions work then I guess it's back to my first suggestion. Backup what you can and reformat

  rsinbad 12:37 01 Oct 2006

may help click here

  profi 15:08 01 Oct 2006

Thank you sil_ver: the *.doc comes up with "invalid switch".

Thank you mavisk: they dragged successfully, but attempts to delete them were met with the same problems I had in their previous folders.

Thank you rsinbad: unlocker told me it had deleted, but it had not.

Looks like a reformat (tho I may just try Norton Disk doctor on the way past).

  Mavisk 15:53 01 Oct 2006

Have you tried booting in safe mode,then deleting corrupted files?.

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