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H:\ not accessible The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

It shows as a drive on the root directory but does not read folder/file data, just says disk read error/ disk corrupted. Thats about it, am trying to recover data using GDBNT get data back NTFS. will keep you posted, thanks, meanwhile if you can come up with something much obliged.

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  • Ranfer May 24, 2008

    Have tried it on my latop as well, but am finally on my way, tried imaging the drive but no luck even with undisker. Now am finally using getdataback to retrieve it, this should work, am pretty confident. Every drive needs some free space for buffering data, problem is theres nothing in windows to prevent a drive from bieng filled to the brim as i learnt from this experience. Thanks a lot for your time, incase u think of something else, always welcome. Thanks again.

  • Ranfer Jun 14, 2008

    Kindly give me some more details on...

    1. External USB/internal sata/ide drive?

    2. Age of drive.

    3. What was the last known process the drive was executing, copying/backup....etc?

    4. What perating system you are using.


  • rahul2verma Jul 23, 2008

    I am facing the same problem which others ar facing but there is no solution work for me so, tell me asp what to do? it shows M:/ is not accessible and the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.So, plz provide me the solution as soon possible.

  • Anonymous Aug 11, 2008

    laptop hdd ide

  • sreta92 Jan 14, 2009

    H:\ not accessible The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. I have the same problem. Friend gave me external HD WD 500gb to watch some movies. Me, fool, give to my friend that, and he unplug HD whitout conformition on Windows 2000 profesional, and restart and now is instead NTFS - RAW. Can I recover pictures and b up which is in word and than format, because movies is collateral damage, i can erase them. Please help me, and I am sorry for my english. i hope you understand me

  • RobMiles Jan 19, 2009

    I have an external had drive with the same problem. It an external 500GB Philips SPE3051CC/00. It is being acknowledged by my laptop by sounding and showing up in My Computer, but instead of its usual title 'PHILIPS EXTERNAL...' it is called 'Local Disk'. When trying to access the drive I am told "H: is not accessible. The is corrupted and unreadble." I have installed nothing since it last worked, not saved anythingon it or taken anything off and not moved the drive anywhere. Please help!!

  • RobMiles Jan 20, 2009

    I have the log from the event viewer from the time it was last working to the first time it stopped it that will be of any help for anyone? The drive is a Philips 500GB External Drive USB2, just over 9 months old. I'm running XP Home. All that I was doing before it stopped working was transferring a few .pdf files onto the laptop, nothing was scanning/defragging etc.
    Please Help!

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How can i solve I:\ is not accessible the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

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It's possible that files system, more exactly, the MFT or file allocation table is damaged. it may be caused by disk ejecting while the drive is still working. also it might be caused by virus infection. to fix this you can
step 1: retrieve data from the drive with recovery apps. since it can't be opened now, you need to restore data with professional to
If there is no important data on the drive, you can skip the step 1 and try the following solution:
Solution 1: format the drive directly. you can either format it under Disk Management or Windows Explorer with Quick Format.
Solution 2: carry out ChkDsk to repair file system errors. chkdsk /f g: g is the drive letter of the partition in question and it can be other letter in your case.
Type Y and hit Enter and restart computer to resume disk check if you get the message "Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? "
for detailed steps with screenshot you can go

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Check this data recover software, it works in recovering your corrupt, deleted and lost files.

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The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable....
how 2 solve

Posted on Jan 06, 2011

Ok i have the same problem, however, i put the hd in my sons pc, and it reads it fine.. wierd huh?

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

You will need to put up some more info about what type of drive it is, external/internal, what operating system you are with, how old is your drive, what was the last operation you used the drive for?

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Im experiencing the same problem. The it is an external 2.5" drive. It is a Fujitsu 60gig HD. OS - XP SP2, Please let me know how to retrieve my data

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Thats not a good sign when it says disk read error/ disk corrupted. It usually indicates some sort of hardware failure. Did you try it with other USB ports or another computer for that matter? Look into the USB connector, maybe there is something foreign in there causing the errors (like dust).

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