The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable error on Windows

If you connect your USB or external device and you receive an error message <Drive>:\ is not accessible, The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, then there could be some physical damage to the device, the File System could have become corrupted or the external device could be infected with malware.

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

We will be taking a look at the following methods to fix this error on Windows 10-

  1. Run Check Disk.
  2. Scan for malware.
  3. Format the destination drive.

1] Run Check Disk

We will use the command line version of ChkDsk to get more done. Run Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following command:

chkdsk <Drive Letter>: /f /r /x /b

It will either start checking for errors and fixing them, or it will show up a message saying – Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process, Would you like the schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

Hit Y for scheduling the Disk Check the next time the system restarts.

2] Detect and remove malware

There can be some serious malware infection on your computer which could trigger such type of behavior. To fix this, you can perform a full system scan, a quick scan and a boot time scan from Windows Defender or any other antivirus software that you are using.

3] Format the destination drive

Open File Explorer. Right click on the drive that is encountering the error that is mentioned above.

From the context menu, select FormatIt will open a new mini window. For the menu of File System, select the option of NTFS from the drop-down menu.

Check the box that is labeled as Quick Format. Finally, click on Start.

Do note that this will remove all the contents of your storage device.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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