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The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect

I am trying to delete files from my external hard drive. But when I go through the command prompt I get this error: ''The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect''. If I press shift+delete I get this error: ''Cannot delete Special Beta Edition: Cannot find specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and file name.''

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  • stepht319 May 16, 2009



    These are the results that I got. I think everything is ok.


  • stepht319 May 16, 2009

    I fixed it. I used a linux live cd to delete them.

  • aagrawal424 May 11, 2010

    why are you deleting files using command prompt? One reason of your issue could be that if your directory paths and/or filenames contain spaces but not sure of this...

  • Mohamed Omran May 11, 2010

    Did you try to run CHKDSK on that drive to see whether it has any problems or not?

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SOURCE: PC Cannot recognize External Seagate Drive

This is a common problem. IF the external was unplugged during a operations, there is a possibility of hard drive corruption. Also, you mentioned it was on a MAC. If your buddy formatted the drive for the MAC (Which would be HSF) so PC won't see the filesystem anymore until you reformat for PC (FAT or NTFS). I understand you might not was to reformat, but that is my recommended answer to this issue. There is one other choice though. Try googling Diskwarrior. This program is pretty good at repairing corrupted harddrives and it pretty good at detecting filesystems. If disk warrior doesn't do the trick, I would go with reformating.

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SOURCE: external hard disk unreadable

Your hard-drive is crashed and unreadable by win32.dll what you can do is try kick starting by using your friend computer it just might do it. I had same problem and I asked my son to using my hard-drive on his PC. It worked and still working. good luck

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SOURCE: about my seagate 160 gb hard drive (external)

i hav usb seagate 160 gb hard disk.nw it is nt getting open message is the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable........CHKDSK is also not working for it.error is "unable to determine volume version and start"....plz help fast

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SOURCE: Chkdsk will not run

You need to run chkdsk /F /X and then the drive letter c: for example.

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SOURCE: Seagate Free Agent Drive cannot be modified? Worked before...

Ok,

Sounds like it's one of three things then

Disk trouble from unplugging the usb while the unit is still "running" and not yet finalized. Running CHKDSK /? /F in the run box where ? = extrenal drives lettrer. Then restart the computer(done from windows PC with drive attached)

Shell trouble I have already advised a dozen or so people this week that if CHKDSK doesn't work, replace the shell with a new one and see if the hard drive works in the new shell.

Failed harddrive, of course this is always an option. If neither of the above suggestions works then it's possible the hdd has failed and you may need to send it to a pro if you have any files on it that need retreiving.

Hope this helps FixYa, if you need additional help just reply to this by adding a comment.


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